Specialties

People come to therapy for many reasons, including:
Long standing emotional distress
Relationship problems
Surviving a crime, accident, trauma, domestic violence or sexual abuse
Depression and Anxiety
Life transitions
Concerns about your child
Couples communication
Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Affirmative LGBT identity development
Personal growth
Creative block
Sexual problems
Grief and loss
Fears and phobia
Alcoholism or substance abuse
Body issues and eating disorders
Disturbing thoughts or experiences

Long standing emotional distress
Therapy can help to relieve negative thoughts or feelings that get in the way of living productively. Examples of long term problems include: depression, anxiety, mental fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or feeling overwhelmed by work or home life.

Relationship problems
Disagreements and bad feelings with any significant person in your life can lead to stress, self-doubt, anger, and confusion. Therapy can provide an opportunity to sort through your feelings and to develop better communication and coping strategies. You can attend therapy sessions alone or with your partner, family member, or friend.

Surviving a crime, accident, trauma, or abuse such as domestic violence or sexual abuse
Experiencing a traumatic event can upset your sense of safety in the world and can have long lasting impact on your trust in yourself and in others. Therapy can help you to regain balance and perspective after a traumatic event. In the safety of a confidential session, you can sort out conflicting reactions to the trauma, develop coping skills, and make plans to move forward in your life.

Depression and Anxiety
Whether you are experiencing acute changes in mood or anxiety levels in response to recent events, or whether you feel that you have been "low" or "out of sorts" for a long period of time, psychotherapy is a key component of a return (or start) to experiencing a more optimal state. We work with you to clarify contributing factors, find supportive resources with collaborating partners, and make plans for lasting personal change.

Life transitions
We often face major changes such as beginning or ending a relationship, starting a new job, moving, or adjusting to a new health status without much warning or anticipation of the effect on our psychological health. These life transitions sometimes deplete your emotional resources. A therapist can help you to work through your options, better understand the choices you have made and the choices you are facing, and can assist you in planning and evaluating your goals.

Concerns about your child
Children experiencing difficulties with parents, peers, or teachers can often benefit from play therapy where a child can use toys and games to express what is difficult to say in words. Through a partnership with parent(s) and guardian(s), the therapist and child work on developmental skills, better expression of feelings, and better understanding by the child of hirself and hir surroundings.

Couples communication
Couples often settle into unsatisfactory or damaging patterns of communication and behavior. You may not understand why you and your partner hurt each other or behave the way you do. We provide a safe space for each of you to express your concerns, air your opinions, and find a way to reconnect.

Gender identity, Sexual Orientation and Affirmative LGBT identity development
Individual, couples, and family therapy can provide a supportive environment in which to develop self-awareness and acceptance and to explore the challenges of living in a heterosexist and cisgenderist society.

Personal growth
Although we often seek therapy to relieve pain or distress, therapy can also be used to challenge ourselves to grow. In dialogue with a therapist, you can develop a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, learn to overcome personal obstacles, or make plans for new ventures.

Creative block
Artists, musicians, and actors challenge themselves to examine and communicate their experiences to the world. Therapy can help to facilitate a more attuned personal experience, a clearer expression of one's perspective, and a deeper journey into ones' personal creative process.

Sexual problems
Dissatisfaction with sexual response and problems with intimacy can cause stress and feelings of inadequacy or shame. Individual and couples therapy can help facilitate communication and increase satisfaction in the relationship. We work in tandem with certified sex therapists to provide a range of services.

Grief and loss
In addition to the grief and shock of losing someone close, you may have unresolved issues that leave you with feelings of guilt, sadness, or anger. Therapy can help you to process these feelings and to recover from your loss.

Fears and phobia
Panic and anxiety triggered by specific objects or actions can seriously limit your daily life. Therapy can assist you to better understand, face and diffuse the power of these debilitating problems.

Alcoholism or substance abuse
If you struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, psychotherapy can be a part of a healing system focused on getting your life back in order. Individual therapy, group programs, and appropriate medical assistance can help you and your family to create a better life.

Body issues and eating disorders
If you feel discomfort with your body, worries about eating, or persistent thoughts of food or exercise, you may be struggling with an eating or body image disorder. Therapy can assist in developing a more comfortable relationship to your body, better self-acceptance, and a more accurate understanding of factors contributing to your self-criticism and pain. We work with allied professionals to help you develop a healthy relationship to your body and food.

Disturbing thoughts or experiences
If you are having strange or new experiences, such as periods of unusual activity or depression, lost time, or perceptual disturbances such as hearing things that other people do not hear, a therapist may be able to assist you in determining the best course of treatment to alleviate and manage symptoms.

Lincoln Park
1000 W Diversey, Suite 275
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Andersonville
(satellite office)
5209 N Clark, 2nd Floor
To reach us:
phone: 773-281-7200
email: info@cca-cct.com