Counseling and Psychotherapy

The First Session

You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with Jim, ask questions, and communicate your goals in a safe non-judgmental environment.

Your well-being is important. It’s necessary for you to be comfortable with your therapist. If you’re not comfortable, Jim will work with you to find someone who would be a better fit.

Please print out these forms prior to your initial visit. Complete each section as best you can. Bring the completed forms and your insurance card with you at the time of the appointment.

What to Expect During a Session

Therapy sessions will last approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Jim provides a warm, non-judgmental, supportive environment, helping you feel safe and comfortable. Together you will examine your feelings, thoughts, and actions. You will practice and explore alternative thoughts and actions that relieve distress.

Theoretical Approaches

Jim’s clinical approach and interventions are the integration of various theoretical frameworks, such as Mindfulness and Acceptance, Strengths Theory, Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, Feminist Theory, and Motivational Interviewing.

The sessions will focus on identifying your strengths and enhancing your natural problem-solving abilities. Identifying goals and developing manageable, measurable objectives is another part of the work. The goal will be to help you feel good about yourself, strengthen interpersonal relationships, be more successful, satisfied, and effective.

Therapy Duration

Therapy and counseling can be an open-ended process, or a precise solution-focused intervention. Jim will continually check-in with you, re-evaluating progress towards your goals, discussing the process, and identifying your needs.

Telephone

Telephone conversations are primarily used for scheduling and arrangements.

Email

Clinical services are not provided via e-mail. Generally, e-mail is used to schedule appointments or provide other basic information.

Video Conferencing

Clinical services are not provided via video conferencing.

Medications

Some patients take prescription medications to help with their mood. Primary Care Providers and Psychiatrists can prescribe medications. Psychiatrists are physicians who are specialists in the treatment of mental health care. Primary Care Providers, also known as your “family doctor” or internal medicine physicians, manage a variety of medical health concerns for adults. Prescription medications are not for everyone. We would work together to determine your needs, and sometimes we would work collaboratively with the prescribing physician to provide comprehensive care. A written Release of Information would be obtained to authorize open communication with the physician. Use of prescription medications can be a deeply personal decision.

Confidentiality

Illinois law and the National Association of Social Workers require Social Workers to protect the privacy and safety of their clients. If during the course of communication a client discloses they will hurt themselves or others, causing serious bodily harm, engaging in elder abuse or child abuse, reporting to appropriate authorities is mandated.