We will make every effort to address any questions you may have.

Restorative Counseling strives to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. We understand that you may feel nervous about seeking counseling. We hope that these answers will provide a certain level of readiness and comfort in seeking assistance from the clinicians at Restorative Counseling. Some common FAQ about Counseling:

How long is a typical session?

Sessions, including the intake session, are 45-55 minutes in length. This depends on your insurance plan or your private-pay plan.​

How often will we meet?

In the beginning, weekly sessions are encouraged to establish rapport and begin the therapeutic process. Under some circumstances, clients may prefer to meet twice weekly or on a bi-weekly basis. We will discuss together the frequency of our meetings depending on your emotional needs, finances, and availability. To maximize the effectiveness of counseling, it is important to have a consistent schedule.

Is there anything I need to do before my first appointment?

After we schedule your first appointment, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to fill out required paperwork online. This is done through a confidential and HIPAA-complaint website. All forms must be completed in their entirety at least 48-hours prior to your first appointment. We will review the forms and policies during your first session. Your clinician will answer any questions you may have at that time.

Please be sure to bring your insurance card to your first appointment.

Can you prescribe medication?

We offer counseling services only, not medication management. However, we are happy to refer you to psychiatrist or you can ask your primary care physician to assist you with medication management.  With your written consent, we can collaborate with your psychiatrist or physician regarding your mental health care.

 

Is everything I say confidential?

All of your information is kept strictly private. However, there are specific circumstances that I am ethically and legally required to report: (1) if there is reason to suspect you are a danger to yourself, (2) if there is reason to suspect you may carry out threats to harm another individual, and (3) if there is reason to suspect that a child, elder, or disabled individual is being harmed. Under Illinois law, I am a mandated reporter and must contact the police or Illinois Department of Child & Family Services if any of these circumstances arise. Additionally, in some legal situations a judge may override my efforts to protect your privacy. Furthermore, under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, if you are believed to pose a significant risk to the public by carrying a firearm, I may be required to report this to the Illinois Department of Human Services. If any of these situations present themselves, I will make every effort I can to discuss it with you before any action is taken.

If your question hasn’t been answered, call us at 312.729.5376.

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