Does any of this sound familiar?
You know you need support, but you can’t make it to a therapy office for counseling services right now. You feel so alone. Like you just can’t find firm footing. Perhaps you’ve tried to talk to friends and just don’t feel heard or understood. Why can’t you just feel better already?
No matter what you try, the anxious thoughts continue. The self-blame and critical voice in the back of your head just get louder and louder. Your relationships are suffering and you feel completely disconnected.
You’ve been thinking about counseling. But how can you make it work? Getting across town for counseling sessions doesn’t even sound practical at the moment. Not to mention, where would you find childcare? But you do want to start feeling better.
Online Counseling Can Help
At the Center for Relational Transformation, we know you want the support and guidance of counseling in a way that fits your lifestyle. Our caring, online therapists can help you process your emotions and find healing through online counseling sessions. Whether you’re suffering from anxiety, depression or just plain feeling overwhelmed, we’re here to help.
Reasons to consider online counseling:
You Don't Have Time for Therapy
Privacy and Discretion for Counseling is Vital
Your Counselor is too far away now
Therapists in your area aren't a good fit for you
Our Approach to Online Therapy in Illinois
At the Center for Relational Transformation, we believe that feeling connected to others, especially during moments of stress, is critical for mental and emotional wellbeing. Trauma happens when overwhelming things happen but you don't have anyone special to talk to. We all need someone special in our lives to help us through those difficult moments. Our compassionate therapists can be that special person you can talk to. We are here to help undo the aloneness.
Through online counseling sessions, we join you in the dark, confusing moments. You invite your therapist into your home, office or other location to sit with you in those difficult moments. We give you a safe space to express and explore your feelings. Your online therapist is a witness to your pain and a companion in your struggle. Our therapists are compassionate and seek to see and hear you for who you are. It is that vital connection that makes all the difference. Together, you and your therapist, can bring about profound transformation and healing.
Benefits of Online Counseling
At the Center for Relational Transformation, we believe everyone deserves the support of a caring therapist during difficult struggles. Therefore, we offer online therapist services that can fit with your lifestyle. In fact, there are several benefits to online counseling sessions, also sometimes called telehealth.
Benefit #1 of Online Therapy Sessions: It saves you time
You don’t have to take the L to our counseling office in the Chicago loop to get counseling services. In fact, you don’t even have to come into the city of Chicago to see one of our therapists. Through using online counseling sessions, you save a great deal of travel time to and from a physical office. It’s easy to fit In a counseling session during your lunch hour or even a child’s nap. You simply go to a private space at the scheduled time and log in.
Benefit #2 of Online Therapy Sessions: Privacy
When you attend counseling sessions online, there is no fear someone will see you walking into our office or you’ll run into a colleague. Therefore, there is an increased element of privacy. You don’t need to explain to your boss why you need an extra-long lunch since you’re logging in for only the time of your scheduled appointment. And, because we use an encrypted, HIPAA compliant software your data is secure online as well.
Benefit #3 of Online Therapy Sessions: Accessibility
There are a variety of reasons you may have had difficulty attending counseling sessions in the past. Maybe you live in rural Illinois and would typically have to drive a long distance for mental health services. Or perhaps you have difficulty moving around due to physical limitations. Crutches, wheelchairs, walkers and the need for oxygen can make getting out to attend traditional therapy appointments a daunting task. Online therapy can be an excellent option in these situations. As long as you have access to a device with reliable internet and are physically located in the state of Illinois, you are able to easily access your online therapist. Furthermore, you are still able to attend counseling appointments, but save your energy for the emotional work you’ll do with your therapist instead of worrying about the logistics of getting to a counseling office.
Benefit #4 of Online Therapy Sessions: Choice
One of the best parts of telehealth is that it opens up options for people. Through online counseling, you can see a therapist who is physically located anywhere in the state of Illinois. From our office in downtown Chicago, our clients can meet with people in Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Naperville or anywhere else in the state! You aren’t limited to the therapists located closest to you.
Phone therapy sessions are also an option for individuals
While video sessions are preferred for virtual counseling, we also know that technology can have limitations. First of all, if you are having connectivity issues you may want to situate yourself near your WiFi internet router or use an old-fashioned Lan Cable to directly connect your computer to your internet modem. Also, make sure nobody else in your house is using the internet during your session. Perhaps offer your children or spouse a DVD rather than streaming video or apps on a tablet that aren’t connected to the internet. Another option is to use your cell phone if you have enough bars (have a good connection) and use our video app for your session.
However, at the end of the day, don’t let internet problems stand in the way of getting the mental health support you need. Our therapists also offer phone counseling sessions for individuals or individual members of a couple. We are here and ready to help.
Online Counseling for Anxiety Treatment in Illinois
You’re worried about the future. Or perhaps your having difficulty sleeping because of swirling thoughts. Self-doubt takes hold more often than you’d like to admit and you start to question every move you make. You’re having trouble slowing down because your mind is going a thousand miles a minute. Our online therapists are able to offer anxiety treatment online and help you examine your anxious thoughts, develop new coping skills and change your relationship with your anxiety.
Online Counseling for Depression in Illinois
You feel disconnected from the world around you. Isolated. Sad. Maybe even hopeless. It’s hard to get out of bed. You are depressed. And it is important you get help. Our therapists help you get in touch with your feelings, identify your needs and create a plan for you to reconnect with others bringing hope back into your world. Online counseling can be especially helpful for depression as you don’t have to drag yourself out of the door. You simply sit up and login to attend counseling sessions.
Online Counseling for those who feel stuck, alone or overwhelmed
Maybe it’s not depression or anxiety. At least you don’t think it is. It’s just that you are in a really stressful period of your life right now. And you need some support. To feel understood. To find a way to reconnect to your life and the people in it. Therapy can help you regain a sense of control in your life, find the inner strength to keep moving forward and feel good about who you are in this moment. For more information and tips for connection, read our blog post here!
Begin Online Therapy in Illinois
The hope you are looking for is right here, from online counselors at our Chicago Loop counseling center. Our caring therapists are ready to help you manage your anxiety, depression and more through online therapy. To begin:
Hear back from a therapist within 24 hours (except for Sundays or Holidays)
Begin to live life more fully with meaningful connections.
Online Therapy in Illinois and in Our Downtown Chicago Counseling Center
All hope is not lost. Helping individuals and couples dealing with relationship issues is our passion. You can and will become better than ever before. Our framework for compassionate communication helps couples in all stages of a relationship. We can help with premarital counseling, couples therapy, poly, and open relationship counseling and marriage counseling. If you have experienced infidelity, we offer divorce discernment therapy and affair recovery counseling. Our skilled therapists also offer anxiety treatment and depression therapy in our downtown Chicago psychotherapy office. We look forward to helping you become the best version of yourself you can be.