Frequently Asked Questions About
Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy
The following is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for consultation with a mental health professional. Call 773-525-3322 for a free phone consultation.
What is Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy?
We are a cooperative of independent professionals who provide therapy to adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families in Chicago. Some of our areas of expertise are eating disorders, compulsive behavior, substance abuse, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, and fertility support. We offer individual, couples and group therapy, pharmacotherapy (medication), nutrition therapy, psychological testing, and drop-in support groups.
When is it time to seek counseling or psychotherapy?
The best time to seek counseling or therapy is before your problems or symptoms have become too severe. This will give you the best chance of feeling better quickly and preventing more complicated problems. Even today, many people still feel a sense of stigma or shame around seeking help. Just about everybody can benefit from therapy at some point in his or her life. Therapy may consist of getting some support through a difficult transition, or may require a longer period to change long-standing patterns. Call 773-525-3322, for a free phone consultation to determine if counseling or therapy will be helpful to you.
What are the differences between counseling, psychotherapy, and pharmacotherapy?
Historically, counseling referred to help with everyday problems and psychotherapy was used to describe treatment for mental illness. Today, these terms are used interchangeably. Lakeview Center’s therapists have degrees in psychology, psychiatry, social work, or counseling, but we all work with a wide range of problems using a similar approach. (See our approach to therapy). Pharmacotherapy is the use of medication to address emotional difficulties. Medication may only be prescribed by a psychiatrist. Typically, we recommend that medication be used in addition to, and not instead of, psychotherapy. You may see our nutritionist or our psychopharmacologist in addition to a therapist in or outside the center.
How do I pick a therapist at Lakeview Center?
One option is to read the information about our therapists and to call the therapist(s) you are interested in directly. Another option is to call our intake coordinator at 773-525-3322 ext. 42 for a free phone consultation. A therapist will call you back, ask you questions, and match you with a therapist based on your schedule, fee requirements, specific problems, and personality. If you have had therapy in the past, discuss what worked or did not work for you so we may choose the therapist most likely to be helpful.
How much will therapy cost?
Our therapists’ fees are based on their level of training and experience. All of our therapists offer a limited number of sliding fee appointments based on financial need. Supervised therapists who have completed their degrees but are not yet licensed may be seen at lower fees ($50-90). Very low fee therapy with student externs may also be available.
What will happen at my intake interview/first session?
In the first session, you and your potential therapist will interview each other to see if the two of you are a good match. You will be charged for the session. Feel free to ask your therapist questions about her or his style and approach. Your therapist will ask you questions about your current difficulties and the your history. At the end of the session, your therapist will make recommendations about the type and frequency of therapy you will need and will discuss the fees and schedule. You may decide to interview more than one therapist if you are not certain you feel comfortable with the first therapist you meet.
How long will I need to come to therapy? How often?
The answer to these questions depends on the types of problems you are seeking to address. Typically, therapy lasts for a minimum of several months. More complicated problems, such as eating disorders, may require years to overcome. We recommend you begin therapy by coming at least once a week, to give you and your therapist a chance to get to know each other. When you are feeling better, sometimes it is appropriate to come every other week. Decisions about how often to come and when to end therapy will be made by you and your therapist together.
Do I need to attend my child or adolescent’s therapy?
To address the problems of young children, grade school and younger, parents need to be involved. Parents may come for part or all of a child’s sessions, and may often be asked to come in without the child to discuss family issues and parenting questions. Adolescents, who are working on forming their own identity, often need a place of their own to discuss their problems. Unless there are questions about a child or adolescent’s safety, what your child brings up in therapy is kept confidential, so she or he feels free to open up to the therapist
When is group therapy or recommended?
Group therapy is often the best place to explore issues connected to how you relate to others. If you are experiencing conflict in relationships, problems with intimacy, or if you are feeling isolated and alone, group therapy may be helpful. Group therapy may also be an affordable alternative to individual therapy.For people who are struggling with overwheliming emotions or problematic behavior, DBT groups are very helpful.
Can I call for a friend or adult family member who needs therapy?
Feel free to call us for a consultation about your friend or family member. While the decision to begin therapy is up to the individual, it might be helpful for to provide him or her with information about therapy options. It may also be helpful to come in for a few sessions yourself, to get support and guidance in coping with the problems of your loved one.
If you have not found the answers to your questions here, please feel free to call us at 773-525-3322.