Women's Counseling and Therapy
Mental health disorders can affect women differently. Some mental health disorders are more common in women such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. There are also certain disorders that are unique to women such as postpartum depression, perinatal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and perimenopause-related depression.
Major life transitions such as pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause can create physical and emotional stress for women. Negative life experiences such as infertility and perinatal loss, discrimination, violence, and divorce also impact women's mental health and well-being.
Our practice is woman-owned and all of our therapists are women who are clinically trained and experienced to provide women with compassionate and effective counseling and support. We offer counseling services in the following areas:
Support with parenting and marriage difficulties
Perinatal Depression - Depression that occurs during pregnancy or within a year after delivery. Depression is one of the most common complications of pregrancy.
Postpartum Depression - An escalation of depressive symptoms following perinatal depression. Some symptoms include feeling sad, depressed, frequent crying, intense anxiety and/or obsessions, feelings of guilt and incompetence, fatigue/sleep disturbance, changes in appetite, suicidal thoughts, and loss of interest in usual activities. We also offer screening for PPD.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - Characterized by significant premenstrual mood disturbance that may interfere with functioning and impact relationships.
Perimenopause-related Depression - The transition time between normal period cycles to the complete cessation of menses is called perimenopause. During this time women are at higher risk of depression, and may experience insomnia, hot flashes, and mood problems.
Trauma in women - Women are more likely that men to experience some form of trauma. About 1 in 3 women will experience some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime. According to the Violence Policy Center women also represent 85% of those involved in intimate partner violence. Traumatic events and abusive relationships may lead to an increase in anxiety, depression, flashbacks, PTSD, fear, guilt and emotional detachment.
Eating disorders in women - Women are twice as likely to experience an eating disorder when compared to men. Some eating disorders women may experience are Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. Eating disorders are commonly linked to mood disorders and some symptoms may include bingeing and purging behaviors, a preoccupation with food/restrictive eating, intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image.
If you have experienced or are currently experiencing any of the above challenges, or simply need to talk about stress that impacts you as a woman, contact us today with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. We respond to inquiries within 24 hours.
We are conveniently located on 125 W. 55th Street, in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a short drive from Hinsdale Central High School and we see clients from all over the Chicagoland area including Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont, Downers Grove, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, La Grange and Elmurst.
We provide in person as well as online (telehealth) appointments to meet the needs of each client.