Couples Counseling in Chicago

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

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Contact Linda. She will answer all your questions about our services 

Keep in mind that 80% of therapists in private practice work with  couples, but only a handful have the appropriate training and experience for helping distressed couples.
So when it comes to professional help, be sure to choose a well trained expert for your couples counseling experience.


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What are the Benefits of Couples Counseling?

Counseling for your relationship can reverse the effects of a downward spiral. Studies have concluded that the majority of people who receive help for relationship difficulties from a qualified professional are better off than they would be without professional help.

Here are some of the major benefits of this type of counseling

1) You can learn how to handle conflict and recover more quickly.

2) You can find new ways to reconnect after a fight.

3)You can identify which problems are solvable and which need ongoing management.

4)You can repair damage, and begin to move forward together.

Who Benefits from this Type of Counseling?

You can benefit from this type of counseling if you are:

married, living together, thinking about getting married or if you are in a same-sex relationship. 

You can also benefit if you are feeling distant, less connected, or angry. The  longer you wait to get the help you need, the harder it is to repair a relationship.

Who Should Attend Sessions?

Couples can attend sessions together or individually. Couples counseling works best when both partners have a desire to improve the relationship. However, even if your partner or spouse is not interested in working on the relationship at this time, you can still benefit from attending sessions by yourself. Having a caring and knowledgeable person to talk to can often result in improvements at home.

Sometimes couples start out together, and also benefit from individual sessions. In fact, we often recommend some one-on-one sessions as part of the couples counseling.

How Long do the Sessions Last?

Sessions typically last either 50 or 75 minutes. Longer sessions are available for couples who need a more flexible schedule due to travel or other responsibilities. Sessions shorter than 50 minutes are not recommended.

How Many Sessions will it Take?

Answers to this question vary greatly. The majority of the couples we work with come a few times until they feel "unstuck" and then are able to continue moving forward on their own. This may take between 4 and 12 sessions. It doesn't always take a long time to change your relationship. A lot can be accomplished in a few sessions of couples counseling.

Some couples come for a longer period of time, depending on how useful they find the sessions, how much they can/want to invest in their relationship, and how much time or money they have available.

Often couples start by coming once a week for a few weeks (4-6) and then space out the sessions. More rarely, couples come in twice a week.

We do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. Our job is to help you find solutions so that you can move forward, and eventually move ourselves out of the job of helping you with your relationship.

Discernment counseling usually takes just 3-5 sessions. 

What About Payment and Insurance?

Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card. Full payment is due at the time of each session.

The fee varies according to the length of session and range from $140 to $250 per session, depending on the Associate.

A limited number of low cost sessions are available. Call to inquire.

Sometimes insurance covers these services. 

We will be happy to answer your questions about our fee structure. Simply call 312-416-6191.

We have a total commitment to your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information.

We only bill Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

We explain why we choose not to have any direct relationship with other insurance companies.

However, we can provide you with the documentation an insurance company typically needs to reimburse you directly under your out of network provider benefits. Keep in mind that all insurance plans are different and you are responsible for meeting the requirements for your plan.

How to Think About the Cost of our Services?

When you think about the cost of couples counseling, it is important to take into account that attending couples counseling is like making an investment in the future.

Paying attention to the relationship indicates that you are serious about nurturing it, preserving it or changing it.

A relationship needs maintenance in order to survive and thrive.  If you don't take care of a leaking roof, chances are the the roof will collapse at a later date. If you forget to maintain your car along the way, the repairs will be more expensive down the road. Your couple relationship is the same: It is worth investing to maintain it so it doesn't deteriorate.

Why Do Couples Put Off Counseling?

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Couples Therapy Exercises
You Can Do Now

Couples therapy exercises are suited for couples in any stage or relationship, including couples in the early years of commitment who are married, planning to marry, or living together; for couples having a child; and for couples forming step families. If you are not ready to meet in person with a couples counselor or if you are not in the Chicago area, consider doing these exercises or take this relationship quiz.

More Resources for You and Your Partner


In our efforts to bring value to your life, Couples Counseling Associates has developed a series of lessons that could have a major impact on effectively improving your relationship. We encourage you to dive into the series and discover how these resources can benefit you and your partner.

Remember, it's the positive habits we develop that guarantee us success in all areas of our lives. Discover the seven healthy habits that improve relationships or get in touch with us to learn more about Couples Counseling Associates.

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