Women’s Counseling 2018-01-17T19:25:16+00:00

Women’s Counseling

Are You Going Through A Major Change And Feeling Uncertain About The Future?

Are you feeling unsure and overwhelmed in the midst of a major change? Perhaps you recently divorced, graduated, started school or a new job, moved, had a child, got married or are single again and looking for a partner. Do you feel unprepared or even helpless to deal with significant and perhaps sudden change? Maybe you’re going through what is generally considered a positive life change, such as a promotion at work or a new baby, and you feel guilty and confused about your unhappiness. Or perhaps you’re overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy, feel stuck and apathetic or fear taking a step in a new direction. Maybe you’re unsure about what the next step should be. Do you wish you felt confident in your ability to make empowering decisions and move forward into a happy, fulfilling life?

Going through a major life transition can be a lonely and confusing experience. The uncertainty that comes with a loss or a new role can cause overwhelming fear, anxiety and even depression. You may wake up every morning feeling stuck or scared, obsessing about how this change will influence your life. As you feel more alone and isolated in a rush of emotions, it may feel increasingly difficult to connect with others, balance responsibilities and find purpose in life. You might also be experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression that can be caused by the stress and uncertainty of transitions, which may be affecting your sleeping and eating habits as well as your ability to feel confident and move forward.

It’s Common To Feel Stressed During A Major Change

If you are struggling to adapt to a major change, you are not alone. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults (18 percent of the population) in the United States are struggling with anxiety. And, anxiety in women is 60 percent more common than in men. Anyone adapting to a new role or environment experiences discomfort and uncertainty. New moms always worry about providing the best care for their child and balancing family responsibilities with their own needs. Newlyweds tend to have lingering questions about combining finances and familial traditions. If you’ve recently graduated from college, you may be worried about meeting the expectations of others and yourself. And if you’ve recently gone through a divorce, you may be dealing with heavy feelings of grief, loss and uncertainty about the future. We all go through points in our lives where we need additional support and care. If you’re struggling to adapt to or accept a change in your life, you don’t have to go through the transition alone. A compassionate, experienced therapist who specializes in life transitions counseling for women can help you work through difficult feelings, find effective solutions to challenges and discover opportunities for profound growth and self-discovery.

Women’s Counseling Can Provide You With Skills, Support And A New Path Forward

Counseling for women can be incredibly effective in helping you process personal challenges as well as to become more confident and effective in a new role. In safe, compassionate life transition counseling sessions, we can help you evaluate what you are going through and acknowledge and honor your fears, uncertainties, emotions and losses as well as begin to recognize positive possibilities for the future.

If you’re a new mother and dealing with anxiety or inadequacy issues or postpartum depression, we can help you better work through difficult feelings and acquire skills that can help you feel more confident and equipped to face parenting’s inevitable challenges. We’ll provide compassionate support as we work collaboratively to explore your expectations of motherhood and develop strategies that enable you to balance family responsibilities with your own self-care needs, career and relationships.

If you recently graduated from school and are struggling to adapt to life out on your own, career counseling can help you clarify what you truly want and provide the support you need to take important initial steps toward happiness and success. Together we can talk through the expectations of your family and friends and explore the opportunities that you feel are right for you, not others. You can openly talk through your personal and professional goals, ambitions and expectations for yourself and take thoughtful, effective steps that are in accordance with your beliefs and desires.

If you’re recently married and would like to set yourself up for a happy and healthy marriage, relationship counseling can help you navigate finances, decision making, power dynamics, communication and more. We can also explore your family of origin to determine how your mother’s behavior impacted your perception of what it means to be a wife. By looking objectively at how your past influences your thoughts and feelings today, you can build awareness and make decisions that are in line with your personal core values and needs.

exerciseIf you were recently divorced, we can help you expel pent-up emotion and explore the positive opportunities that are presented by this separation. Adjusting to life on your own and re-entering the dating pool can be overwhelming, and we can provide you with relaxation and grounding techniques that promote short-term relief as well as empowering solutions that ultimately help you find lasting relief.

Regardless of what you are going through, we can help you identify what’s holding you back and provide the tools needed to let go of patterns that are no longer supporting or serving you. You can shift into more realistic and positive ways of thinking, connect with your inner core strengths and set yourself up for happiness and success. Throughout our careers, we’ve helped many women clarify concerns and successfully manage a variety of stressors. And, as women, we understand the unique and many challenges we often face. We also know that with help and support, you can become empowered to take control of your life and experience increased harmony and fulfillment. You can draw from your inherent strengths and create a fresh view of what is possible for you and your future.

You may still have questions or concerns about women’s counseling…

Do I really need counseling? Won’t this phase pass on its own?

Oftentimes, there is so much stress associated with a major change that the stress can and will linger or even worsen. When pent-up stress gets trapped in your system, it can cause a variety of issues, including insomnia, nightmares, headaches, stomach aches, depression, anxiety and more. Getting help sooner rather than later allows you to lessen and even avoid some of these discomforts as well as learn more about you and what you truly need to feel empowered, balanced and at ease.

The pain I’m experiencing is severe. I doubt that therapy can help me.

We encourage you to at least try therapy, especially if you’re beginning to lose hope that things can get better. In the safe space of women’s counseling, you can receive specialized guidance that allows you to finally process and expel difficult emotions. And, as you become more resilient and empowered, you can discover what’s at the root of this distress, why it continues to come up and how to effectively take care of yourself.

With everything going on, I’m worried I don’t have time for counseling.

We understand and respect your busy schedule, which is why we provide flexible options to all my clients. With that being said, allotting an hour a week to counseling can actually save you a tremendous amount of time. When you’re able to clarify what you’re going through and practice practical coping strategies, you can then spend less time worrying, ruminating and feeling down.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take The Next Step

If you’re interested in life transitions counseling for women and live in the Chicago area, we can help. We invite you to call 312-729-5089 for a free 15-minute consultation or contact us here to learn more about women’s counseling, our practice and how we can help you.

“Elizabeth Burke offers support, validation, and insight to her clients, while truly investing in their wellbeing and healing. Elizabeth has been an invaluable consultation source for my own practice. Chicago is fortunate to have such a capable and caring professional providing for our community.”

-Ashley J. Tullman, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist



155 N Michigan Ave, Suite 715
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-729-5089