My Approach to Counseling
WHEN LIFE CHANGES OR NEEDS TO CHANGE, you want to figure out what this means for you on a personal level and for others in your life. This is true whether you merely feel stuck, you are maybe overwhelmed by various problems, or you feel your life is in crisis. I work very effectively with adults of all ages to overcome tough problems - especially life transitions and all types of relationship issues, including personal, partner, professional, or parent/teen - and help enable you to move through your deeply felt emotions of disappointment, upset, loss, or frustration.
I can also effectively help you get through periods of depression, sadness, or stress - as well as unhelpful, or sometimes, seemingly paralyzing anxiety. Your progress will help you experience improved personal functioning and well-being.
Based on goals conveyed as important by you, the client, I prioritize your near-term relief from the most serious symptoms and help you gain insight regarding your emotions, physical symptoms, and behaviors. I encourage exploration of alternative thoughts and brainstorm new options available to improve overall quality of life; and we work together to help activate new skills that build on personal strengths by generalizing those current strengths and skills to new areas.
We will focus primarily on present-day related issues and problems, yet consider how past experiences might influence your perceptions, expectations, and/or behavioral patterns that are no longer helpful - and try out fresh coping strategies.
My primary counseling mode via BetterHelp is through phone sessions because I strongly believe talking voice-voice allows us to collaborate more quickly regarding what will likely help you based on interactive feedback about the issues and the strategies we explore. I use messaging primarily for sharing information and maintaining contact (background information, or about what is happening currently - to provide information to support the next session). If you prefer counseling via messaging (written therapy), a BetterHelp therapist focusing on that method is another option for you.
Therapy will be provided in most circumstances within our voice-to-voice sessions. [Some therapists at BetterHelp do focus on messaging as a primary counseling tool and choosing one of them is always an option (or perhaps you need a therapist offering evening session times as my available times are during the day). For me to focus on therapy via messaging would require reducing the available voice-to-voice session times (which I believe helps you meet your needs more quickly)].
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FEEL BETTER, I am here ready to work with you. Therapy is provided within a safe, kind, supportive and non-judgmental environment wherein you always have the option to make choices. My personal goal is to create an experience where you can find healing and encouragement. I am committed to helping you feel better, realize your best self, and achieve goals meaningful to you.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.006313
Diane is wonderful! She has helped me immensely and I enjoy our chats every week!
Written on Nov 14, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
Diane has been a great help to me in just two sessions. I feel that she understands where I am coming from and where I want to go. She provides great guidance how to better handle situations and gives me confidence to follow through. I am very happy I was matched with Diane.
Written on Jul 16, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
Diane has been phenomenal in helping me with my therapy goals. I brought her into my situation after years of dealing with issues and she has been helping me have some breakthroughs. I appreciate her approach, professionalism and extensive knowledge. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new therapist.
Written on Feb 27, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief
Diane is very excellent at what she does. What separates her from other therapists is her teaching skills—where others might just listen, she gives helpful techniques and insight on how to work through whatever situation you are going through. Very lucky to work with her!
Written on Feb 22, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Diane is great - understands what I am saying and going through and offers great insights and ideas and helps me set and reach my goals. So glad to have her in my life! Feel really lucky to have her!!!
Written on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Diane for 4 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coaching