Welcome, I'm Rima Mickus, a fully licensed clinical counselor in Illinois and Arizona and am limited to working with only Illinois and Arizona residents at this time. I enjoy working with men and women who are struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, and insomnia. I have 17 years of experience as a counselor, and have been in private practice since 2013. I have post graduate training in couples counseling, relationship coaching, domestic violence, and non-drug treatment for insomnia (using CBT-I). I have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University in Illinois.
I work with adults in my private practice and enjoy helping them navigate through difficult circumstances. Relationship issues are usually a top stressor for many adults, whether it is family, dating, marriage, or work relationship issues. A bulk of my practice is helping adults with their relationships. We explore communication styles, personality differences, childhood influences, and other factors that impact the quality of our relationships. I help clients learn what a healthy relationship looks like and what constitutes abusive and disrespectful behavior. I can provide links to online assessments that can help identify strengths and areas of growth for both singles and couples.
Another area that I enjoy helping clients with is health , fitness, and weight management. I have a certification in Wellness coaching and have helped many clients improve their mood and health using some simple interventions.
Finally, an area that I find most important, but often neglected is sleep quality. Sleep is very under- rated but can make an enormous difference in a person's mood and cognitive function. I am trained directly by Dr Gregg Jacobs of the Harvard Medical School in providing CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia). This is a 5-6 week structured program that requires the participant to keep a detailed weekly sleep log. It has been very helpful in helping men and women get more hours of quality sleep at night. There is also a way to wean off of sleep medications, but this will require medical supervision with a doctor. If weaning from medications is involved, the program typically takes longer, depending on how long the medication has been used.
Please note that therapy is a very active process and frequent communication is important for maximum benefit. I will be contacting you through messaging more than once a week, as required by this service. I check messages at least 2 times per day. Your active participation is key to the success of your therapy. The more you participate, the more benefit you will get out of this service.
My general hours of service are M-F 9 am-8pm. I check messages on weekends.
Let me know when you are ready to start your therapy. I am looking forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCPC 180.008021
AZ LPC LPC-21513
I've only seen Rima for 3 weeks so I don't have much feedback about how much she has helped but I think she is great. Very easy to talk to, she gives me homework to help identify problem areas, and she is very flexible.
Written on Oct 23, 2021 after therapy with Rima for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, and sleeping disorders
Rima has been an awesome person to talk to! She really takes the time to fully understand how you’re feeling and provide good feedback. She always sends tons of resources to look at in between sessions and checks in on me throughout the week. I would definitely recommend her as she’s very sweet and professional!
Written on Oct 16, 2021 after therapy with Rima for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes
Written on Sep 15, 2021 after therapy with Rima for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Rima is very helpful with relationship issues, and expressing candid concern when needed. She has helped me navigate my emotions in the world of online dating and has helped me realize what is and is not important to me, and what does and doesn't work for me- as I try to become the best version of myself.
Written on Sep 14, 2021 after therapy with Rima for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Rima has been so supportive of me. I feel like she really listens and helps me process my thoughts and decisions.
Written on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with Rima for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts
She is the best! We have been taking for almost a year now and my mental health has gotten better and I have learned so much about myself during this journey with Rima.
Written on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Rima for 10 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and grief