Rima Mickus

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About Me

Welcome, I'm Rima Mickus, a fully licensed clinical counselor in Illinois and am limited to working with only Illinois residents at this time. I enjoy working with men and women who are struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, and insomnia. I have 15 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. Video or phone sessions are also very helpful and these can be scheduled weekly or every other week at your convenience. Sessions can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 60 minutes. 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 8am-4 pm for both live sessions and messaging. I check messages on weekends , but do not usually hold live sessions over the weekend. No evening hours are available at this time.

Let me know when you are ready to start your therapy. I am looking forward to working with you!

Warm regards,


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , 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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCPC #180.008021 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Written by J.E. on Sep 15, 2021 after counseling 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

You’re amazing

Written by V.E. on Sep 14, 2021 after counseling 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 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 by M.A. on Aug 26, 2021 after counseling with Rima for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Rima has been so supportive of me. I feel like she really listens and helps me process my thoughts and decisions.

Written by B.E. on Apr 14, 2021 after counseling with Rima for 10 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and grief

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 by K.A. on Dec 17, 2020 after counseling with Rima for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

Rima is a trusted confidante for me and I appreciate having her to reach out to whenever I’m dealing with problems.

Written by A.N. on Oct 10, 2020 after counseling with Rima for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've been seeing Rima for several months now, and she's been amazing. With her help I've worked through a lot of what was keeping me feeling stuck, and established much healthier coping mechanisms. We've started diving into deeper issues, and I appreciate that she creates a safe place where I can process things at a pace that is comfortable for me.

Written by C.L. on Apr 29, 2018 after counseling with Rima for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

Very professional. Easy to communicate with and the responses are clear and sensible.

Written by J.E. on Apr 28, 2018 after counseling with Rima for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Rima is always very responsive and seems genuinely concerned with my well-being. I have already recommended better help to so many people!

Written by E.L. on Apr 23, 2018 after counseling with Rima for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Rima has done a wonderful job understanding me and supporting me, while helping me to gain clarity. She replies promptly and has been a great ear to lean on.