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Teresa Cortas, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety LGBT Parenting issues Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I have dedicated my career to assisting people reach their goals and lead a happier, healthier life. As a licensed clinical social worker in Illinois for the last 25 years, I've enjoyed working with diverse individuals with a wide spectrum of needs and concerns. Much of these concerns include issues with depression, anxiety, and LGBTQ+ challenges. I also help many people who have experienced trauma.

As a therapist, I recognize that many factors contribute to the level of care a person may need, therefore, I don't use a cookie cutter approach. I try to adapt my style to the individual. Sometimes a person is stuck in a certain stage of life or career or needs validation on the approach they are choosing. I work with that person on breaking open the barriers and providing support for their next step. My counseling style is person-centered. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach includes motivational interviewing and is trauma informed, in addition to cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Addressing personal issues, transitions, and change can be stressful but you don't have to address them alone. I can assist you in moving confidently towards your goals so that you can experience a happier and more fulfilling life.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

25yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

IL LCSW 149008229


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Teresa Cortas. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Teresa is wonderful! Honestly, she’s probably my 6th therapist but she’s the best!!! She truly listens and makes you think and asks questions no one has ever thought to ask me

Written on Mar 01, 2023 after therapy with Teresa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Teresa has been valuable from day one and the longer I work with her the better the therapy gets.

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Teresa is very easy to talk to. She's very supportive and insightful. She's very good at helping me and guiding me to see clearer when my mind and emotions are a mess.

Written on Oct 28, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Teresa has helped me overcome self esteem, confidence and trauma issues in the past year. With her help I have been able to analyze and reframe old patterns of thinking (and behavior) that were detrimental to my growth and improvement as the person I know myself to be. This time with her has proven to be extremely beneficial while traveling through tangible difficulties in my life such as toxic friendships, assault, cultural traumas and feeling unworthy of greatness. I am extremely grateful to her for her patience, understanding, and sternness when delivering necessary truths. You will not regret opening up to her <3

Written on Oct 25, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Teresa is excellent at her job. She is truly knowledgeable on all the issues and concepts I came to BetterHelp for assistance with, and she always maintains a perfect balance between compassion and professionalism in all of our sessions. I’m deeply grateful to BetterHelp for referring my case to her.

Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Teresa has helped and supported me during a challenging year. Meeting with her weekly has made a huge difference in the quality of my life and relationships during this time, and her approach has cultivated healthy changes in my way of looking at and doing things. I look forward to talking with her, and am thankful to have found her through BetterHelp!

Written on Jun 20, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 9 months on issues concerning self esteem, and adhd