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!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Emptiness , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Life Purpose , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 10

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCSW 149008229


Reviews

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.

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 Jun 20, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 9 months on issues concerning self esteem, 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 May 18, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

She’s amazing!!

Written on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and anger management

She is great!!!! And really listens!!!!

Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Teresa was a wonderful, supportive, helpful resource for me when I was struggling with having to make decisions regarding my elderly mother. I don’t know what I would have done without her help. Since then she has been there for me with her sound advice and thoughtful encouragement through my everyday ups and downs. She’s a gem.

Written on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and grief

I've been seeing Teresa for a few months now, the first time I've seen a therapist since I was in college (which was many years ago!). She's helped me so much. A fantastic listener, able to distill her observations, and offer actionable tools to manage through what faces me. Therapy isn't easy, but I always feel good (or like I discovered something new about myself) after each session.

Written on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, lgbt, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

I don’t know what else to say other than Teresa is great. She’s professional, kind, gives very good advice, and listens deeply.

Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Teresa is a very compassionate and kind person. I felt comfortable immediately talking to her. She is very wise!

Written on Sep 25, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Teresa is able to talk with me very naturally and intentionally while being effective in communicating anything with me and guiding my thoughts. Teresa is motivational, confident and is a therapist I can feel confident and secure in going to to propel me to the mental space I want to go/be in.

Written on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Insightful, good listener.

Written on Aug 16, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

My first session went great. Really excited to continue.

Work with me!