Teresa Cortas

(LCSW)
Therapist Teresa Cortas Photo

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

LCSW #149008229 (Expires: 2022-02-28)


Reviews

Written by M.E. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Teresa for 4 months on issues concerning self esteem, and adhd

I have deeply appreciated Teresa's help in recent months as I have navigated some family health issues and some upcoming potential big changes. She is kind, smart, and challenging. I feel that she really supports finding and pursuing what is best for me, in all its complexity.

Written by A.L. 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 by V.I. 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 by A.L. 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 by E.S. 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 by E.V. 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 by J.U. on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with Teresa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Although working with Teresa for only a short period of time, it has been a positive experience that I know will prove fruitful as she gets to know me better and the challenges I’m working through. I look forward to each session.

Written by L.Y. 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.