Chicago Christian counseling

We are a Team of Specialized

Christian Counselors

Online Christian counseling for trauma, grief, couples, and more…

Learn coping skills to overcome anxiety and stress

Reduce depressive symptoms and sadness

Manage racing thoughts and experience peace of mind

Find renewed peace, purpose and joy for life

Life is too short to live in Survival Mode

Daily anxiety and stress can have you in a constant state of fight or flight. It stifles creativity, steals your peace, and keeps you from living out your God-given purpose.

 

Our Specialists Help with…

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Christian Counseling

Our counseling approach integrates proven therapeutic techniques with a Christian worldview, helping you develop a deeper understanding of God’s love and plan for your life.

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Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Our counselors specialize in evidence-based techniques to help you manage anxiety and develop effective coping strategies, providing a supportive environment for your healing journey.

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Negative Thoughts

Our counselors are skilled in cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you recognize and reframe unhelpful thought patterns, allowing you to cultivate a more positive mindset and greater peace of mind.

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Couples Counseling

Our experienced couples counselors provide a safe, judgment-free space to help you and your partner strengthen communication, resolve conflicts, and reignite the connection that brought you together.

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Grief Counseling

Our compassionate grief counselors provide a supportive space to process your emotions, honor your loved one’s memory, and find healing as you navigate this profound journey.

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Trauma Counseling

Our trauma-informed therapists create a supportive environment to help you process your experiences, develop coping strategies, and reclaim your sense of safety and well-being.

 

Getting Started is Simple

Choose a Therapist

Browse our counselor profiles or we can match you with a therapist who best fits your needs.

Schedule an Appointment

Book a free consultation or make an appointment by filling out the form online.

Experience Transformation

Together with your therapist you’ll develop goals to cultivate lasting change.

Our Therapists

Skilled, passionate, and called to the work of a counselor.
Each of our therapists comes with their specific areas of experience and expertise.

Vanessa Cruz, LCPC, CCTP Owner, Breakthrough Specialist

PTSD, Childhood Trauma Recovery. Attachment Trauma. Anxiety and Social Anxiety.

*Not accepting new clients*

Erin Staab, LPC, GPC Getting Unstuck Specialist

Adults, Young Adults, Teens, Children

OCD, Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief, and Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance and what are your rates?

Overview

Session Length: 50 – 60 mins
Session Rate: $85- $200
Session Format: Teletherapy (secure live video connection)

Q. Can I pay out of pocket?

Yes! Please call us at 773 241 7464 to determine your preferred therapist’s session rate.

Q. Do You Take Insurance?

Yes! We are in-network with BlueCross BlueShield PPO and Blue Choice.

Q. What if I have a different insurance plan?

If you have a different insurance plan but have a PPO health plan you may be able to submit out-of-network claims toward your deductible.

1. You would pay the clinician’s full fee upfront.
2. We would provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance plan.
3. The insurer then sends any eligible reimbursement directly to the client.

In any case, as a courtesy, we can verify your benefits. Just reach out!

The Zachariah Program

Overview

Session Length: 50 mins | Session Rate: $75 | Session Format: Teletherapy (secure live video connection)

If you find that you cannot afford our regular session rates and do not have insurance, in an effort to serve our community and be a blessing we can offer 8 sessions at a reduced rate of $75 session. These sessions can be used weekly for 2 months or bi-weekly for 4 months.

In order to qualify, an applicant must earn less than $30,000 a year.  To apply call, (773) 241-7464.

Is Online Counseling as effective as in-person Counseling?

Convenience

Firstly, you will experience the same level of care and professionalism as if you were being seen in person, but the greatest benefit you will find with video therapy is the ease and flexibility to be able to have a session wherever you are. This is especially helpful for those with transportation concerns, those with limited margin for time or travel often. And, due to online counseling’s ease of use, you might be more likely to stick with your therapy treatment plan.

Privacy

You can also expect HIPAA compliant privacy.  Not only is the information you share confidential but the platform through which we will meet, Simple Practice establishes a bank-level encryption and security transmitted between patients and providers.

Effectiveness

The effects of online psychotherapy outlasted the results of face-to-face counseling.
A University of Zurich study divided a group of 62 patients in half and found that depression was eased in 53 percent of those given online therapy, compared to 50 percent who had in-person counseling. Three months after completing the study, 57 percent of online patients showed no signs of depression compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.

— Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013

A Canadian study shows that online therapy delivers the same satisfaction at slightly less the cost.
Patients in Ontario, Canada were assigned to face-to-face or live video counseling and experienced statistically the same clinical outcome and level of patient satisfaction. The only difference was that the cost of providing the online service was 10% less per patient.

— American Psychiatric Association, 2007

Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy helped reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder with effects that lasted until well after the treatment had ended.
A pilot study compared the effectiveness of online cognitive behavioral therapy and in-person supportive therapy in 45 Defense service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the September 11th attack. After eight weeks those receiving online therapy showed greater improvement. Six months after their first meeting those who had received online therapy continued to show improvement, in direct contrast to the in-person group.

— American Journal of Psychiatry, November 2007

How do I prepare for my first session?

Here are some Teletherapy tips:

  • Make sure you have a good internet connection and close any unnecessary programs and applications on your computer. These take away from resources needed for your computer to run efficiently.
  • About 10 mins before your first appointment, you’ll be emailed a link to your video session. Click on it when your session is scheduled to start on your laptop/desktop or through the “Telehealth by SimplePractice” app (download free in the app store). Make sure to allow the use of your camera and audio on your computer or mobile device.
  • Choose a quiet and private location for your meeting.

our mission

Professional. Accessible. Transformative.

The Remedy offers online Christian counseling in Chicago. We provide professional mental health counseling from a psychological, biblical, and spiritual perspective. We set ourselves apart by integrating evidence-based clinical approaches with room for the Spirit of God to meet you.

TELEHEALTH

We Meet You, Where You Are.

The demand for therapy has significantly increased in the last few years. Thankfully, as technology has advanced, so has the face of therapy. Online counseling was once thought to be inferior to in-person therapy; not only have several studies dispelled that myth but today we embrace the much needed option. It became a sigh of relief for the stay-at -home mom who’s children went virtual for the school-year, the college student has one less CTA trip to make in between classes and the busy business professional could now fit in a session during lunch. Honestly, we’re fans.

our founder

About Vanessa

Welcome.  I’m a wife, mother, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

I’m committed to bringing you professional Christian counseling and mental health resources in an accessible and comprehensive way so that you can be free to live out your God-given purpose.

About Us

The Remedy Counseling practice in Chicago offers online Christian counseling from a clinical, yet biblical worldview.

Where We Serve

Currently, Chicagoland area and greater Illinois suburbs.

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