Counseling for Individuals & Families Impacted by Serious Illness

Traditional Counseling

Health Care Navigation

Consultations

Case Management

This is how I’ll do it

Schedule a free phone consultation  to determine if this is a good fit.

Based on your needs, we’ll come up with a plan to get you more clarity and support.

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Together, we’ll move you towards resilience, healing and growth.

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Managing Illness

Dealing with an illness, new or old, creates a lot of change in your life and your body. These changes can lead to anxiety, depression, fear, anger, to name a few. Together we can come up with strategies and tools to better manage these symptoms.

Cancer Care

Whether it’s a new diagnosis, dealing with side effects, or trying to figure out, “what now” when treatment is over; I can help you process this trauma to your body and find your way to a new normal.

Healthcare Navigation

If dealing with the medical system feels like a foreign country and language, I’ve got you covered. I can help you figure out how to advocate for yourself and get the care you deserve.

Grief and Loss

Grief is defined as, “the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind”. So much of what we experience as anger and sadness is actually grief. And while it’s all completely normal, we don’t talk about it nearly enough and that can leave you feeling alone. By simply talking about your grief I can help you move through it so you don’t get stuck.

Types of Services Offered

I offer several types of services outside of traditional therapy. With increasing limitations and regulations by insurance, and varying needs related to healthcare , we can choose what services will work best for you.

Traditional Counseling

Typically weekly or bi-weekly, 50 min sessions

Available: in office, in home, telehealth (using HIPPA compliant software)

Most appropriate for:
  • Working through the emotional difficulties of managing illness
  • Caregiver stress
  • Adjusting to a new or changed diagnosis
  • Grief and loss 

Health Care Navigation

Typically one time or as needed

Available: in office, in home, by phone, by video conference, via email

Most appropriate for:
  • New or changed diagnosis
  • Struggling with multiple issues related to healthcare

Examples: Finding medical providers, insurance/benefit questions, locating local resources, advanced directives, healthcare power of attorney.

I complete a needs assessment to help determine and prioritize what you’re struggling with. Then I’ll provide an action plan which you can execute on your own or, use me to help you via case management services (see below).

Consultations

Typically one time or as needed

Available: in office, in home, by phone, by video conference

Most appropriate for:
  • A short term question or issue.

Examples, trouble communicating with your medical team, when/how to get a second opinion, what are the best ways to share ongoing updates with family/friends.

Case Management

Typically one time or as needed

Available: in office, in home, by phone, by video conference

Most appropriate for:
  • Carrying out specific tasks you would like to delegate

Examples: Making phone calls, communicating with medical providers of your behalf, assisting in the completion of paperwork, researching resources, guiding in the hiring of a caregiver

“Katie is a very experienced compassionate person who is wonderful to work with. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.”
KR

Downers Grove

“Katie is calm, comforting, and great to talk to. I’m so grateful to have her perspective and support. Highly recommended!!”
DB

Downers Grove

Managing a serious illness for yourself or a loved one is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. It leaves you feeling helpless. With an integrative and holistic approach to counseling, I can help strengthen your resilience so you feel stronger and less overwhelmed. 

With additional expertise in grief, cancer and caregiving, I can help you find healing and maybe even new meaning.