A happy and healthy marriage cannot rest on the fact that you have found Mr. or Mrs. Right. A healthy marriage requires lots of effort, commitment and dedication. Some people compare life to being on a highway (and in Tom Cochrane’s case he wants to ride it all night long) but in reality life and marriage can be more like a winding journey with many bends, hills and forks in the road. Navigating the journey of marriage can be made a lot easier with the help of an expert in the field. You name it and they’ve seen it, the best marriage counselors are taught and learn from years of experience how to help couples dealing with infidelity, communication issues, intimacy issues and any number of other problems. We’ve done the research and taken the time to select some of the best and brightest marriage counselors in the Chicago, Illinois area.
1) Couples Counseling Associates
At Couples Counseling Associates, they believe that you can grow old together. Founder Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum, together with her professional associates, offers you the possibility of reconnecting with your spouse, being able to communicate better and getting back on the right track of your marriage. They work with couples regardless of marital status, age or sexual orientation. Their mission is to provide tailor-made sessions with a direct, problem-solving style for couples who need to salvage their relationship.
All the counselors at this clinic have specific training and extensive experience to help couples in distress. They will teach you how to adopt the right outlook and commitment to marriage in order to identify the problems, decrease the conflict and find ways to reconnect. Whether you come in alone or with your spouse, Couples Counseling Associates will guide you to attain and maintain a satisfying marriage. Its office bills Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO only.
2) Symmetry Counseling
Symmetry Counselling can help you “restore equilibrium in your unbalanced world”. The licensed and certified therapists at Symmetry understand that your marriage is important to you and offer a direct, engaged, and active approach to help you repair and rebuild your relationship. Each session at Symmetry takes a pragmatic approach to creating a supportive, empathetic and hopeful environment to strategically address and resolve issues couples bring to their marriage counseling session.
Anne Brennan Malec is a Doctor of Psychology and managing partner at Symmetry. Together with the licensed therapists and counselors, these Chicago Marriage Counselors provide the right tools for couples seeking to experience a better married life. The clinic accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Aetna, Cigna, Magellan, and Value Options insurance plans.
3) Jessica Rothman and Associates, LLC
Jessica Rothman is a licensed marriage and family therapist that can address any relationship issue but specializes in financial conflicts, sexual intimacy problems, communication issues, infidelity/restoring trust, co-parenting issues, infertility and past trauma. This Chicago-based marriage counselling office does not only consider the relationship between two partners but also focuses on the way the couple interacts with others including family members, relatives, friends, colleagues and more.
This clinic which has 45-50 minute sessions scheduled for once-weekly appointments uses a systemic client-centered approach to help both the individuals as well as the relationship itself. Its priority is to uphold the best interests of the couple, whether it would mean rebuilding their lives together or going their separate ways for good. Jessica Rothman and Associates, LLC currently accepts BlueCross BlueShield PPO and Aetna PPO only.
5) GRASP Group
The mission of GRASP is to provide people with the right encouragement to pursue a healthy relationship with their significant other. Its couple’s therapy service is a weekly 50-minute session that deals with finding and implementing effective ways to communicate personal issues with the client’s partner. GRASP Group work with hetero and same sex couples.
This clinic was borne of the collaborative effort of Alison Kramme and Sara Sladoje. Alison obtained her post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. A gay couple in their mid-40s testified, “We are stronger than we have been in our 10 years together, and almost certainly would not be in this position if it weren’t for the work we have done with Alison.”
6) Alan M. Jaffe, Psy. D. and Associates
Now on its third decade providing a Multidisciplinary approach to diagnostic assessment, treatment and consultation, Alan M. Jaffe, Psy. D. and Associates offers a wide range of clinical services including marriage counselling. Its staff serves on the faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as well as three other Chicago-based Psychology Schools.
Here are some testimonials from former clients:
“The best Marriage Counselor in Chicago, IL! The best!” Rose
“Thank you so much. Learning so much about each other and how we relate and communicate, gives us the tools we need to heal.” Elaine O
“We just wanted to thank you for helping us grow back together. We have come a long way this past month with your help.” Bob M