Junior High, High School & College can be a really challenging time for kids.

You are searching for answers. Your child is starting to change. You’re worried. It’s so hard to watch them struggle. You’ve done all you can and you’re ready to add more people to your child’s support system.

You just want to make sure they have a safe person to talk to and help give them tools to make good choices for their life today, and for their future.

We get it. That’s why we’re here!

The benefits your adolescent will see from doing therapy at Inspire:

  • Your teen will learn about their feelings
  • Your teen will have strategies for dealing with unpleasant feelings
  • Your teen will understand what “triggers” some of their feelings and have different tools for those situations
  • Your teen will learn how to calm themselves in arguments
  • Your teen will learn how to advocate for themselves, with confidence and kindness
  • Your teen will learn healthy and positive relationships with friends, siblings, parents
  • Your teen will start to feel control of their impulses and behavior
  • Your teen will be able to be more present and focused
  • Your teen will learn healthy ways to communicate their feelings
  • Your child will start to feel more confident
  • Your child will feel happier
  • Your child’s relationships with you & your family will improve

Our therapists work closely with parents, families, Social Workers, psychiatrists, or whoever is in each child’s life to ensure therapy is most effective.

Inspire also offers support for everyone in the family (parenting, families, couples, etc.) to provide the best outcome for each child and their family system.

We love seeing our clients gain confidence, manage the obstacles they’re facing and begin to live their best life — even during the challenges of adolescents.

What does the adolescent counseling process look like?

The counseling process is designed to help empower you as a parent and support your teen to live their best life. Together, with your support at home and the therapist’s support in sessions, your child will learn tools to help them thrive at home, with friends, and in school.

The first session will be approximately 60 minutes. Ideally, one or both parents/caregivers attend the first session with your child. Prior to this appointment, you will have the opportunity to talk with the therapist to voice your concerns and address what you’d like to see improved with your child.

In the first session, the therapist will introduce themselves, explain the counseling process and then ask you, the parent, a couple of questions. First, why is your child amazing? Second, what do you hope to see for your child as a result of counseling? These questions are designed to create a positive experience for your child. If you have negative feelings or concerns, you will have the opportunity to discuss those on the phone with the therapist prior to the session. We find counseling is more effective if kids feel good about themselves and focus on the positive results of the therapy process. This lasts about 10-15 minutes.

Then the parent is asked to have a seat in the waiting room, while the therapist continues with the child. If the child or parent is not comfortable with that, the parent is welcome to stay the entire session.

The therapist will go through new client questions with your child to get to know them, their history, and their present situation. The second session is our unique formula for goal-setting. In this session, your child will connect the desires of your goals with their heart and deeper desires in life.

The remainder of the sessions will then be primarily just your child and their therapist. They will work on skills and tools to address challenges and live their best life.

As the parent/caregiver, you can talk with your child’s therapist to learn ways you can be supporting your child at home. You will also have the opportunity to attend sessions with your child or attend sessions individually with the therapist to focus on parenting support.

In order to see lasting results, a commitment of at least 8 weekly sessions is best. We are flexible and can work with different situations. However, to make an impact, it is important to recognize that change of any kind, requires attention and time. After your child’s 8 sessions, you can work with your therapist to determine the next steps (reducing therapy to biweekly/monthly or terminating).

How much does therapy cost?

Counseling is a fee-for-service program. Inspire accepts insurance and offers in-network and out-of-network benefits. We are in-network with BCBS PPO, Humana, Aetna, and United Behavior Healthcare. We recommend at least an 8-week commitment to begin seeing lasting results.

All billing policies and information can be found by clicking this link to our Rates & Insurances page.

Why Inspire Counseling Center is the right place for your adolescent’s therapy

At Inspire, we don’t just focus on clinical symptoms–we focus on results. If there is something holding your teen back (anxiety, depression, ADHD, relationship troubles, etc.), we have clinical tools to help. BUT, we don’t stop there. We want to INSPIRE your child to live their best life. Our goal is that every client leaves a better person.

Why? We believe your child is a gift to this world. We believe that inspiring one person to live their greatest life, will inspire another person. We believe the world will change with love, connection, and inspiration. One person at a time. Your role in this process is vital. When you get support for yourself or your family, you are doing your part in this community and world to spark change.

Our adolescent therapists know the North Shore, know trends, Instagram, Snapchat, the school systems, but are also able to provide a safe and supportive environment with tools for them to work through life’s challenges–today and for their future adult life.

Your teen will learn tools to use for the rest of their lives. The lessons they learn today will carry into future relationships, workplaces, and in their adult life.

We will work closely with you, caregivers, family members, Social Workers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, etc. to ensure a unified and effective plan for your child.

Counseling is an investment in your child’s future. Give them tools they can carry through school and into their adult life.

Take the Next Step. Support Your Teen in Living Their Best Life.

To schedule an appointment call (847) 919-9096 ext. 1 or email [email protected].

How do I choose my Therapist?2024-01-24T17:27:07-06:00

You are welcome to search therapists by speciality type, location, service or insurance accepted by clicking here. 

We’re here to hold your hand! Choosing a therapist is a very personal experience. Scrolling through bios is helpful, but there’s a lot you can’t tell just by reading on the internet. Our Therapist Matchmakers are here to find the right fit with the right professional for your unique situation and personality style.

To talk to a LIVE human (and part of our Inspire intake team!) just call us at (847) 919-9096 ext. 1 or email [email protected]

We can’t wait to help you find the right match and get you started!! It’s our favorite part.

What will the first session be like?2023-10-25T02:13:43-05:00

The first session lasts approximately 60 minutes. You’ll have paperwork to complete virtually before your session. The therapist will spend time introducing themselves and getting to know you, your story and your dreams. At the end, you’ll have the option to schedule your next session based upon your availability and goals. There is no pressure to book another session. We’re here for you to come and go as you need.
FOR MINORS UNDER 18: If the session is for a child 12 years or younger, the first session is just with the therapist and parent (s) or guardian. If the client is 12-18, we ask that a parent (or guardian) attend the first session for the first 10-15 minutes. The parent will be able to meet the therapist and help make the child feel comfortable.
PLEASE NOTE: Please share any concerns about your child with the therapist or Intake Team prior to the session— not in front of your child in the session. This is to protect your child and foster a positive start to therapy!

What will all the other sessions be like?2023-10-25T02:14:39-05:00

The second session is our unique formula for goal setting. In this session, your therapist will help you connect and understand what your heart really wants in this life. The remainder of the sessions will then be working on skills to tackle any obstacles in the way of you living your best life. In order to see lasting results, a commitment to at least 8 weekly sessions is recommended. However, we are flexible and can work with you to accommodate your schedule and goals.

FOR MINORS UNDER 18: Parents will not be required to attend the sessions but must be available for the last 10 minutes of the session in case the therapist would like to touch base with you or for any scheduling changes.

How much does therapy cost?2023-10-25T02:16:18-05:00

Counseling is a fee-for-service program. Inspire accepts insurance and offers in-network and out-of-network benefits. We are in-network with BCBS PPO, Humana, Aetna, and UnitedBehaviorHealthcare. All billing policies and information can be found by clicking this link to our Rates & Insurances page.





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RIBBON CUTTING & GRAND OPENING: Inspire Counseling Evanston 

You're invited!!! Wednesday, June 26 at 9am at 911 Church Street, Evanston. 

The ceremony is graciously organized by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce 
and will be led by Mayor Biss to celebrate Evanston's newest mental health facility. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the beautiful new build out, as the practice is open by appointment only. 

Located in the old Urban Outfitters building, right by the AMC Theater, Egg Harbor and Sky Zone. The space is a brand new build out, boasting 12 beautiful offices, in the heart of downtown Evanston.

Inspire Counseling Center has three other locations in Northbrook, Kenilworth and Lake Forest. The Evanston office is the newest office and is already proudly serving the community.

All are welcome to help with the Grand Opening and supporting mental health.
While it's only June, we're hearing from many students (and parents!) that the transition to college this fall is already on their minds. It's a big transition for everyone in the family. 

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the unknowns, such as making new friends, handling academic pressures, and living independently for the first time. 

This summer is a great time to set up your college student for success. 

One effective way to ease this transition is by preparing as much as possible before the move.

Experienced therapist, Megan O'Brien, wrote some quick tips for how to help prep for the transition to college. As a former college counselor, she knows support provides a huge benefit to make the most of college years. The transitions in college lead students to feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and isolated. 

She's helped students cope with emotions to meet academic pressures, work, and family demands. She's also assisted students in their future career success with personal, professional, academic, and financial guidance. Together, she sets goals and celebrated progress with regular check-ins to stay on track.

Link in bio or
Inspire company summer meeting & party!! 

We had friends from all 4 offices (Lake Forest, Northbrook, Kenilworth & Evanston) come together!!

Therapist spend most of their career alone, behind closed doors with clients. While that’s the thing we love to do most, it’s good for the soul to get out of the office, hang out and just have some FUN together as a team!!! 

These therapists are absolutely amazing and we are always looking for ways to show them how appreciated they are here!!!

Very early on in the business, I decided that the very best thing I could do is to take good care of my employees, so they can take good care of their clients. While I’m not perfect, I honestly love my team and work hard every day to make Inspire a great place to work!! 

Plus, Therapists are some of the most fun and interesting people to hang out with!! Open-minded, non-judgmental, warm, kind and considerate humans are my favorite ❤️ 

To my Inspire team - I love you!!!!! Thank you for choosing us to share your beautiful gifts & talents with our communities. 

I will work harder every day for you so you can continue serving our beautiful communities. 

College kids transition to home for summer is a big one!! 

Going from the bustling life of college back to the rhythms of home for the summer can be both refreshing and challenging for many students (and parents!). Freedom, routines and social connections are changed overnight.

Daily routines change from dynamic schedules filled with classes, social activities, and perhaps part-time jobs to home life, which might feel slower-paced and more predictable.

Social dynamics change from college friends and dating to reconnecting with High School friends who might have had different experiences. 

We have TONS of support for parents and college students in this transition. Including a former college counselor, Megan O'Brien. 

Check out these tips from Megan to help everyone survive & thrive in this summer transition. 

Link in bio for the blog post! Also on our website
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