Elaine Smith

NCC, LCPC, CCTP

Elaine Smith

NCC, LCPC, CCTP

Professions: Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCPC
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Optum/United Health Care
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

935 175th St, Suite 300
Homewood, Illinois 60430
5115 S. Haprer St.
Chicago, Illinois 60615

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My Approach to Helping

The best way to describe myself as a therapist, and as a person is unconventional. My approach to therapy begins with positivity, mindfulness, humor, being an active listener, and helping each person develop goals specific for them. I also incorporate an integrated approach by treating the mind, body, and soul. My clinical skills are rooted in CBT, Gestalt, Psycho-dynamic and motivational interviewing. I foster a safe, respectful, and caring environment for anyone interested in therapy. I am motivated in providing a space to explore the strength and resilience within themselves.

Being a therapist has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. I have the chance to help anyone interested in taking steps to be a better person. My passion comes from seeing a person take control of his or her life. This can be a difficult journey if taken alone. Especially, when you come to realize you are ready for a change.

We all have trials and tribulations throughout our lives. I have worked with many men, women, children, adolescents, couples, and parents who are suffering from traumatic life experience, addiction, parenting, family conflicts, and a variety of other issues. My focus as a therapist is to assist my client in developing a positive change within themselves and being satisfied. I utilize techniques that help clients understand themselves, their feelings, and developing ways to improves their lives. A supportive and practical approach is used to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Compassion and understanding are used to help clients build on strengths and attain personal growth

I have two Masters Degree (Psychology and Community Counseling) with 13 years of clinical experiences.

More Info About My Practice

At CJL Counseling Services, LLC:
We Offer

· Each client will have a place to voice her thoughts in a safe environment

· A compassionate and confidential atmosphere to discuss personal concerns

· A professional and therapeutic environment to assist an individual with adjustment or those who are experiencing
psychological and emotional anguish

· Provide our skills and expertise to the community through consultation, prevention services, and outreach
We Honor

· Individuals, and Families of all identities, including age, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation,
language, mental and physical ability, national origin, religion, spirituality, size, socioeconomic status, political perspective
and world view.

· The unique strengths and challenges of individuals, and families, while working to enhance life skills, coping strategies, and
interpersonal relationships.
We Value

· Our passion and commitment to the community

· Our talent to model and demonstrate self-care and balance

· Being flexible and creative in our efforts to provide services

· Competence in our professional abilities

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Legal Documentation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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