Susan Merl-Nachinson,MS, LCPC

Susan Merl-Nachinson,MS, LCPC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
Fees: 15 minute free phone consultation
Free Initial Consultation


10735 S. Cicero Ave.
Ste 203
Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
10217 Lincoln Hwy.
Frankfort, Illinois 60423

My Approach to Helping

I understand that making the first phone call for help can be quite overwhelming. I assure you that I will provide you with a comfortable, safe and encouraging response to help you get through this first hurdle.

I have had many years of experience working with men and women struggling through personal difficulties from grief,to social fears and dating issues, to teaching couples how to fight fairly. I am a practical, solution focused therapist and I utilize a wide variety of techniques that can help you achieve positive results quickly.

I have, also, had over 20 years of experience helping couples and individuals heal after infidelity. I assure you that all communication with me is private and that you will be treated with dignity and respect. I work with you to help heal the wounds created by this breach
and I provide the tools necessary to help you rebuild the trust and intimacy in your relationship again. Affair recovery is a lot of work and often quite painful but I believe every marriage has hope and is certainly worth the effort to try and rebuild, perhaps even to something better than it was. Research indicates that receiving counseling after an affair is the single best predictor of marital recovery.

More Info About My Practice

I do accept a number of insurance benefits and I will work from a sliding scale for those individuals without insurance. Please phone me or email me to discuss this information further.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have a long history of working with men and women who are sexual abuse survivors. I have, also, focused during my career on addiction recovery. My current passion is in relationship counseling, especially affair recovery and infidelity issues.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Parent Work
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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