COVID-19 & BLM Response

Updated 11/12/2020

COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives. Plus George Floyd’s death highlighted that spaces for grieving and work needs to be done around racism and the BLM movement. Our staff is committed to diversity and health. We are here to support growth and change! Effective November 16th, 2020, our office will align with Chicago’s Stay At Home order by moving all non-necessary appointments back to virtual Telehealth sessions. If you are someone’s who needs an in-office approach for medical necessity reasons, we will work to create a plan around proceeding safely. New clients welcome! We all need to be doing what we can for our mental, emotional and relational health. Many insurance plans approved Telehealth through December 2020. We accept BCBS PPO insurance as an in-network option. We also offer sliding scale sessions through our clinical residents for those without resources.

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About Optimum Joy

Welcome to Optimum Joy. When you need help the most, we are committed to supporting you through providing professional counseling services. We offer sessions for individuals, couples and families. It is a dedication of ours to help people from diverse backgrounds pursue self-awareness, personal development, and healthy, fulfilling relationships. Sometimes people feel stuck or don’t know how to move towards their dreams. Optimum Joy helps increase understanding of your personal challenges- so you can know and pursue your options for change! 

Each therapist on staff has specific specializations and experience in areas including: anxiety & depression, women’s and men’s unique issues, grief, abuse & trauma recovery, eating disorders, marriage and family therapy, substance misuse, and childhood trauma. When you call, our intake personnel listens and matches you with the therapist on staff most capable of meeting your unique needs.

Optimum Joy also offer counseling services combining quality care with faith sensitivity. Each therapist has experience and training in integrating Christian worldview into your care at the level you need. While we are committed to making Christian integration services available, we partner with clients from any background and walk of life. Bottom line: we know you are invested in your healing process, and we are glad to partner with you in a professional and culturally sensitive way.

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“When I came to Optimum Joy, my life was so stressful! With their help I feel lighter and happier for the first time in a long time.”

“Mindfulness! Mindfulness! Mindfulness! I didn’t realize how tuned-out of my emotions I was. Alex helped me get back into listening to myself and practicing mindfulness. I literally use it all the time to ground me when I am feel anxious.”

“My husband and I have tried to work through our trust stuff seemingly our entire marriage. After lots of hard work and difficult conversations at Optimum Joy, we are feeling so connected!”

“If you’re thinking about counseling…do it! Best personal investment I have ever made.”

“From the first phone call I knew I would be well taken care of. It took a lot for me to reach out. I have difficulty connecting, but I felt so welcomed and understood.”

“I think back on my life before- anxious, perfectionistic, judgemental- and I can’t believe it comes from the same person. I’ve come a long way. It feels good to be comfortable in my own skin and accepting of others around me.”

Optimum Joy’s Wellness Blog

Enjoy health-ful articles written by our own Optimum Joy therapists! 
First Class Anger

First Class Anger

His name is Erik. He is approximately twelve or thirteen years of age and he possesses a special gift. At one point in time, he is separated from his mother and she is locked behind gates. Erik uses his gift of manipulating metal to open the gate until he is subdued...

Avoiding Burnout

Avoiding Burnout

I don’t know if it’s COVID, the current political climate, my own workload at the moment (my guess is, it’s a combination of all of those things), but I feel like I’m seeing burnout left and right. Whether you are a therapist, a lawyer, a parent, a medic, a student,...

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