COVID-19 & BLM Response

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! Starting June 18th we are resuming in-person sessions, as well as maintaining virtual Telehealth to suit individual needs. New clients welcome!  Many insurance plans approved Telehealth through June 2020 in Illinois, and most likely through the entire calendar year. We accept BCBS PPO insurance. 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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You are unique, so your wellness plan should be too! Your therapist will match your efforts. 


We’re honored to join your journey towards health.
“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! 

[VIDEO] Validation Skill Building for Couples

Does nodding along communicate that you agree with everything someone says? Couples that have a difficult time communicating and understanding each other often avoid affirmative listening cause they don't want to give their partner the wrong idea - that they're going...

I am Who I Think You Think I am

I am Who I Think You Think I am

I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, discussing it with clients, coworkers, and friends. I can’t get a clear answer on who initially said it, and I can’t even remember the first time I heard it. But in recent weeks, it has been on my mind.I think it gives...

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