Now offering online therapy for Chicago & Illinois residents
Online Therapy for Individuals & Couples
Work-life balance and prioritizing self-care are core values at Next Step Counseling. That's why we offer virtual therapy services specifically designed to provide easy and flexible support to individuals and couples in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Our secure online therapy platform offers a convenient, reliable, and confidential space where you can prioritize your self-care needs.
We are wholeheartedly dedicated to providing unwavering support every step of the way on your journey towards living your best life. Our EXPERTISE lies in guiding individuals through LIFE'S TOUGHEST TRANSITIONS.
As a boutique multi-specialty group practice, we take pride in our diverse team of counselors who specialize in relationship and life transitions. Each of our counselors possesses expertise in various areas, ensuring that we can meet your unique needs and provide the support you require on your personal path of growth and transformation.
We’re well-trained, warm, and thoughtful clinicians who thoroughly enjoy getting to know our clients. Our therapy is based on working with you in a collaborative, holistic, genuine and productive manner.” Ilene Kastel, CEO
Ilene Kastel, M.A., LCPCNext Step Founder
We make it easy
How it works
Your therapist and you will meet virtually at the same time, without distraction, and interact in real-time on a secure and confidential video platform. Clients have found virtual sessions to be incredibly easy, user friendly and a great alternative! Your clinician will send you a link and you’ll log-in at your session time.
Insurance coverage for Telehealth
Most Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Health Care insurance plans cover synchronous telehealth services and we can check your benefits for you. During Covid-19, please allow extra time for benefit checks. You can also check with your HR department or call your insurance to get mental health and telehealth benefit coverage information. We also accept self-pay clients for online therapy.
Acceptions for Online Therapy:
There are a few exceptions when virtual therapy or our practice may not be best fit. It’s important to us that you receive the best care possible! We will work with you to find referrals if you’re struggling with the following: