Affordable Counseling

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At the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic, clients pay what they can afford.

Our sliding-fee scale gives clients of all income levels access to our high-quality care, with fees starting at as little as $5 (the range is $5-$75, with the average being $12). Because clients pay what they can afford, the Clinic can be a valuable resource for those who are unemployed or do not have adequate health insurance.

Psychotherapy at the Clinic is provided by graduate level therapists-in-training and psychiatric residents. These staff members receive intensive supervision by senior members of The Family Institute staff and faculty. Our staff treats a wide variety of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Family communication
  • Couples conflict
  • Intimacy issues
  • Behavior problems and the emotional adjustments of children and adolescents
  • Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues

Our multiple locations make clinical services available to residents of the entire Chicago metro area. We have offices in:


Why Seek Counseling?

If you feel uncomfortable about any important relationship in your life, whether it is with a partner, child, parent or sibling, seeking counseling may be your best chance to make effective changes.

If your child has trouble managing feelings, or are too often feels angry, sad or anxious, he or she may be suffering from a problem that counseling could significantly improve.

If you and your spouse knows what you should do to improve your relationship, but cannot get yourself to make the changes, counseling may help you get over the hurdle that is in your way.

The Family Institute offers quality, affordable mental health care for children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families who need it at our Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic.


How Does Treatment Work?

  • We match your issue to the most effective treatment approach
  • We track your progress on a regular basis
  • We use a team approach in which each therapist-in-training works closely with an experienced supervisor who guides the process
  • We provide a high level of coordination among multiple service providers when necessary

The Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic serves the needs of more than a thousand clients each year, and last year provided more than 14,000 hours of counseling.



Can a therapist-in-training really help me?

Yes, feedback from clients confirms high levels of satisfaction with the therapy they receive at our Clinic, and our largest source of referrals is from recommendations from former clients.

How does supervision help me?

Your therapist will meet weekly with a skilled supervisor who will review your goals and progress in therapy and make suggestions for how your therapy stays on track to meet your goals.

Is there anything special about the therapy I would receive?

Yes, your therapist will be a practicing state-of-the-art approach designed to address your goals systematically and with compassion.

How long will therapy last?

The length of therapy varies depending on your goals; however, your therapist will work to make your therapy as efficient as possible. Most clients are helped within 16 sessions.


Ready to see a therapist? Call 847-733-4300, ext. 263 and speak with a member of our Registration team.


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