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At the Family Institute at Northwestern University, we understand the challenging demands that many in early adulthood face. This pivotal time in life is met by changes in relationship dynamics and responsibilities.  

During this stage of life from ages 18-29, emerging adults and their families commonly experience many shifting roles and life adjustments. As many millennials are aging out of this phase of life and incoming generation Z individuals age in, our team of clinicians are here to provide up to date therapeutic interventions that are mindful of generational challenges.  

Emerging Adult Therapy Services

Emerging adults come to therapy for many reasons. Here are some of the most common:

  • Substance use 
  • Neurodivergent learning  
  • Relationships 
  • Gender & sexual identity 
  • Adjustment to higher education 
  • Navigating work and work/life balance  
  • Shifting family dynamics

If you are an emerging adult and are looking for more specialized care, please reach out to us. When contacting our care coordination team, please inform them of your specialized care request. You may also email Michael Goldstone, Associate Director of Emerging Adults, at mgoldstone@family-institute.org.

Meet the Leaders in Emerging Adult Care

How to Get Started With The Family Institute

To get started, you can book an appointment online, call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 or start a chat in this window by clicking the chat bubble in the lower right corner of this webpage.

At this time, online scheduling is only available for new clients scheduling with therapists in our staff practice for standard behavioral health therapy services.

If you are interested in psychiatry services, neuropsychological assessments or therapy services in the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic, please call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 to get started. In addition, if your therapy is court-ordered, please contact our Client Care Team.

Appointment and provider availability is based on your reason for visit, age and insurance. After you’ve booked your appointment online, please expect a phone call from a member of our Client Care Team to review your client account and complete any missing information prior to your initial session with your therapist. Please note, your appointment time is reserved for your first session; you and your clinician will confirm mutual availability to schedule future appointments.

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Check your Insurance

We recommend that you check with your insurance provider about your coverage for behavioral health services. Some of our therapists are “in-network” with BCBS PPO. If you do not have BCBS PPO or want to see a therapist who is not paneled with BCBS, you may use your “out-of-network” benefits.

No Cost Therapy Available

If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for services through the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic. Call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 to be matched with a therapist-in-training.

Teletherapy Availability

In order to book a teletherapy appointment, you need to reside in Illinois or be present in the state of Illinois for your sessions.

Learn more about billing, insurance, costs & payment options

Register in the portal

After your appointment is scheduled, you will receive an invitation to register for our Patient Portal. Once registered, you can review and sign the service agreement and fill out the intake form we ask all new clients to complete before their first session. You can also set your messaging preferences for appointment reminder notifications.

Patient Portal

Complete intake measures

If you are seeing a therapist in the staff practice, you will receive a text from our technology partner, Blueprint, 24 hours before your session with a link to complete intake measures. The link is secure, unique to you, and your answers are private. The questions ask about things that are relevant to your mental health — there are no right or wrong answers — and are designed to help your therapist, help you better.

Over the course of your treatment, you will periodically receive check-in measures to see how therapy is going, this is called measurement-informed care, or measurement-based care, the practice of client data informing clinical care, and decades of research indicate it improves treatment.

Your first session

If you are seeing your therapist in person, please arrive 15 minutes early to check in with a receptionist.

Learn more about our locations

If you have a teletherapy appointment, your therapist will send you a secure link before the session. If you don’t already have Zoom downloaded, you can visit zoom.us/support/download to install it on your computer or find it in your mobile or tablet app store.

A quick guide to accessing your teletherapy appointment
Learn more about the security of your teletherapy session
More information about HIPAA & Zoom

Depending on therapy services, your first session(s) — up to three — may include an initial diagnostic assessment, which is charged at 125% of your therapist’s regular fee.

Learn more about billing, insurance, costs & payment options

To get started, you can book an appointment online, call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 or start a chat in this window by clicking the chat bubble in the lower right corner of this webpage.

At this time, online scheduling is only available for new clients scheduling with therapists in our staff practice for standard behavioral health therapy services.

If you are interested in psychiatry services, neuropsychological assessments or therapy services in the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic, please call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 to get started. In addition, if your therapy is court-ordered, please contact our Client Care Team.

Appointment and provider availability is based on your reason for visit, age and insurance. After you’ve booked your appointment online, please expect a phone call from a member of our Client Care Team to review your client account and complete any missing information prior to your initial session with your therapist. Please note, your appointment time is reserved for your first session; you and your clinician will confirm mutual availability to schedule future appointments.

Book Now

Check your Insurance

We recommend that you check with your insurance provider about your coverage for behavioral health services. Some of our therapists are “in-network” with BCBS PPO. If you do not have BCBS PPO or want to see a therapist who is not paneled with BCBS, you may use your “out-of-network” benefits.

No Cost Therapy Available

If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for services through the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic. Call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 to be matched with a therapist-in-training.

Teletherapy Availability

In order to book a teletherapy appointment, you need to reside in Illinois or be present in the state of Illinois for your sessions.

Learn more about billing, insurance, costs & payment options