Our Services

Promoting decolonized psychotherapy through evidence based mental health care

Patient Services

Individual Psychotherapy

With your therapist, you’ll collaborate in creating your mental health healing journey. Often we’ve learned to operate from a place of survival, which can result in feeling disconnected, overwhelmed, and worn down. In individual psychotherapy, you’ll be able to identify what you’d like to shift in your life, and start to create intentional change through specialized, evidence based, therapeutic processing and interventions. 

We treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma (racial, sexual, relationship), neurodivergence, burnout.

Relationship Psychotherapy

Through relationship psychotherapy, you and your partner or partners can begin to learn communication tools to allow for space to understand each other differently. We can help you and your partner attune to the needs of your relationship  in order to forge a new path forward.

We treat a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, extramarital relations, navigation of boundaries, premarital, intimacy challenges, life transitions, ethical non-monogamy. 

Therapy FAQ's

We’ve complied a list of some of the most frequently asked therapy questions. If you have any other questions not answered here place reach out.

Do you accept my insurance?

Our therapists are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Choice PPO, and Aetna plans. For other insurance companies (including BCBS plans with third-party payers), we’re out-of-network. We’ll provide a statement for you to seek reimbursement.

Do I need to live in Illinois to be a patient?

Ida Lillie is based out of Chicago, therefore our therapists are currently only able to provide teletherapy to Illinois based clients. However, if you are located outside of Illinois and interested in services, please submit an inquiry. Requirements are often changing state-by-state, and we’re happy to look into specific information for your case.

Is therapy confidential?

Protecting your privacy is an ethical and legal responsibility we take incredibly seriously. As a patient, information you share about yourself will be kept confidential. There are a few exceptions, and these include if information is shared which indicates clear and imminent risk to you or someone else, concerns of child or elder abuse, or as required by court order. Additional details regarding the rights and limits of confidentiality are available in the Notice of Privacy Practices, which is available to you through the intake paperwork or through our website.

Can my therapist prescribe medication?

They cannot. Therapists are generally not able to provide medication evaluations or scripts, however we are happy to refer you for a consultation with a psychiatrist, and collaborate closely with your psychiatrist in your care.

Can I use my insurance for therapy?

We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Choice PPO plans, and are also Lyra network providers. For other insurance networks and plans, we encourage you to inquire about your insurance out of network benefits. These benefits often reimburse you a portion of the cost of your session.

Do you offer reduced or sliding scale rates?

Yes! Ida Lillie is committed to providing accessible services to our community. We offer a sliding scale services through our graduate intern program. This means that the cost of our services can be adjusted according to your financial situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to discuss your personal circumstances.

What happens in my first therapy session?

The first session, called an intake session, is all about determining your needs and if you and your therapist will be a good fit together. During this time they’ll learn about what brings you to therapy, current struggles and symptoms, past experiences, important relationships, and goals. Your therapist will then share more about their style and what working together could look like. You’ll then have the opportunity to share any questions, concerns, or preferences for moving forward with therapy.

When will I start feeling better after therapy?

This depends on what you bring to therapy (referring not only to your concerns, but also your openness). Some problems are able to be resolved within a few sessions, and others are more complex and will require more time and processing together. Throughout therapy we’ll check in about goals, how we’re moving towards them, and what aspects are helping to provide relief in an effort to move you forward faster.

Are therapy sessions in person or virtual?

All sessions are conducted virtually, as we’re an exclusively telehealth private practice. You’ll be able to meet with your therapist through a secure platform using a unique link for your video sessions.

What is the benefit of therapy?

The foundation of therapy is your relationship with your therapist. Through this relationship, you’ll learn more about how you show up in your relationships outside of therapy. Think of therapy as a place for you to role play for the real world, while receiving constructive feedback along the way.

Therapy is not advice giving, nor is it a place where you should experience shame or judgment.

Clinician Services

Consultation

Clinical consultation is available for individual therapists and group practices. We provide case and diagnostic consultation with specializations in evidenced based treatment for mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. Additionally, we offer consultation for clinicians who support patients in their marginalized experience.

Training

We offer a variety of trainings centered around decolonizing your clinical practice. Our trainings are experiential in nature, and challenge you as the clinician to deepen your knowledge of anti-racism within yourself and your practice, with the option of earning CEs. Our current training offerings are:

  • Do No Harm: Utilizing an anti-racist lens as a psychotherapist
  • Implicit bias training
  • Decolonizing eating disorder treatment: Exploring the intersection of white supremacy, diet culture, + treatment
  • Binge eating disorder: Theories and treatment

Inquire for additional information.

Our Mission

We share the lived experience many marginalized folks have in this world where our voices aren’t heard, respected, valued, or uplifted. Centuries of systematic disenfranchisement and oppression have fostered distrust, stigma, and difficulties with access to the pursuit of wellness. Ida Lillie offers a space to recognize the damage and disservice this has done to our communities, while also creating space for embodied change in our patients.

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