Services We Offer
Adoption issues (Foster Care)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Abuse and Neglect
Grief and Loss
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Are you at an emotional crossroads? Do you suffer from anxiety or find yourself coping with worries by pushing feelings to the side? Are you numbing with isolation, food, alcohol, or work? If you’re struggling to find emotional balance, we can help you become present in your body, understand the messages your mind is communicating, evaluate any emotional or body disconnects, and get your mind/body/soul working together in synergistic balance.
Psychotherapy for children and adolescents
Psychotherapy is not a quick fix or an easy answer. Its a complex and rich process that over time, can reduce symptoms, provide insight, and improve a child or adolescnts functioning and quality time.
By providing a safe place, counseling children and adolescents usually involves teaching new coping strategies, techniques to help them overcome adverse times easier, and different approaches to understanding their unique psychology. We are always focused on helping young people to navigate their way through important developmental periods.
What Is Depression?
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
TelehealthWhat is Telehealth?Telehealth is a method of providing and receiving confidential counseling services through video or audio format. Telehealth platforms have long been used in offering counseling services to populations that would otherwise not have access to services. With current stay-at-home orders and the necessity for social distancing, telehealth is now a means of providing ongoing treatment in our very own community.
Is Telehealth counseling confidential?Our therapists utilize a confidential and HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform when conducting video sessions. In addition, therapists prioritize being in a private space to ensure confidentiality when conducting sessions and will encourage you to find a private space as well so that your sessions is as confidential as if you were meeting in person. Although conducted over a video platform, sessions are never recorded.Counseling online seems…weird. Is it?
Counseling via telehealth is different than an in-person session, but like many new experiences it is generally easily adapted to. Some people might even find the format of video-sessions more comfortable and less nerve-wracking. For therapists, it allows new opportunities to get to know our clients in different ways. If you have reservations about telehealth, we urge you to push through that initial hesitation or anxiety and give it a try – there is much to be learned from things we seek to avoid! At Thrive Counseling we have a shared knowledge of and training in telehealth counseling. Our therapists will work to provide an experience that feels both safe and comfortable.
Marija Rizoska, MA
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
License #: 180.013905
With a cultural diverse background on her own, Marija holds a Master Degree in Counseling and provides Counseling and Life Coaching services to children, adolescents, adults and elders in English, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian and Bosnian.
Prior to moving to Chicago, Marija honored her skills at Lindenwood University and refined them in a research program with Washington University - School of Medicine, Psychiatry under supervision of Dr. Ginger Nicol. She set those skills to trial, and refined them, while working with children and adolescents in a clinical setting with acute cases at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, gaining experience in crisis intervention, clinical assessments, life transitions, diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.
With her unique charisma she brings to her work an insightful, thoughtful, straightforward, goal-oriented, hands-on, directive and genuine approach, focusing on maximizing clients ability to thrive across all areas of life. She strives to understand each clients unique life challenges and collaborates to develop healthy ways to cope, improve insight into ones behaviors, and foster positive chance.