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The mind body connection
Your own natural ability to heal yourself
Your own ability to grow learn and move forward
Act, do and change
Gain more skills and tools
Try (whatever that means to you)
Talking & Thinking
Walking & Breathing (very important)
And other fun stuff
Unsure about sitting in an office? We get that! We offer walk and talk counseling sessions to take the pressure off “talking”. Maybe you’ve tried traditional therapy in the past and are looking to try something different.
Research shows that "behavioral activation" (a fancy way of saying get your body moving) is one of the best ways to combat and prevent depression. Let’s take our sessions outdoors, get some fresh air and move both physically and emotionally.
You’ve thought about talking to someone but have a very busy schedule. Maybe you are a college student and only have two or three hour breaks in between classes and aren’t sure you can make it to an appointment. Do you hate driving, don’t drive or struggle to find childcare?
That is why we offer Online Video Sessions (also called telehealth sessions). It is very easy to use and doesn’t require any additional programs or downloads. All you need is an internet ready device and you are good to go. This service is only for residents of IL. Please contact us for a free 15 minute consultation if you would like to try it, without commitments.
Has pensado en hablar con alguien pero tienes un horario muy ocupado. Tal vez eres un estudiante universitario y solo tienes dos o tres horas entre clases y no estas seguro de poder asistir a una cita. Quizas no tienes transporte o no hay un terapueta que habla tu idiolma cerca de ti.
Es por eso que ofrecemos sesiones de video en línea (también llamadas sesiones de telesalud). Es muy fácil de usar y no requiere ningún programa o descarga adicional. Todo lo que necesita es un aparato listo con una coneccion de Internet y es todo. Este servicio es solo para las personas que viven en el estado de Illinois.. Por favor contáctenos para una consulta gratuita de 15 minutos si quieres probarlo, sin compromisos.
What is telehealth?
Telehealth, also called teletherapy or e-counseling, is receiving therapy virtually. We use a HIPAA compliant platform called Doxy.me where all you have to do is click on the link at your scheduled time to “see” your therapist. It is just like using any other app that allows for live face to face over the internet communication (facetime, whatsapp, snapchat). All you need is a secure internet connection and an internet ready device.
How do you take care of the paperwork?
We will email you a link to our secure client portal via Simple Practice, where you will be able to fill out and read all of your intake documents. All your documents and information are stored in your client portal.
How do you handle payment?
We use another HIPAA compliant payment processor. We will send you a text message to sign up for Ivy Pay and charge your card after your visit. We do not have access to your credit card information. We are only allowed to charge your card.
Does it work?
OF COURSE! Research shows that telehealth visits are just as effective as in person visits.
What are the benefits of telehealth?
You save time driving to and from an office. You can come “as you are” from the comfort of your home or office or anywhere you choose. You don’t have to worry about childcare or leaving your fur babies alone. Teletherapy is a safe alternative to face to face sessions during state issued quarantine and/or to follow social distancing recommendations. Lastly, e-counseling is a way to continue to receive support during an uncertain or difficult time. We are here to listen and hold space for you.
Have any more questions? Please reach out to email@example.com and we will be happy to answer them.
Sandra is a personal trainer and understands how hard it can be to meet your health goals. The tough love method doesn’t work for everyone.
Sandra is compassionate, kind and wants you to enjoy the journey and not just focus on the destination. Whether your goal is going from couch to 5k or just to relieve stress, we will help you explore the mind-body connection.
Diet and exercise are not punishment, they are acts of self love. They are lifestyle choices that can be hard without someone to check in with, without guilt or shame. Physical activity builds resilience to face both physical and emotional hurdles.
Being a counselor or therapist can be hard work and you don’t have to do it alone. Sandra provides reflective supervision and case consultation services for all clinicians. She specializes in:
School social work (grades 1-12)
Trauma focused care
Culturally competent practice
Sandra is an NASW approved supervisor. She has supervised student interns, prepares MSWs for licensure and examination and has provided support for clinicians in the field.
Both group and individual supervision are available. Affordable and accessible
Sandra provides guidance and consulting surrounding the integrated model for behavioral health in primary care. If you are a medical provider who is interested in treating a patient as "whole person", let Sandra guide you through how to recognize mental health issues early in your clients.
Early life experiences can impact health outcomes. More and more studies show how trauma impacts health. For more information about ACEs, contact us. Sandra can help schools become more trauma informed and trauma sensitive by providing in services to staff and students.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidenced-based public education program that teaches participants how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The 8 hour training helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illness. The goal of this training is to make responding to a mental health crisis as common as using CPR in a cardiac emergency. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.
For more information on bringing this training to your school, organization or community, please contact us.
"Sandra is an exceptional and knowledgeable LCSW supervisor, her passion is demonstrated throughout her teaching. I’ve been very blessed to have learned so much during our time of Supervision. Thanks Sandra for always being a person of integrity and for your consistent desire to continue to help those you supervise" - R (former supervisee, shared with permission)
Sandra Montes is a bilingual, Latina therapist and the owner of In Motion Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her education at Loyola University Chicago. She holds Professional Educator License in the state of IL (formerly Type 73) and is a certified alcohol and other drug counselor (CADC). She is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Sandra has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings from inpatient units to a community mental health settings. Using a trauma-informed lens, Sandra has helped clients with depression, anxiety, and stress management. Sandra is a firm believer in strength based perspective and cognitive behavioral therapy. Sandra also believes in a spiritual and holistic perspective in therapy. She also has a focus on behavioral activation or "moving" helping clients become motivated to move their physical bodies to feel relief for their emotional states.
Sandra provides supervision to MSWs looking to become licensed clinicians. She is registered with NASW-IL as an approved clinical supervisor and provides reflective, culturally informed supervision towards licensure for MSW graduates. She has experience in case consultation and developing mental heath programming.
Sandra enjoys running and has completed several half marathons. She has coached and helped clients go from couch to 5k and beyond. She has special interest in helping clients address their emotional barriers in weight loss and weight management.
Amanda Stephans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and her Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Amanda has worked with children and adolescents in several settings from group homes to community-based settings. She has also worked with adults battling substance abuse and anger management through outpatient services.
Amanda’s focus has been on helping individuals with depression, anxiety, emotional regulation and self-esteem. She has worked in many specialties from alcohol and drug prevention to short term intervention. Amanda has helped in building prevention programs, and strategies to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse. She has worked with an extensive network of social service agencies and holds a strong belief to put the needs of the individual first.
Amanda has experience in conflict resolution, substance abuse counseling, providing job training and delivering professional development. She is a strong advocate of using a strength based perspective and cognitive behavioral therapy in practice. Through a trauma informed lens, she knows that understanding an individual’s life experience is essential in delivering effective care. Through therapy she helps to empower the individual and works to create a safe and welcoming space for individuals to be successful.
Amanda is an avid football fan and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago and has a golden retriever named Kona. She hopes to train Kona as a therapy dog to help communities cope with trauma, grief and stress.
Carmen is a bilingual, Latina therapist. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and has her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She has also completed 40-hour certified training for both domestic violence and sexual assault. Carmen has worked with a number of at-risk populations, providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults for almost 15 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Carmen's past experiences include working with individuals who experienced anxiety, depression, behavioral/school problems, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other significant trauma. She uses different therapeutic approaches, including solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, andclient-centered practices with a strength-based perspective. She fosters a healthy and strong therapeutic alliance to create a genuine and collaborative client-clinician relationship.
Carmen works to establish a non-judgmental and communicative space with all her clients and guide and support them with their treatment goals. She has a passion for working with children and adolescents, who don't always feel heard or understood. Carmen utilizes play and art therapy techniques with these clients and works with them so they can find their voice, inner strength, and confidence to be heard.Additionally, Carmen has over 10 years of experience teaching psychology and counseling courses at both undergraduate and graduate level.
In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, which consists of her husband, twin toddler daughters and her three shar-pei dogs, as well as doing yoga, reading, and going to concerts.
Our team had the pleasure of speaking about the importance of mental health in our countries capital.
A few of the many past events we like to get involved in.