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Welcome to In Motion Counseling

At In Motion Counseling we believe in:

The mind body connection

Your own natural ability to heal yourself

Your own ability to grow learn and move forward

We work with individuals who want to:

Act, do and change

Gain more skills and tools

Try (whatever that means to you)

We do “action” based counseling that can include:

Talking & Thinking

Walking & Breathing (very important)

And other fun stuff

Lastly, we always hope to be of service. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help you in any way.

Counseling Services

Have you been struggling with changes in your life? Feeling unlike yourself? Counseling can provide a safe, confidential space to talk about whatever is heavy on your heart or mind. Sometimes we just need to say our thoughts out loud to a non judgemental ear.
Sandra provides reflecting counseling and therapy to individuals, and families.

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Individual therapy for teens and adults

Yoga Nidra Guided Relaxation

Consejeria en Espanol

Video/Online Sessions
(for residents of IL only)

Walk and Talk Therapy

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.

Let us walk side by side with you.

Online Video Sessions Available

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?

We understand!

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.

Sesiones de video en línea disponibles

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.

¡Lo Entendemos!

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.

Coaching

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.

Personal training sessions and talk therapy sessions can be combined into one.

Supervision & Case Consultation

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

Mentoring and Networking are always free and welcomed

Consulting

Integrated Model

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.

Trauma Informed Care

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

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.

Schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

For more information on bringing this training to your school, organization or community, please contact us.

About our Staff



"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

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

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.



In Motion Counseling in Motion

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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.

Contact Us

Locations in Berwyn and Oak Park

info@inmotioncounseling.com

+1 708-613-7912