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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.

Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions

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 info@inmotioncounseling.com and we will be happy to answer them.

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.





Dr. Carmen Ochoa Galindo

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.

Alice Solis

Alice Solis is an MA Psychotherapist. She received her Master’s Degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago. She has worked in community mental health for more than 10 years. She has worked with children, adolescent, adults, and older adults in various settings such as school, group home, and the community. She has also worked with at-risk children and adolescent.

Alice combines effective and practical mind-body connective techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness and insight-oriented practices to help clients explore how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected; as well as how having such insight can help clients gain more control of their responses to stressors and emotional triggers. She helps clients explore the connection between their mind and their body to allow them to be their authentic self while processing their difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences. She works at helping individuals with various life transitions, depression, anxiety, work/life balance, self-esteem, BIPOC mental health, and stress- management.

As a woman of color, she feels strongly about the importance of understanding cultural sensitivity in order to create opportunities of awareness, growth, education, and change. She values diversity and cultural competence while understanding the importance of providing a safe space that has zero judgment, contains empathic listening, and also has unconditional support and acceptance. She is also committed to providing a safe space that has an integrative approach to exploring emotional, social, behavioral, and cultural well-being. She aims to collaborate and encompass empowerment and advocacy in order to help clients reach their individualized goals.

When she is not helping clients, Alice enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys cooking, watching movies, listening to audio books, and traveling.





Odalinda Avila-Trivino

Odalinda Avila-Trivino (Linda), LPC, CTY-200 is a female Latina counselor, an avid runner, and a yoga instructor. She has practiced in various environments in the community for more than 20 years. She is an accomplished and energetic therapist with a solid history of achievement in the behavioral health field. Her areas of expertise include behavioral health counseling, assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric and substance use issues, child & adolescent, grief & bereavement, trauma, Latino mental health, and crisis intervention.

Her counseling style is a person-centered, nonjudgmental, compassion-focused, and integrative approach. Focusing on strengths, building on them, and helping move towards the values are valuable to the client. She approaches the counseling relationship with collaboration between the therapist and the client in a safe, trusting space. The treatment is personalized to the client's needs; it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. The ultimate goal is to help the client learn tools to use and make decisions on their own.

Linda entered yoga to be mindful of the mind and body connection especially, as a runner, and to grow spiritually. Her yoga practice led her to the path of studying trauma-sensitive yoga. Her goal is to give back to her community by sharing the benefits of yoga and counseling for health and wellbeing. Her classes draw from the framework of breathing, gentle-stretching, and movements, mindfulness, personal choice and creation of resources, positive coping skills, and meditative and restorative yoga.

Linda uses mindfulness running as a personal practice to process and improve low-mood, anxiety, stress, and depression. She found the routine therapeutic and turned to it as a means of self-soothing.

Nicole Espinoza

Nicole Espinoza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the Social Services field since 2001. Nicole received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, Social Welfare and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in International Program Development from Dominican University. She has a background working in non-profit organizations, community mental health facilities, municipalities and schools. Nicole is also a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer and has trained first responders, community members, and government workers.

Her therapeutic approach is accepting, kind, and holistic with an infusion of humor. She has experience working with depressive disorders, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, and grief. She has provided individual, family, group and couples therapy to clients of all ages and walks of life. Nicole is also an affirming therapist for the LGBTQ+ community.

As a bilingual English/Spanish-speaking practitioner, Nicole is passionate about supporting individuals and families who have migrated, particularly those experiencing acculturation stress. She previously lived in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize where she worked with women and children living on the streets and designed a violence prevention program.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys gardening, traveling, doing yoga and spending time with her children.



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.

Rates & Insurance

We are in-network with most Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Choice plans.

Many plans offer out-of-network benefits where insurance will pay a portion of the session. If you’d like to utilize your out-of-network benefits for sessions please contact the number found on the back of your card to find out reimbursement. You will be responsible for the full fee at the time of the appointment and I can provide you with a super bill to submit to insurance for reimbursement.

If you do not have insurance, please contact us about our accessible and affordable self pay rate. Send us a note at info@inmotioncounseling.com

Participamos en la red con la mayoría del seguro médico de Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO y Blue Choice.

Muchos planes ofrecen beneficios fuera de la red donde el seguro pagará una parte de la sesión. Si desea utilizar sus beneficios fuera de la red para las sesiones, comuníquese con el número que se encuentra en el reverso de su tarjeta para averiguar el reembolso. Usted será responsable de la tarifa completa en el momento de la cita y puedo proporcionarle una factura para que la envíe al seguro para obtener un reembolso.

Si no tiene seguro, comuníquese con nosotros acerca de nuestra tarifa. Envíenos una nota a info@inmotioncounseling.com

Contact Us

Locations in Berwyn and Oak Park

info@inmotioncounseling.com

+1 708-613-7912