Psychotherapy & Counseling Specialist

Premier Psychiatry -  - Psychiatrist

Premier Psychiatry

Psychiatrists located in Orland Park, Oak Lawn, Lombard, & Downers Grove, IL

Dr. Pradeep Thapar and the licensed social workers at Premier Psychiatry in Orland Park and Chicago Ridge, Illinois, provide expert psychotherapy and counseling services for patients. Psychotherapy and counseling can help patients achieve improved quality of life and a higher level of functioning despite trauma or mental illness.

Psychotherapy & Counseling Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is one non-medicinal means of treatment for mental illness. During a psychotherapy session, the therapist prompts the patient to share and explore their thoughts, feeling, and behaviors, and evaluates the patient's verbal and nonverbal responses to uncover feelings the patient might not know he or she had. The therapist’s ultimate goal is to help the patient identify harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and learn skills to redirect them into more positive and constructive ones.

Who is a good candidate for counseling?

Anyone can gain significantly from counseling. The most important element is the patient’s willingness to share with the counselor and respond to the counselor’s prompts. In most cases, Premier Psychiatry recommends counseling and psychotherapy as a treatment for mental illness, emotional struggles, trauma, and psychiatric disorders.

How many sessions are required?

The number of sessions required depends on each patient’s individual goals, circumstances, and level of participation. Patients who were hurt as a child, for example, may need more time to heal and recover than patients who recently experienced a trauma. Patients who have coped well may need less time in counseling than patients who have copied in ways harmful to themselves or others. The time and money spent on therapy are an investment in the patient’s happiness and success in the future.

How can patients prepare for their counseling appointment?

Patients should consider in advance what they’re looking for in a therapist and what they plan to get out of the treatment.

How is talk therapy different than talking to a friend?

Therapists and psychiatrists reveal very little about themselves, which allows patients to explore their thoughts and feelings without outside influence deeply. Also, these professionals are trained to identify thoughts and feelings that are expressed non-verbally, which ensures they address all issues through the therapy process.

Accepted Insurance Providers

At Premier Psychiatry, we accept most major insurances. Here is a short-list of some the insurances that we accept. If you do not see yours listed, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

United Healthcare