Therapists In-Network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO in Chicago

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO is a common health insurance in Chicago, and individuals who have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO may wish to find therapists who are in-network with their health insurance.

When you see a therapist who is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, each session you’ll pay only a copay, which typically ranges from $0-$75/session. Depending on your plan, you may first need to pay the provider’s full session fee until you meet your annual deductible, which is the total amount of medical expenses required before your health insurance starts to cover costs. Some plans cover the cost of in-network therapy sessions before the deductible is met; to verify whether your specific plan covers therapy sessions and at what rate, visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO website or call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask about your coverage for outpatient mental health.

Find vetted therapists in Chicago who are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO below. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


The Couch Method

The Couch Method

Online Sessions, IL

7358 Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

The Couch Method is a therapy practice servicing individuals, families, children and adolescents located in Lincolnwood, IL. Therapists at The Couch Method bring thoughtfulness, compassion and expertise into sessions with their clients. The Couch Method believes in bringing THREE MAIN TENANTS into the therapy room including EDUCATION, INSIGHT and SKILLS. At the Couch Method we believe that in order to get better, most clients need all three. With education and knowledge, our clients feel more empowered and secure. With insight about their histories, clients can begin to understand not simply how to feel better, but WHY they might be feeling and behaving this way in the first place. And thirdly, as much as talk about our pasts can be a helpful and necessary part of the treatment process, we believe in giving our clients more immediate relief, by providing creative and effective skills to manage current symptoms.

Because our practice values, professionalism and integrity, we work with our clients to set goals and track progress. Often, goals might include processing through trauma and neglect, setting boundaries in relationships, increasing self-esteem and developing a secure and solid identity. Other goals for children, adolescents and their families might include managing life transitions, creating meaningful connection, managing oppositional behaviors, social skill development and providing tools for mood related challenges (such as anxiety and depression).

And as much as we value professionalism, we equally recognize the importance of an authentic and nurturing therapeutic relationship. Our therapists know that the therapeutic bond is an immensely important one. Clients who seek treatment often feel vulnerable, raw, overwhelmed, and hopeless, and therefore, we approach these relationships with intention, immense care, warmth and professionalism, with an aim to provide individualized treatment.


Artesian Collaborative

Artesian Collaborative

73 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, 60603

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $200 per session

Sometimes we have what we need inside, but we have trouble tapping into it. We want to change but we just aren’t sure we have the stamina, ability or reserve to make it through. Sometimes we just don’t know where to start. All it takes is one step to move closer to the support you need to meet your goals. At Artesian Collaborative, LLC all our therapists are dedicated to helping our clients navigate through the tension and pain in life towards growth and change. We recognize that your identity, culture, history, relationships and experiences all come together to create who you are. Therapy is not a one size fits all model and requires us collaborate through a diversity of treatments, techniques and modalities to unearth your internal resources, build skills and take steps towards your values.

Dr. Sunitha Chandy's goal is to work with people to help them navigate pain and tension and turn it into growth that improves their lives, relationships, communities and the world.

Ben Tudor is passionate about bringing the real world into the therapy room so that skills and development can improve people’s daily lives.

Rosondunnii Marshall understands that it's normal to feel fear when stepping into change and she works with her clients so they don’t have to be stopped or dismayed by said fears or doubts.

Jackie Chavez strongly believes in balance and growth, meaning together she works with her clients to turn pain into purpose.


Howard  Farkas

Howard Farkas

155 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

I specialize in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. People who struggle with this problem usually feel a deep sense of shame about their unwanted eating and their struggle to overcome it. They often feel that the problem is due to their own lack of self-control or the willpower to just stop.

I believe that emotional eating is not a passive failure of control, but an active, defiant response against external control: namely, the perceived pressure to lose weight. When people diet to please others, they eventually feel that it’s unfair and rebel against it. That feeling of being controlled is what triggers emotional eating, not the tempting food. When anxiety about  the uncontrolled eating takes over, the diet pressure returns and the cycle continues. 

If you recognize this pattern in your own behavior, therapy can help you break the binge-diet cycle and establish a more positive relationship with food, and with yourself.


Tara  Genovese

Tara Genovese

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $170 per session

The search for a therapist that "gets it" and checks off all the boxes on your list can be exhausting. It took you so long to gather up the courage to get to this point and now you're here. You want someone that believes that more than just luck brings you to success and that will understand that achievement can take years of sacrifice. You're finally at a place where you feel like you don't have to sacrifice as much and here comes the fork in the road: one that leads to personal fulfillment despite defying expectations versus the slow march of being the dutiful, generous loyal individual that is to expect nothing in return. It's ok to want something else than what is the norm. Let's talk about the life you would like to live, schedule a free 15-minute consultation now!


Mary Ellen  Withers

Mary Ellen Withers

137 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60301

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $80 - $150 per session

There are often times in a person’s life when they feel a need for counseling.


Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness

Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness

70 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 60601

6033 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60660

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

The Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness is a therapy practice dedicated to helping your brain. They work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and physical symptoms, with a particular specialty in the treatment of mental health concerns related to cognitive impairment or neurological issues.

Whatever the problem, they are there to support and guide patients and families, as they work to build the best brain they can.


Julie  Safranski

Julie Safranski

2656 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60618

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

No matter the reason you are investing in therapy, finding the right fit with a therapist is key. My approach to therapy is practical, genuine and collaborative. I really enjoy helping people identify their strengths, change problematic thought patterns, and feel overall more confident about how their life is going.


Garrett  Shotwell

Garrett Shotwell

Online Sessions, IL

7300 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

It is so brave of you to reach out, as it's not always easy to do.  I believe that mental health should be accessible to everyone.  My first goal upon our initial interaction is see if we are a good fit.  I encourage you to do as many consultations as appropriate to find the Therapist that works for you.

Once we are working together, I believe that your experience in therapy should be adjusted to fit your needs... Which may change from session-to-session. Sometimes that means processing through something challenging, other times it's providing education on exactly what happens to your brain when you feel anxiety. Though, the most common theme is creating a vulnerable space for you to be seen - There is nothing more powerful :)

If you are feeling drawn to my warm approach, reach out and we can see what we create. Best of luck on your searching! 


Azita  Afshar

Azita Afshar

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I want you to know that I am here and appreciate the anxieties and/or hesitation in beginning the therapeutic journey. I want to tell you to trust how you feel in the room with someone and to take your time in finding what works for you. I also would like the opportunity to help and have the tools to do so. Together, we can figure out some things and help find you relief. It can get better. You are enough and everything you need may already be inside of you—we just may need to help you bring it out.


Centered Therapy Chicago

Centered Therapy Chicago

Online Sessions, IL

In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $195 per session

Life struggles are inevitable and you don’t need to wait until there is a “problem” to seek therapy. It takes strength and courage to ask for help and sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take the first step in asking for support. We believe that therapy can enrich people’s lives and relationships. We have worked with clients to overcome challenges and dramatically improve their lives.


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Can I see a therapist who is not in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois PPO?

Yes, you can see a therapist who is not in-network with with Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois PPO;  however, if you do, you will likely be responsible for paying the therapist’s full fees and submitting claims for out-of-network reimbursement.

Most PPO plans have out-of-network benefits, though reimbursement rates can vary widely, typically between 20-90% of the session cost. Your overall out-of-pocket costs will likely be higher, as you’ll only receive partial reimbursement for your session. Some providers also offer lower fees to clients with high deductible plans.

For details about your out-of-network coverage, call member services or search your plan documents for your summary of benefits. The key terms to look for are “out-of-network deductible” and “coinsurance.” Your out-of-network deductible is the amount you pay in medical fees before your out-of-network benefits start to apply. Coinsurance is the percentage of the session fee that the insurance company will reimburse you for each therapy session.

Does Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois PPO cover remote counseling in Chicago?

Many Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO plans will cover remote online therapy sessions. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO also has a unique online service called Virtual Visits, which offers remote online counseling services with a network of providers trained in offering secure and safe medical services remotely.

Remote or online counseling is great for managing medications and keeping up with therapy during busy times, so don’t hesitate to ask your therapist or insurance company about coverage for this option.