Self Design

Psychotherapy so you can be who you want to be

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon & daytime appointments at all practice locations (updated December 11, 2019)

Self Design was born out of a desire to help people who feel lost, find themselves again. Our mission is to help you be your authentic self on your own and in relationships.  Life’s challenges often cause us to disconnect from who we are and what is important to us. Find yourself. Be yourself. Be who you want to be.

Our focus is self-awareness and self-discovery, which leads to improved self-esteem and better judgment about what decisions are right for you.  It is difficult to figure out next steps in life.  Psychotherapy with a non-judgmental, down to earth therapist can help.


Julie  Blackman
Julie Blackman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Rebecca  Graham
Rebecca Graham

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC

Liz  Gray
Liz Gray

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Anastasia  Scangas
Anastasia Scangas

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

About

+ What are Self Design's specialities?

The clinicians at Self Design specialize in a variety of areas including: Relationship issues, eating disorders, trauma, depression and anxiety. Each of them has extensive experience working with clients struggling with eating disorders and have connections to other providers like dietitians, psychiatrists and medical doctors.

They have a particular interest in working with adults going through a difficult life transition such as adjusting to college, entering the job market, becoming a parent or heading into midlife as well as those who find themselves having a difficult time maintaining relationships.

+ Why should I choose Self Design?

The clinicians at Self Design are committed to helping you be the person you want to be. You will learn about your individual obstacles that get in the way of your growth. Then, they will help you navigate those obstacles so you can connect to your authentic self.

+ How does payment work at Self Design?

Self Design is in-network with BCBS PPO, Blue ChoiceUnited Healthcare, and the Northwestern University Aetna student insurance.

If you do not have one of these insurances, their fee range is $90 to $160 that is determined on a case-by-case basis. If they are out-of-network with your insurance, they will provide you a receipt for your weekly payment that you can give to your insurance for reimbursement.

+ How do I access your office?

Both our downtown Chicago and Evanston locations are conveniently located near public transportation and parking.


Specialties

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Eating disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $160

Therapist's note

If we are out-of-network with your insurance, we will provide you a receipt for your weekly payment that you can give to your insurance for reimbursement.


Location(s)

Magnificent Mile practice

625 North Michigan Avenue

Suite 1750

Chicago, IL 60611

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

The Loop practice

30 Michigan Avenue

Suite 826

Chicago, IL 60604

Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Evanston practice

626 Grove Street

Suite 207

Evanston, IL 60201

Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 2:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun 10:00am-6:00pm