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Self DesignGroup practice

Group practice

4 providers

Relationships-Eating disorders-Trauma-Depression-Anxiety-
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Practice Information

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.


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.


Julie  Blackman
Julie Blackman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW


Rebecca  Graham
Rebecca Graham

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC

Sr Therapist

Mackie  Berman
Mackie Berman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW


Angie  Cleary
Angie Cleary

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC





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)


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Loyola University Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Illinois Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$170 (55min)
  • Initial session:$170 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week