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Lara Alkurdi(She/Her/Hers)

Master of Social Work, MSWLicensed Social Worker, LSW
Anxiety - Depression- Eating disorders & disordered eating- Existential crisis & challenges- Relationship issues- Stress management-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

Professional statement

I have experience working with an array of cultures, populations and genders, including those facing depression, anxiety and those struggling to change their patterns of behavior. Sometimes we can get frustrated when we are trying to break or form certain habits. And this makes sense when fear, judgement or shame get in the way. I help people identify and change what’s not working in their life.

My clients tend to experience a lot of overthinking and worry, feeling uneasy throughout the day, and struggles with time management; they also experience sadness and difficulty with daily routines. Often times we’re working on gaining clarity, and perspective shifting their lens, working towards changing behavior, and having a different emotional responses.

Together, we can asses your needs and from there I integrate different approaches. I incorporate CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches. Change can be difficult and I enjoy helping people find the motivation they need to make positive behavior changes in their life!

Message to clients

If you’re nervous about reaching out, I get it. It’s my goal to develop a therapeutic alliance with you to work through and understand the challenges and obstacles that you might be facing. I’m available for a free phone consultation to get the process started!

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 2 years

Elevated Life Counseling, Therapist

Loyola University of Chicago, MSW, 2022


Illinois: 150109282




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

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

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


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

Locations & Hours


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (50min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly