Dana Steiner, MA, LCPC

Dana Steiner, MA, LCPC


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For the last 25 years, I've dedicated myself to the field of mental health. As a therapist, owner of 2 private practices, and faculty member, I've gained the respect of my clients, supervisees and students. My unique, results-oriented, respectful and collaborative approach to psychotherapy is designed for you to recognize your progress and movement toward your personal goals. We will not aimlessly talk without a plan that is results-driven.  Therapy can and should be a life-changing experience.  It begins with choosing a therapist who is both highly qualified and understands both the challenges and fears of beginning therapy. Most importantly, choose a clinician you feel is a "good fit" as this is the most important factor for your therapy to be effective.  That is why I offer a complimentary phone consult for all prospective clients.  This provides prospective clients a sense of who I am and how they feel talking with me.   My clients often exceed their goals and go from exisiting to truly living. They feel respected and supported at every step in the process.  I believe this is why my clients voted me "Best Therapist" in 2014.  I've been recognized by numerous insurers and Employee Assistance Programs as a "preferred provider" based on client feedback.  In addition to my extensive experience, I pursue advanced trainings to stay abreast of the most effective, scientifically proven methodologies in the field.  I strongly value being a warm, non-judgmental professional who understands the upmost importance of confidentiality.  You are seeking help to address matters that are interfering in your life. Choose a seasonsed professional who understands where you are and will provide you with the tools to get to where you want to be.  My fee structure is reflective of the superior service I bring to each and every client.  I charge slightly more when traveling to you (varies with distance; I'm based in Evanston).  Seeing me in my office is slightly less and includes my cost for rent.  Online therapy is less and takes into account my costs for having HIPPA compliant software to "meet online" and telephonic therapy is the most economic as there are no additional costs added to providing you counseling that is superior, effective and life-altering.

I am both humbled and gratified when clients repeatedly tell me how "different" and "really transformative" their therapeutic experience has been. The cards and letters of thanks I receive touch me deeply.  Clients often say "I've never told anyone this...".  I do not take this lightly and am honored to have gained such trust. Knowing I've helped to positively impact another person's life is beyond gratifying. You determine the pace and together we’ll embark on your unique path toward living and not simply existing.  Please visit my website www.danasteinercounseling.com and view my profiles on both www.psychologytoday.com and on linked in at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/readyforchange/

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Evanston, IL 60201
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

After you accept my offer of services, I will contact you by phone to arrange a day and time.  We will confirm the type of counseling you desire (in-person, coming to you or vice versa, virtual or telephonic).  If not using insurance, sessions are one full hour.  Depending upon your insurance, sessions are 50 or 60 minutes.  You may purchase additional time and pay out of pocket.  During our first and second session I will ask some basic questions regarding your current life situation (home and work life) as well as what brought you to take action and begin therapy.  We will discuss your expectations and any specific goals you have.  If you are unsure, I will help you formulate initial goals.  Often as we work together, these may be updated or more added.  Everything is confidential except in the following situations:  I believe you're a danger to yourself or others, I believe there is child or elder abuse, I believe you are abusing opioids, or you own a firearm and the information I have leads me to believe you are not stable to own one.  The law requires me to break confidentiality in these situations however, I will discuss this with you before a report is made to ensure I have not mis-interpreted what I've been told.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I obtained my Master's degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1991. I attended Washington University in St. Louis where I obtained my Bachelor's degree in psychology in 1989.  In 1996 I obtained my designation as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor which allows me to practice independently.  I've completed training to supervise other therapists and am a Certified Gottman Trained therapist.  Gottman has developed the only scientifically proven methods in couple's counseling. Other advanced training has been in women and weight loss, LGBTQ issues, grief and loss, chronic/terminal illness and mindfulness techniques which can be modified to be significantly effective with all issues.  I have taught psychology and the undergraduate level and provided mental health education and services to Navy personnel at all ranks.  Additonally, I have established three successful businesses; a group private practice, consultation on worker's compensation cases and a solo private practice which is where I currently work.  Attorneys for insurers and individuals have employed me as an expert witness for worker's compensation cases and I've assisted individuals in making major life and career changes mid-life.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

My rates reflect the superior quality of my services, extensive experience and my ability to address crisis situations or other concerns that come up between sessions.  The rate includes up to 2 emails per week (assuming these take no more than 20 minutes to address).  If I travel to you, I charge an additional $80/hour, broken down by the quarter hour, costs associated with in-person sessions (rent if you travel to me). Virtual sessions are less but take into account my cost for HIPPA compliant software.  My one hour rate is $160 which is available if I am out of network with your insurance or you are not using insurance.  If using insurance, I accept BCBS and Cigna. Cigna pays for 45 minute sessions only.  You may pay an additional $40 for an hour session (or more, again broken down by the quarter hour should you want a longer session). You may use your out of network benefits if you have other insurance.  Reduced rates are available with financial documentation (pay stub and latest tax return).

How did you get started in this business?

At the age of 14 my father passed away from cancer.  My mother experienced a deep depression and I was left to fend for myself.  No services existed to assist us during his illness nor to manage our individual and familial reactions when he died.  This had a profound impact on me and I decided I would see to it that no child nor parent ever went through this without professional support.  My high school yearbook states that my professional goal was psychologist.  I began taking psychology classes in high school and the rest is history.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I've worked exclusively with adults (ages 18 through 96).  My clients have been civilians and members of the military (including their spouses).  I've worked with people of all socioeconomic levels and educational backgrounds including other therapists.  I provide supervision to therapists as well.  My areas of expertise are relationship/marital counseling (including pre-marital and those going through divorce as well as those already divorced, adults facing major life transitions such as a new career, empty nesters, family crisis, women who have issues with their weight, chronic and terminal illness, grief and loss, and anxiety and depression.  My clients want results and seek out those who are outstanding in their field.  They understand the value of therapy and expect to get what they pay for (which they do).

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I often receive referrals from clients which is a very high compliment.  Many clients return to see me when facing a new life event or challenge; others come in for what they refer to as a "tune-up".  Recently a client I first saw 15 years ago to deal with his divorce came back to discuss issues in his new marriage.  Several years later I received a card from him with photos of his new baby.  It said "this life would never have been created without your help".  I called him and said he gave me too much credit but he insisted I was an integral part of his new, healthy marriage which includes this baby.  It brought tears of joy to my eyes to know my work with him had been so powerful.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Do your homework.  After reading a profile, visit Psychology Today which in my opinion is the best site to judge a therapist's qualifications and fit for you.  It has the same information for all therapists which "evens the playing field".  Unlike a website that reflects more about the investment than the therapist, Psychology Today has every therapist complete the same forms for the same price.  That way you are comparing apples to apples.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Imagine yourself working with a therapist.  What would you want to feel and know before you got there?  While working with the therapist?  Get the therapist's license number and look them up (in Illinois) on line at idfpr.com.  Make sure their license is in good standing and they have never been reprimanded.  This is an excellent beginning.