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DZ Therapy, Oswego, IL | Danielle Zimmerman

Danielle

I've been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C) for 15 years.

My approach is to help you build a uniquely fulfilling life, a more compassionate view of yourself, and increased confidence in your relationships. I do that by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

 

I also utilize Brainspotting. Brainspotting is a gentle, powerful, focused mindfulness, emotional healing tool based on current neuroscientific understanding of how our mind/body system stores and processes memories, emotions, and trauma; and that the brain knows how to heal itself.


I work closely with you to understand painful feelings and circumstances while building upon the strengths already there. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space where your experience will be heard and you will leave feeling supported, validated, and more at ease.

YOU DESERVE A PLACE TO BE UNAPPOLOGETICALLY YOU!

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working with me is like...

When I am working with you I am going to show up as a present, compassionate, and open human in the room with you. I will focus on building a relationship with you first and foremost - one where you feel comfortable to share, one where we can laugh at the relatable situations that arise, and even one where we can sit safely in the suffering together. I believe that it's okay to not be okay and I want you to know you are not alone during those times where you don't feel okay.

my background

I received my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University while working at Linden Oaks Hospital as a behavioral health associate. I continued to work at the hospital in every department as a clinical therapist, intern supervisor, and eventually in case management. I worked with populations inpatient and outpatient and helped develop and create the education and program utilized in both the adolescent program and the anxiety program.

 

I have specific training in anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ+, eating disorders, and the perinatal community. I have worked with individuals, couples, families from ages 7-65.

 

I have worked in private practice for the past 11 years learning what my passion is. 

licensure and credentials

  • Licensure: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois #180008633

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Roosevelt University, Chicago IL

  • Bachelor of Science Psychology, Illinois State University, Normal IL

  • Brainspotting Practitioner

  • Perinatal Mental Health Certification

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FAQ'S

frequently asked questions

  • What can I expect from you as my therapist?
    As a therapist it’s essential to live what I teach. I take your investment seriously and do quite a bit of behind the scenes work outside of our counseling sessions so I may serve you better, including reading, learning, attending advanced trainings, gathering resources and preparing for our time together. When you enter into therapy with me, I commit to you. I ask you to be equally invested.
  • Are there other ways to be reimbursed for my therapy expenses?
    Yes! THRIZER MAKES REIMBURSEMENT EASY! Head over to Thrizer.com and sign up for free to get an instant benefits breakdown and easily upload your superbills. Please be sure to inform them that services will take place via Telehealth. When submitting information to an insurance company, the insurance company - not you - decides how many sessions are appropriate for your treatment and the length of those sessions. Private information shared with your insurance company may be stored in the Medical Information Bureau where it can be accessed in the future by other parties such as life insurance companies. I am happy to provide you with proof of service (Superbill) so you may recover some of your costs. Keep in mind, there are many reasons an insurance company may not reimburse for sessions that you have paid for. This may be because you do not have a diagnosis, or the diagnosis you do have is not covered. It may also be because they do not reimburse for out of network providers, or for telehealth. Reimbursement should be viewed as a bonus, not a financial necessity in order to participate in therapy.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    You will be charged the full fee for canceled or rescheduled sessions with less than 24 hours’ notice. In the event of an unavoidable conflict or emergency we may be able to make other arrangements to avoid the cancelation fee. I reserve your appointment time just for you. By carefully limiting the number of clients I choose to work with at any given time, it allows me to serve you best.
  • Do you accept health insurance?
    I am currently in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), however that will be ending at the end of Summer 2024. Starting in September 2024, I will no longer be accepting health insurance. I'm choosing to work with individuals (you), not insurance companies. I believe that the most effective care includes tailoring each treatment plan to meet the unique needs of the individual - not meet the rigid guidelines of the insurance company. As such, am not paneled with any insurance carriers. However, if your insurance covers ‘out-of-network providers’ (typically PPO insurance plans) they may reimburse you for part of my fee, you may contact them to determine what the reimbursement rates on your plan are.
  • What does an individual session with you look like?
    The below steps are what an individual therapy session will look like between us: I Connect with You I meet you where you're at. Wherever you are in your journey we start there. I learn about you while you learn about you during our therapy sessions. We Find What Feels Good We will explore your supports; help create a village and a safety net to have while you work through your journey. We explore things that help you feel better when you are under stress or having a bad day. And I help regulate your nervous system. Processing with Brainspotting Brainspotting helps you process overwhelming experiences that have been stuck and haven't allowed you to move forward. I will guide you to notice the feelings and body sensations and images associated with a difficult experience. (Learn more on Brainspotting under Services) Reflection & Wrap-Up We will look back on our work together. You will reflect on the process as to what has been most meaningful to you and what your biggest takeaway is. We will check-in to see if we accomplished everything you had hoped for and celebrate all your hard work and breakthroughs!
  • How much are individual therapy sessions?
    Therapy is an investment of time, energy and money. My fee is $200 for individuals per 50-minute session or $300 per 80-minute sessions. Sessions can occur weekly or every 2 weeks depending on your needs and goals.
  • Do you provide a Good Faith Estimate?
    Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges. You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees. Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises
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