Established in 2012 in Chicago, Illinois
Hello and welcome! My name is Cherie Lusky, LCPC, ATR, a trained art therapist, somatic therapist, and licensed counselor. In practice for over ten years, I continue to evolve my approach to therapy and incorporate mind-body and creative elements from an intuitive place with clients. In addition to private practice, I have worked at therapeutic day schools, outpatient mental health clinics and non-profit organizations.
I currently meet with adults with a focus on individuals experiencing life transitions (a new job, recent move, relationship breakup), stressors, anxiety, depression and trauma survivors. I also have a special interest in supporting other individuals in the healing professions as well as artistic and creative types. I welcome all genders/gender identities, sexual orientations, races, religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds into my practice.
Please note that while I am currently accepting new clients, I have temporarily put in-person sessions on hold due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to protect those vulnerable members of our community. In the meantime, I am offering telehealth (video) sessions. If you'd like to explore the possibility of working together, please reach out so that we can talk about it.
Meeting You Where You Are
Are you new to therapy? Or have tried in the past and are looking to re-engage? My approach to therapy is holistic (meaning the whole individual) in nature and eclectic. We'll examine all parts of your life that may need a little extra attention or support to figure out the best treatment plan for you. I utilize evidence-based practices such as ACT (acceptance commitment therapy), mindfulness and a little sprinkle of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).
Express Yourself Creatively
Art therapy is a expressive therapeutic modality that can assist individuals in opening up creativity, exploring emotions and blocks, touch into experiences that may be too painful to talk about, or discover insights that may not be gained by traditional talk therapy. You do not need any special training in art to participate in art therapy, just a willingness to be creative and explore. A directive (prompt) will be provided to you based on therapeutic goals that have been established.
Increase Emotional Regulation
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a therapeutic technique that incorporates the body into treatment. It was originally developed to address unresolved trauma that gets 'stuck' in the body. We all experience emotions physically, whether were are aware of it, or not. Somatic Experiencing is a very gentle process to assist in finding some different management strategies for emotions as well as help regulate the nervous system.
Available Through a Secure Video Platform
Access mental health care from the comfort of your home. All that is needed is a secure internet connection and a media device with video capabilities (phone, tablet or computer). Telehealth sessions have been proven to be just as effective as in person sessions and can be accessed when meeting in person is not an option. This is currently being offered due to the global pandemic of COVID-19.
Insurance and Rates
Create Counseling Center LLC is in-network with the private insurance companies Aetna; BCBS PPO and Blue Choice; Cigna; First Health and Humana as well as several EAP's. The standard rate for an intake session is $150, for follow up sessions it is $105-$135 based on the length of the session. Your out-of-pocket cost will depend on your insurance plan, so please contact your carrier about your specific coverage.
Each session typically lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.
For out of network benefits, payment is required up front. We will provide a statement of care to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.