Rick Coffaro, MA, LPC

Contact Options

(847) 438-4222 x 19Contact Form

Personal Statement

Life is difficult. At times, we all struggle with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, or with feeling afraid, alienated and alone. Sometimes we carry a secret that we are unable to speak. Or we find ourselves searching for meaning and purpose in life that seems to elude us. Others may have hit an impasse in one or more of their significant relationships: with a spouse, family member, partner, friend, or business relationship…sad, angry, and/or scared; we may need a professional to help us restore what has been broken. In other cases we may need help to grieve what has been lost and move forward. It takes courage to come into therapy. However, when the client and therapist are committed to the process the outcome can be transformational.

Who I Serve

I work with individuals adults (men/women), adolescents, families, and groups.

Specialty Treatment Areas

  • Substance use/addiction
  • Behavioral addictions (sex, gambling, pornography, etc)
  • Relationship problems (couples/families, work, peers)
  • Emotional regulation
  • Career/life transitions

Additional Treatment Areas

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Families coping with mental illness
  • Divorce support
  • Spiritual issues

Theoretical Approach

My approach to therapy is eclectic, based on the needs of the client. Research in the area of successful therapy confirms that the most important factor in helping the client heal is the therapeutic alliance, that is, the relationship of client and therapist. As the client-therapist relationship is made, built, maintained and deepened, the client experiences growth and healing.

Education/Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, Trinity International University, Deerfield IL
  • B.A. from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL