Getting Started

One of the strategies I use in treatment when things feel overwhelming is to help clients break things down into smaller pieces. The decision to start therapy is no exception.

Explore

First, take some time to look around my website and learn more about my approach to treatment and to get a sense about whether or not I would be a good fit to work with you.

Consult

I am an out of network provider, which means that I am not on any insurance panels and do not accept insurance directly. However, I do provide all the necessary paperwork for my clients to be reimbursed by their insurance providers. I know that for a lot of people the idea of going to an out of network provider might seem out of their budget at first, so I hope that it will be helpful to know that the majority of our clients submit their statements of service to their insurance providers and receive reimbursement. In my experience, my clients are generally reimbursed 60 to 80% of the costs of their sessions, so please consult with your insurance provider to determine your level of coverage.

Contact

When you're ready, contact me at 773-340-3663 or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use my website to contact me. You do not need to know your diagnosis or treatment goals to get in touch, as that is often a big part of our initial work together. All you need to know when you contact me is what is concerning or confusing in your life right now. I would be glad to provide a brief, initial phone consultation to address any questions that you might have.

Intake

Once some of your preliminary questions have been answered, you can schedule a date and time to meet with me in person for an intake session. Typically, an intake session last 50 to 60 minutes and gives us an opportunity to have a lengthier conversation together, so I can get a better sense of your concerns and you can get a better sense of what it would be like to work with me.

If you're a new client, please complete the applicable intake packet and bring it to your first session. We will discuss the information and policies included in the packet in detail during our first meeting together.

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About

drdelaluz-colorDr. Nicole de la Luz is a licensed clinical psychologist  specializing in children, teens, and adults. She helps anyone fix distorted thoughts, reduce worry, reduce stress and anxiety, thereby improving daily performance, relationships, and increasing happiness! She will support you with her warmth and empathy. Her therapeutic philosophy is an extension of her personality in that she looks for the strength you have within, helps you to see it, and encourages your growth. She receives feedback from her clients consistently describing her genuine concern for them. Clients feel safe to discuss personal issues with her because they see that she really cares.

She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. As a mother of two, Dr. de la Luz has been impacted to use a more sensitive approach when serving parents and families. She understands the challenges unique to being a parent and a stay-at-home-mom and can relate as only a parent can.

Dr. de la Luz has extensive training in anxiety disorders spanning back to 1996 while she attended the University of Texas at Austin. She is originally from Michigan. She completed her Masters of Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She wanted to more comprehensively clarify answers to her clients’ presenting concerns and found that many therapeutic questions could be answered by conducting and interpreting neuropsychological and psychological-educational assessments. She therefore attained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. NSU is a large private university that has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as an innovative research university. Dr. de la Luz trained under professors renowned in their contributions to the field of psychology: http://cps.nova.edu/faculty/fulltime.html, and http://cps.nova.edu/faculty/emeriti.html.

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