COVID-19

 Semillas Counseling PLLC now offers telehealth sessions to clients as an alternative 

to an in-office visit,  which can enable you to connect with our clinicians 

while reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 or further illness.  


We're here to help.  Don't isolate.  Our therapists can support you as you navigate this unprecedented time.

  

Please continue to consult the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Cook County Health Department, or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) websites for updates and preventative measures so that you can care for yourself, your family, and help reduce the impact of COVID-19.

Relationship and Marriage Counseling In Chicago

Michael Villarreal, Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling EMDR, LGBTQ, Prepare Enrich Facilitator

Michael Villarreal, LCPC, NCC

A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Clinical Director and Founder of Semillas Counseling PLLC.


Michael’s personal mission is his passion, to create a safe and meaningful therapeutic experience, generating a greater sense of self-acceptance and self-awareness, improving the quality of your relationships.  Working collaboratively with each couple, Michael strives to foster a deeper sense of intimacy, commitment, and connection that will last a lifetime.  He incorporates a caring, directive, solution-oriented approach to minimize the disconnection and expedite the healing process. 


Michael earned his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  He has been in the mental health field for nearly a decade and working in a private practice setting for over 5 years with a strong emphasis in working with couples and families in distress.  Michael incorporates approaches from his training from the Evanston Family Therapy Center, Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Couples Institute.  He is trained in EMDR, a technique which can decrease symptoms and advance the therapeutic process.  



Michael is a Certified Trainer of Mental Health First Aid (Adult)  and also a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator.  


Michael also delivers services in English and Spanish.


Read his blog here.


Michael's specialties include:   

  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Communication Challenges
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Couples in Distress
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depressive and Mood Disorders
  • Discernment Counseling 
  • EMDR / PTSD/ Complex Trauma
  • Gender & Sexual Identity Issues
  • Group Counseling 
  • Infidelity 
  • Intimacy Issues & Sex Therapy
  • LGBTQ Issues 
  • Multiculturalism 
  • Premarital Counseling 
  • Relationship and Marriage Counseling
  • Sexual Identity 


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Michael has also been recipient of Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grants awarded by the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling. The Schultz Foundation facilitates positive change by ensuring that counselors and organizations are equipped to handle the emotional and social needs facing families and individuals across Illinois. 


Conveniently Located in River North - Streeterville

Premarital Assessment

Michael incorporates the Prepare/Enrich Model in premarital, relationship and marriage counseling.  To learn more about this model click here.

Relationship, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, River North Chicago

Christine Badger, Counselor

Cara Brigandi, Counseling Intern

Christine Badger, Counselor

Michele Baldasti, Relationship, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling,

Michele Baldasti, Counselor

Cara Brigandi, Counseling Intern

Christine Badger, Counselor

Relationships, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital, River North Chicago

Cara Brigandi, Counseling Intern

Cara Brigandi, Counseling Intern

Cara Brigandi, Counseling Intern

Specializes in: 

  Adults Coping with Previous Trauma or Abuse

Anxiety & Stress Management 

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Child, Adolescent & Family Therapy

Depression and Anxiety Disorders

 Self-Esteem Development

Stress Management

Trauma/Abuse


Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

Katerina Fager, LCPC

Katerina Fager, LCPC

Katerina Fager, LCPC

Specializes in: 

Anxiety & Stress Management 

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Depression

Discernment Counseling 

Divorce Mediation

Infidelity

Life Stage Adjustment / Transitions

Premarital Counseling

PTSD / Trauma/ Abuse

Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

Briar Gartner, LCSW

Katerina Fager, LCPC

Katerina Fager, LCPC

Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

Linda Lazarra, LCSW

Linda Lazarra, LCSW

Linda Lazarra, LCSW

 Specializes in:

Anxiety and Stress Management

Blended Families

Couples in Distress

Depressive and Mood Disorders

Infidelity 

Interfaith Relationships

Intimacy Issues & Sex Therapy

Premarital Counseling 

Relationship and Marriage Counseling

Relationships, Marriage Counseling, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ, Premarital

Anna Lyman, LCPC

Linda Lazarra, LCSW

Linda Lazarra, LCSW

 Specializes in: 

Anxiety & Depressive Disorders

Life Transitions

Millennials and Emerging adults

Relationship Problems

Self-Esteem Development

Stress Management

Trauma/Abuse