Relationship and Marriage Counseling In Chicago

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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 trainings from the Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Couples Institute.  He is also trained in EMDR, a technique which can decrease symptoms and advance the therapeutic process.  Additionally, 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 


Accepted Insurance:

  • BlueCross BlueShield - BlueChoice PPO
  • BlueCross BlueShield - Preferred PPO
  • BlueCross BlueShield - Blue Options/BlueChoice Options
  • BlueCross BlueShield - Participating Provider Organization
  • Several Other Employee Assistance Programs

Premarital Assessment

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

Conveniently Located in River North - Streeterville