Many of us have felt extreme sadness at some point in our lives.  But, when the sadness becomes prolonged and interferes with our ability to function effectively and be present, it becomes depression.  And, this extreme sadness can show itself in various ways, such as low energy, loss of interest, irritability, isolation, hopelessness, distraction, and guilt.  However, depression is treatable, and with therapy, we can help you lift the cloud over your head.


Relationships come in many different forms, such as the ones we have with our significant others, parents, siblings, children, business partners, co-workers, staff, and friends.  At times, we may feel unheard, minimized, confused, angry, hurt, and frustrated.  Learning to hear each other differently, and communicate more effectively takes patience, and we can help guide you through the process of being able to listen more closely, and communicate more successfully.

Life Transitions

Our lives are ever changing, even when we don’t expect the change to happen.  Some changes occur naturally, such as graduating from high school or college, starting a new job, starting a new relationship, and having a family.  And while these changes are welcomed, they aren’t without their challenges.  Sometimes, we’re just not prepared even though we thought we were.  And, sometimes, these welcomed changes don’t go the way we had hoped.  We can help you navigate through various challenges so you are better equipped to face them.

Health Concerns

Our physical health and wellness is important to the way we live our everyday lives, and compromise to our health can be daunting and frightening. Receiving a new diagnosis of a chronic, debilitating or terminal illness such as Diabetes, End-stage renal disease, Cancer, HIV, Neurological disorder/autoimmune disorder, stroke, or heart disease can be life-altering experience. This can apply to a loved one receiving a new diagnosis, too, and how to cope with those emotions, while trying to be a support system.

It can be difficult for individuals with chronic medical conditions to adjust to their diagnosis, manage treatment regimens, and open up to family and friends about their situation – all while trying to make sense of the wide range of emotions they are experiencing. We are here to support you through your journey, and can help you navigate these changes, process emotions, and develop coping skills, thus allowing you to communicate better and live a healthier, happier life.


Sometimes, we get so nervous about something, that anxiety soon presents itself.  Anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing as it can be protective to alert us when we are facing danger – fight or flight, either way, we’ve been alerted.  And now we can act.  However, sometime, anxiety can be paralyzing, and can take on different forms, such as insomnia, being fidgety, tension, nausea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.  Anxiety is treatable, we can help offer support and a better understanding of what is causing your anxiety, in order to learn how to best help you manage it.


Trauma comes in many forms – emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical – and elicits both a biological and psychological response. With the use of the mind-body connection, we can explore how your emotional and physical health impact each other, in order to help you understand and process your trauma. This includes learning how to manage sudden or intense emotions as they arise and responding to stressful or undesirable situations in a healthy way.

Grief and Loss

The overwhelming feeling of sadness with a loss comes in various forms.  Whether you’ve ended employment/retired, wanted an opportunity, moved to a new city, or experienced the end of a relationship or death of family member or friend.  Experiencing an unanticipated traumatic loss of a loved one is very difficult.  It floods you with emotions and memories that are difficult to cope with; together, we can approach your grief process and assist you with coming to terms with the pain, work through shock and anger, and accept a new reality.  Adjustment can take time and with therapy, we can help you find the peace you seek for yourself.


Our therapists are exceptionally experienced in sensitivity to LGBTQ+ clients.  We are inclusive and affirming, providing a safe environment to explore issues related to gender and sexuality.  With an understanding of global issues affecting the community, we can appreciate how each person’s experience is unique.  It may be a part of your life you have already identified and feel comfortable with but find relevant in many situations.  Or, you may be struggling to understand how you identify, and want to explore some ideas with someone you can trust.  We can support you wherever you are in your journey.

Social Exclusion

Feeling like an outsider can come in many forms.  Whether you are part of a marginalized group in society, or you have a general feeling of not fitting in with others, we can support you.  We understand that some of the societal components of social exclusion cannot be changed, but we want to be sympathetic to your journey and what you have been through.  We will take your lead in exploring what that means to you, and help guide you to a place where you feel comfortable.

Individual Therapy

During the first meeting, we begin by gathering background information regarding your reason for referral, family history, and relationship history.  While some information gathered may not be relevant to your reasons for seeking treatment, a complete history will help us get to know you better, and possibly help us discover patterns that could be impacting your current struggles.  Together, we will collaborate on a plan for treatment, and goals to obtain.

If we will be working with your child, the first meeting will be with the parent(s) or caretaker to gather background information, and give you a place to share information you might not want to share with your child present.  The following sessions will be with your child, but we encourage parents and caretakers to remain in contact with us to share information and progress updates.

Couples Therapy & Family Therapy

For couples, the first meeting is with both partners to learn about the current struggles, and goals of therapy.  Your therapist then meets with each person separately over the next two sessions to get to know each of you by gathering family history, and relationship history.  Afterwards, your therapist will resume meeting with both partners to continue with the couples work.

With couples and families, Dr. Kathuria implements Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  This is a collaborative approach, where Dr. Kathuria’s role is that of a consultant, helping partners/families create secure emotional connections with one another.

Dr. Powelson’s work with families focuses on increasing positive communication, and helping parents navigate through different parenting styles to find what works effectively for their families.

Video & Phone Sessions

Heavy snow falls in Chicago winters, ever changing after work or school schedules, or even changing travel schedules for work don’t always allow for in person meetings, but we can use technology to help stay connected. We are able to meet with individuals by video or phone for those who might not be able to meet in person. While this flexibility is a great benefit, please note there are some limitations to “Teletherapy” which we can discuss in order to determine if this mode of therapy works for you.

Young Professionals

As a young professional, there are new challenges to navigate, such as balancing a new career, dating, and living in a big, new city.  The pressure to manage all of these, and manage them well, can be overwhelming.  Wasn’t it easier (though more annoying) to be told what to do next?  The therapists at Encircle can help you explore what resonates with you, thus helping you make decisions that work best for you.  It may not look like what you thought it would look like, but it may be even better.


Chicago’s Downtown neighborhoods, such as West Loop, River North and Fulton Market, have seen an influx of young adults, and Encircle has given them a safe place to explore, learn, and work toward change in order to be a more effective team member, better run successful businesses, parent with confidence, and feel fulfilled in their personal and professional lives.   We work primarily with young adults who live and/or work in the Chicago area.   Many come from the neighborhood, but others travel from surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs.  Sometimes it can be helpful to meet with someone who is unbiased, and can help guide you to solutions that meet your needs.


We’ve all been there: being a teenager is hard.  Even the teens who did not have struggles in their lives had a tough time navigating this stage.  Expectations of obtaining good grades, making sure you are involved in extracurricular activities “because it will look good on your college application”.  By the way, you’re going to a good college and need to get a job to help pay for your tuition.  And, don’t do drugs or get pregnant, or get anyone pregnant.  All the while trying to find your independence, what you connect with, and with whom do you connect.  Our parents didn’t have to deal with all of this because they are from a different generation, so how can they possibly understand?  Oh, and let’s not forget about dating.  Forget about it – this is hard stuff.  The therapists at Encircle love working with teenagers, and feel we are particularly able to connect with them and build a trusting relationship.  It’s not uncommon to have a rocky start with a new therapist, mostly because our teens come to us from concerned parents who require their children to come see us.  However, we are proud and honored to build and continue our relationships with our teens long after they have moved on in their lives.  And, we welcome the opportunity to work with your teen.

Start-Up Community

Entrepreneurs face a lot of stress to get a business up and running, and face pressures to which others cannot relate: bringing your idea to life, finding a budget, convincing investors, managing a staff, all while maintaining a personal life.   Being an entrepreneur and starting your own company is an exciting adventure, but can be overwhelming when things don’t always go according to plan, or take off faster than you had anticipated.  Coupled with having to manage a team with different personalities, and you’ve suddenly found yourself having to manage areas that are now distracting you from being an effective leader.  We can help you manage these different aspects so you can focus on running a successful company.


The therapists at Encircle are available to come to your office or school to do presentations on various topics.  We can tailor the talks to your audience based on your preferred areas of interests.  Please contact us so we can hear more about what you are looking for, and we can share more with you about this service.


Our practice welcomes diverse individuals from different races, gender, sexual orientations, disabilities, socioeconomic status, religions, cultures, and spiritualty.

Meaningful therapy from every device

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