Briarwood Counseling - Preparing for Pregnancy

1220 Iroquois Ave Suite 207
Naperville, Illinois 60563
2539 N. Kedzie Suite 207
Chicago, Illinois 60647

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Services in a nutshell

The goal is always to help you deal with whatever you are dealing with in ways that feel positive and healthy. Since 2010, I have provided clients in the Chicago area a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. I see individuals, couples and families. I have special expertise and experience in trauma; perinatal and postpartum mood disorders; pregnant and parenting couples work; grief/loss; couples therapy (repair, reconnection and conflict resolution) and life transitions.

More about us

Pregnancy and birth can be stressful, requiring hard work as individuals and as a couple.

While I work with a lot of different issues and can support people working through a variety of things, I do have some specialties. These are areas that I have more extensive training and experience in:

  • Trauma (single event and complex/developmental)
  • Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Pregnant and Parenting couples work
  • Grief/Loss (people and pets)
  • Couples – repair, reconnection and conflict resolution
  • Life transitions (career/family/role)

When we are not connecting with our partners, it adds a lot of stress in our lives. I help partners uncover what is not working, what they want out of their relationships and help them build that bridge. In couples therapy, I work with clients to learn to build communication, trust and connection and intimacy. In our sessions, you will deepen your understanding and connection with one another and develop some tools to help heal conflicts or avoid them all together. Whether you are a couple that struggles with connection or are a high conflict couple, sometimes we just need help from someone neutral on the outside. It can help bring you back together.


In individual therapy sessions, I always start with where you are. There are no “shoulds” in therapy. There is just what is and what we hope for. Together, we will identify what exactly isn’t working and I’ll help you build some skills to help move towards feeling better. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s stressors. I can help you look inside yourself and understand your motivations for your behaviors and choices which can help you choose things that are more in line with the life you want. Ultimately, we’ll work to help you feel better.

Our team

Cora Mills, LCSW

Cora Mills, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker.  She is a pyschotherapist who is warm, funny and caring. She strives to make people feel at home when meeting with her.  Clients appreciate her direct, experiential style of helping them uncover patterns and build new ways of doing things.

Cora is trained in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy in addition to her training as a Gottman couples therapist, with a focus on recognizing conflict patterns and reconnecting through building intimacy and trust. Cora is available for couples counseling, but also does work with individuals as well.

Cora is trained in trauma and attachment focused therapies. She helps individuals who feel “stuck” in certain patterns or behaviors understand themselves and shift into a different way of doing things. She believes people all have a basic dignity that is worthy of respect and care.  The work Cora does with clients is helping them find compassion for themselves and remember that they are capable of building the lives they want. 

For those of you who are interested in more specifics, here are some modalities used:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic, Client Centered, Strengths Based, Trauma Focused CBT, Systems Oriented, Gottman, Emotional Focused Therapy, Somatic, Mindfulness. 


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