Couple sitting on the stairs of their new home after Premarital Counseling
Couple hugging and smiling at each other with children playing in the background at the beach
Woman sitting on couch drinking coffee after Individual Counseling session


                                            Hello, I'd like to help. I'm Julienne Derichs, LCPC. 
                                       With 22 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, 
                                        the focus of my practice is working with individuals and couples 
                                        of all ages, married or not, guiding people towards 
                                        having more connected, loving and caring relationships

How We Approach Couples Counseling:

I view couples counseling as interactive and collaborative. Using a proven research driven approach we focus on getting lasting results. I am involved in the session and will honestly communicate to you what I see, feel and think. My office is a safe space, where problems can be discussed without fear of judgment. Our consultation time is used as a space to try new things, a place where we can explore different styles, interventions and techniques. These can be used to change the destructive patterns in the relationship and create a stronger, more open and meaningful connection.  My years of experience working with couples has shown me that there is an excellent chance that I can not only help you get your relationship back on track, but take you to an even stronger place. One you may not have ever imagined was possible, but was achievable through our couples counseling sessions.

Developing Communication Skills:

Healthy communication is a key ingredient of a successful relationship, and successful couples know how to communicate in a way that can actually improve their relationship. Through couples counseling I will help you to understand the way in which you presently communicate, and then teach you new skills & solutions to improve ways to talk to each other.

Working together as a team, I will guide you to:

Identify negative patterns that are hindering the quality of your relationship & friendship.

Learn how to stop blaming each other so you can work through problems without power struggles.

Recognize the 'cause & effect' patterns in your relationship.

Find healthy ways to communicate and relate to each other, which will strengthen the quality of your partnership.

Get through the difficult phase when 'the business of love' (daily stressors) interferes with romance and connection.

Reconnect to the love and passion of your earlier relationship.

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Julienne Derichs LCPC
Julienne Derichs LCPC

Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling Serving  
Highland Park, Lake Forest, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Julienne B. Derichs LCPC


773-562-3074                    Office in Highwood, IL 60040                 
                                   (between Lake Forest and Highland Park, IL)

Phone 773-562-3074
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Help for You

Pre-Commitment Counseling

Having trouble managing the relationships in your life and the moods you experience on a daily basis? Meet with Julienne to get started on a new path.
For pre-commitment counseling Julienne offers religion neutral and non-religious counseling and relationship education designed specifically for your relationship needs.
Relationship worries? Don't wait until it's too late. Julienne offers couples counseling that is research driven with proven techniques to improve communication and decrease conflict. 
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Couples Counseling

Relationship Troubles? Don't wait until it's Too Late.
In a world of diminishing privacy, there is now more than ever, a great value in knowing that what is said in the counseling session is completely private and confidential.
Completely Private and Confidential
What Brings Couples Into Counseling?

I often hear from couples who are in a bad place...fearful that their relationship is beyond help. Their communications have broken down, trust has been damaged and sex is almost nonexistent. I also frequently see fundamentally strong couples that may be facing a specific crisis and want the aid of a professional counselor.

Partners come into couples counseling or marriage counseling with a diversity of issues to address including communication & conflict resolution, fighting and anger problems, sexual & intimacy issues, identity and role conflict, dependence vs. independence, religion, ethics and values, jealousy, parenting, infidelity, money and finances, addiction, family and in-law struggles, step family issues, gender roles, infertility / adoption, and many more.

Relationships rarely crash overnight. Almost always, the decline of a relationship happens little by little, over time. 

Your relationship may be in trouble if you are experiencing:

Communication breakdown

Diminished sexual desire and activity level

Frequently replaying old arguments and resurrecting old hurts

Resentment and contempt have replaced patience and love

One or both of you are having an affair

     Early Warning Signs

All session are currently offered via online video conferencing called teletherapy, so if you have a telephone or a computer and an Internet connection, teletherapy may be an option for you.
Here are some guidelines to help you get started.