Alternatives’ Individual, Family, and Group Counseling services reach hundreds of youth and families each year. Our trained and licensed therapists and case managers work with young people and their families to build resilience, improve family functioning, and overcome challenges.

“Thanks to my therapist at Alternatives, I learned to stand up for myself and focus on the things that really matter.”

Alternatives’ therapists use a strength-based approach, which encourages youth to identify and build on their positive attributes. We ensure that youth receive the support they need to constructively address the challenges they face.

We have trained behavioral health therapists offering individual and group counseling services at 11 different schools throughout the north and south side of the city. Our schools include Andrew Carnegie, Alcott, Mollison, Tilden, Gary Comer College Prep, North Side College Prep, Lakeview, Sullivan, Roosevelt, Senn and Uplift High School. Services at Roosevelt, Senn and Uplift are provided in partnership with Heartland Health Centers within their school based health centers where students can access medical care.

In addition to our school based counseling services, our behavioral health team provides individual and group counseling services to residential youth centers at Lawrence Hall, UCAN and Ignite-Belfort House and our Uptown Youth Center at 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.