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About Elizabeth

Located at AltCare Health Center, 1144 Lake Street, Suite 207 Ph: (708) 848-9900 or Ph: (866) 225-9196 Fax: (708) 848-9902 Email: Elizabeth@ElizabethRitzman.com Elizabeth (Betsy) was trained at Kansas State University (M.S.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in counseling and psychotherapy. She is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling. She practices the art and science of psychotherapy which is a form of listening and reflecting that engages our capacity to heal and transform the conditions and problems that undermine our mental health and wellness. It is useful for individuals, families and couples. It creates a safe space where the story of one’s life can unfold and become open for change.

Marriage is worth saving

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of couples more than articles describing the signs of marital destruction. Unfortunately, the Gottman’s Four Horsemen have been misread this way. Every relationship shows these signs. Every. Single. One. The healthiest, most loving, kindest … Continue reading

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trained

It is exciting to add this new tool, EMDR to my therapy toolkit. I completed the training in EMDR, long known as an evidence based, super efficient approach to managing and resolving trauma, traumatic memories and incidents. I’m excited at … Continue reading

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Why do we fight when we say goodbye?

Do you notice conflict popping up when you are approaching a leave taking? The end of vacation? Check out this interesting article from Mindful.com from a psychologist about her approach to goodbye in her romantic relationship.

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Questions about Insurance

Common questions about using insurance to pay for counseling: Will my health insurance pay for counseling? Although most providers require you to take ultimate responsibility for paying your bill, health insurance may reimburse you or your healthcare provider for medically … Continue reading

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Can We Change?

I have recently listened to a wonderful podcast interview of Dr. Allen Schore , UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He was interviewed by Dr. Drew about the dramatic changes to the field of brain health, psychotherapy and human … Continue reading

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New Privacy Practices in place as of September 23, 2013

Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities. This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. Your Rights You have the right to: Get … Continue reading

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HIPAA (Rules for Health Information Privacy) September 2011

HIPAA: Rules about the use and protection of your private health information: At your first visit you will be required to sign a statement that you have received information about your rights under HIPAA. This is now a routine practice … Continue reading

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Using Insurance for Counseling

Common questions about using insurance to pay for counseling; Will my health insurance pay for counseling? Although most providers require you to take ultimate responsibility for paying your bill, health insurance may reimburse you or your healthcare provider for medically … Continue reading

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Ritzman, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Elizabeth (Betsy) was trained at Kansas State University (M.S.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in counseling and psychotherapy. She is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She … Continue reading

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The Discipline of 100 Breaths

Go ahead. Try it. It really only takes 100 breaths to change your mental state. Believe me, I am not the best role model for meditation, relaxation or contemplation. Being busy doing what I love is as satisfying as it … Continue reading

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