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About Elizabeth

6832 North Avenue, Suite 4B Just west of Oak Park Avenue Phone: 312-815-9607 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.

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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How to get that interview in a highly competitive job market:

Since I just heard that there are 100 applicants for every car-washing job at a local business, I am again reminded how lucky I am to be employed. I love my job. I looked for work for two years before … Continue reading

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Calamity and Chaos

Perhaps there are times when only calamity and chaos create sufficient room to hold the larger doses of hope and love necessary… Continue reading

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HIPAA (Rules for Health Information)

HIPAA sets national standards for the use and protection of your confidential health information. Continue reading

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Faith as a resource

As a pastoral counselor, I am a specialist in helping people connect their faith to their efforts to improve their emotional or psychological wellbeing. Many people have had very bad experiences with religious folks imposing their own beliefs upon them, … Continue reading

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What to expect in your first session…

The introductory session will give you an opportunity to get to know how the therapist works and to share your concerns with them. In my practice, I spend a few minutes up front clarifying the basic expectations of therapy by … Continue reading

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Common questions about using insurance to pay for counseling sessions:

Health insurance may reimburse you or your health care provider for medically necessary treatment for covered, diagnosed conditions that impair your ability to function. Continue reading

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