Counseling Availability & Location
Mondays from 3pm-9pm
5241 N. Ashland Ave (First Free’s main office)
The office is located just south of the church building, marked with a teal awning. Please ring the buzzer for entry.
Schedule An Appointment
To schedule an appointment, call CCCOC at (312) 573–8860, or reach out online at chicagocounseling.org/request-appointment
Note: Make sure to inform CCCOC staff that you would like to receive counseling at the First Free office. All communication regarding scheduling or the need to cancel an appointment is handled through CCCOC at the number listed above.
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago provides exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families from a faith-based perspective. We would love to work with you to find a counselor well-suited to talk with you about your life situation.
Our therapists incorporate cutting edge tools into their work with clients and every client receives individualized care based on their needs and goals. In addition to individual, family, and couples counseling, CCCOC partners with schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations through counseling, seminars, and consultation.CCCOC website>>
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is a counseling session and how often will I meet with a therapist?
Counseling sessions are between 50 and 55 minutes long and the vast majority of clients meet with their therapist once per week. You are not required to meet at the same time/day each week, however many of our clients find it most convenient to arrange consistent sessions with their therapist.
How much does counseling cost?
Our standard fees for a 50 minute counseling session are $180 – $200 for a therapist with a Doctoral degree and $150 for a therapist with a Masters degree. However, counseling sessions are often covered by insurance. Cornerstone is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and AETNA PPO policies. Most other insurance providers offer some out-of-network benefits, though the coverage is usually less than it would be for an in-network provider. For any HMO policy, a client would need to obtain a referral from their Primary Care Physician, and CCCOC is happy to assist with that process. Please note that at this time, Cornerstone does not accept any type of public aid, including Medicare or Medicaid.
What if I don’t have insurance that covers mental health care?
If a client does not have insurance and or demonstrates financial need, he or she may be eligible for our CAPS program. If interested in learning more about our CAPS program, please contact our main office and request for more information. Our CAPS program is based on a sliding fee scale and an application must be completed to be considered for the program.
About the Therapist
Dr. Grace Ahn-Im, PsyD
Primary Areas of Care: Children, Adults, Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety & Identity Concerns
As a therapist, Dr. Grace strives to create a safe and supportive environment in which a collaborative and goal-oriented relationship can develop. Through this safe and supportive relationship Dr. Grace assists people in increasing awareness of themselves and begin the journey of healing, growth, and change.
Dr. Grace is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing life transitions (e.g. immigration, job loss, new parent, etc.), symptoms of depression, anxiety, and identity concerns. Dr. Grace enjoys working with individuals in various life stages and come from different backgrounds. Dr. Grace also enjoys working with couples preparing for marriage.
Dr. Grace utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and evidence based practices in her treatment of clients and considers each client’s unique context and cultural (e.g., race, gender, SES, community, spirituality) background and integrates these constructs in her treatment.
Dr. Grace received her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. She is trained in Prepare and Enrich and has over four years of experience working in community mental health and hospital settings. Dr. Grace has led multiple groups for children, adolescents, and adults with topics including social skills, healthy living, stress management, behavior management, and mindfulness.