"Simply put, my wife and I would no longer be married if it weren't for Kimberly. She gave us a crucial perspective that let us get out of our own heads and acknowledge the other's issues. It wasn't a matter of taking sides--she never did--but of helping us recognize destructive patterns and giving us "neutral ground," a place we could speak honestly. We had never fallen out of love, but we'd fallen out of the habit of loving each other, had let gripes and frustrations start to poison us.
It's not a magic spell or anything. You have to put in the work. But with her help, we're happier than we've been since the early days of our relationship, and we're not letting it slip away again."
- Married couple recovering from infidelity, former clients
"We probably should have been here in your office at least four years ago. That aside, we are now feeling much relief in that we have a tremendous sense of trust in your guidance and can finally see that we are capable of constructing a much healthier and deeply satisfying marriage."
- Newlywed couple, former clients
"You have taken us from being on the brink of a painful and devastating divorce to being well on our way to enjoying a better life together than we had expected we could ever have."
- Couple married for 19 years, former clients
"Thank you for helping us beat the statistics. We arrived at your office months ago frustrated by the fact that we care deeply for one another and are great friends, yet had allowed our marriage to become lackluster, platonic and absent of passion on many levels. Your expertise and guidance set us on a new path, breathing new life into every aspect of our life and family."
- Couple partnered for 4 years, current clients
"I have discovered that I am not broken. Words fail me in describing what this has done for me and my relationship."
- Individual female, current client
"You should know that our work together has had a profound impact on my life. You've helped me through some very difficult moments and I will always be grateful for that."
- Individual male, former client
Confidentiality is an ethical responsibility of all licensed therapists. Information about our work together is not shared with anyone else without your written consent, with some exceptions, such as a therapist's legal obligation to report child abuse or risk of harm to one's self or others. It is very useful for your therapist to consult with any medical professionals from whom you may be receiving treatment. In this case, communication is able to be established only after you have signed a release of information allowing such collaboration. With regard to your privacy, you must also consider that if you are to use your medical insurance to cover the cost of therapy, it will be required that you are given a diagnosis and certain information about your treatment be shared with your insurance company. Many people opt to pay privately in order to avoid this disclosure of information.
Enliven Couples Therapy is unique in that we are a boutique private practice focused exclusively on providing effective and tailored relationship and sex therapy. We strive to go beyond helping you improve your communication and conflict-resolution as a couple, guiding you in the process of co-creating a vibrant and satisfying partnership that aligns with your needs and values. The owner, Kimberly Sharky, is a Licensed Marital Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist with extensive training and experience and has personally trained her associates in these areas of specialization. Many of our clients seek us out after working previously with therapists who lack the specialized training in the challenging areas of relationship and sex therapy, and find relief in discovering that progress is possible for them afterall.
We are pleased to offer Skype Therapy, Workshops, Teleseminars, and the Enliven Experience (a private 1-3 day couples intensive) in addition to traditional therapy. We welcome you to explore our Services page for more in-depth descriptions of these unique offerings. For ongoing information about upcoming Workshops, Teleseminars, interesting articles, or our most recent blog posts, you can also now follow and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. We also enjoy being a voice of relationship and sexual health in the community, leading us to be featured in such media publications as Details, Modern Bride, Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago, CRAVE Chicago, AOL Health, CBS2Chicago, Conceive and various web-based magazines.
The objective of the first few sessions is for you and your therapist to get to know one another and collaborate in establishing your short- and long-term goals. The sessions will be spent discussing your specific concerns and goals for treatment, as well as your unique personal, relationship, medical, family and social history. After one or two sessions you will have a clear plan for therapy, including goals, necessary medical collaboration, if applicable, and details regarding suggested frequency of sessions. Therapy sessions typically occur on a weekly basis until a significant amount of progress is achieved.
Office hours include daytime, evening, and Saturday hours, so you are sure to find a time that will work well with your specific schedule.