About Our Practice

Why Choose Us?

Our team at Searching for Change has realized through our own personal journeys that looking to achieve the fantasy of “normal” is a way of staying in pain. We encourage our clients instead to work towards being their most authentic selves, and to let go of who they think they “should” be. Instead of pathologizing our behaviors and self-protective coping mechanisms, we work to understand and respect their purpose and function while also building on more functional coping skills. Whether you’re suffering through addiction, shame, fear, self-loathing, anger, or self-destructive behaviors: let’s work together to understand the behaviors and grow from places of


Meet Our Team

Our therapists offer individual, group, and couple’s therapy to provide unparalleled therapeutic care. Because we know that exclusive talk therapy isn’t right for everyone, we take a holistic approach to help you throughout treatment. As a means to move towards the next step in your recovery, other complementary modalities such as acupuncture, trauma-based Yoga, and equine therapy may be recommended.

Rachel Rubenstein

Owner, Searching for Change

“Working with addiction and people in recovery forces me to learn, challenge myself, and grow every day. I have found addicts and partners in recovery to be some of the most spiritual and connected people I have had the privilege of meeting.” Rachel is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®) Supervisor, having received certification from Dr. Patrick Carnes International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). She specializes in addiction, trauma and somatic Experiencing. After achieving her Masters in Clinical Social Work, she treated adolescents at a few New York-based inpatient and outpatient programs – offering help to trauma victims who were self-medicating with substances, food and acting out sexually. Rachel trained in the phase-based trauma treatment of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and has successfully treated adolescent trauma survivors, running a trauma and drug addiction program. She later became a trainer in TFCBT. Rachel also embraces and implements The Stair Model for adult trauma victims.

Rachel opened a private practice in Brooklyn in 2006. In 2014 she founded Searching for Change, her Chicago-based practice where she works with adults and adolescents, as well as couples and their partners and families. Rachel also offers professional trainings on addiction, codependence, sexuality and gang violence.

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Victoria Aron

Associate Therapist.

Victoria is a therapist with several years of professional experience treating depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. She is also experienced and certified as an addictions counselor.

Victoria graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2018 with her Masters in Social Work and certification in Substance Use Disorders. She has worked in both the private and public sector and has built a large network of resources for her clients. Victoria has experience treating a diverse population of clients and feels comfortable meeting anyone where they are at. She has an innate ability to connect with the individuals she works with and possesses a strong, empathic nature. It is most important to Victoria that her clients leave the clinical space with a sense of self-love, self-acceptance and skills to achieve the freedom they’ve been searching for.

Victoria has additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, abstinence-based and harm-reduction modalities, trauma, and mindfulness. She sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

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Alexis Waxman


Alexis obtained her Masters in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University in 2015 and became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in 2020. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit where she worked with diverse populations in the community, skilled living facilities, and in-patient settings. Alexis is compassionate and takes pride in being an active listener and engaging her clients in the therapeutic process by meeting them where they are at and helping them guide themselves to where they want to be. She believes that everyone has the ability and strength to bring change to their life. She employs cognitive-behavioral and trauma-informed approaches while working with clients.

Alexis has additional training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and group therapy. Alexis has experience with persons with disabilities, their families, and the aging population. Her focus is on trauma, anxiety, and depression. She works with adults, families, and groups.

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980 N Michigan Avenue Suite 1437

Chicago, IL 60611







1513 Green Leaf Street
Evanston, IL60202





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