• Successful Self-Care

    Nancy K. Smith, LCSW, CSAT







  • Learn to take care of yourself on all fronts

    Nancy K. Smith created Successful Self-Care to help people effectively address problems or challenges in their current lives, while at the same time, learning to take better care of their emotional, physical, and relational needs.

  • The Successful Self-Care Approach

    Nancy's approach is a focused, to-the-point process that evaluates your immediate emotional, physical, and relational needs. She then helps you create a specific therapeutic plan to confront and resolve each of the areas that are affecting your well-being.

    It’s a process of healing what hurts in your heart.

    No matter what the problem is that brings you to counseling, it usually causes emotional pain. Nancy always starts with listening carefully to what hurts.

    It’s a helping process that provides a safe place to be open and honest.

    It's not until you are completely understood that Nancy skillfully guides you through the process of developing a specialized treatment plan for each issue.

    It’s an enhancing process that can positively influence how you think, act and feel.

    With compassion and a non-judgmental approach, Nancy helps you change what doesn't work and to enhance what does, which can bring relief and joy.

    It’s a committed process that can lead to new hope and happiness in your self and with others.

    The capacity to change the direction of your life can take time and patience. Nancy is committed to walk with you through this challenging process so that hope can be restored and resolution can be achieved.

    It’s an empowering process that, with time, can change your life.

    Nancy helps you practice new behaviors, thoughts and feelings that can lead to rewarding results; results that can change your life for the rest of your life.

  • About Nancy

    Nancy’s approach to Successful Self-Care benefits from an ongoing commitment to learning. She has received specialized training in several different areas of skilled therapeutic approaches for individuals, couples, and families. Through her involvement in the 12-step recovery process, she has developed and follows the principles of Successful Self-Care in her own life. Her passion and commitment has been to share these principles with others, who have found them to be highly effective in their lives.

    Professional Background

    • B.A.in Psychology, Case Western Reserve University
    • Masters degree in Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work
    • Family Therapy Training, Jewish Family & Community Service
    • Family Therapy Consultant, LaGrange Mental Health Center
    • Co-dependency and Addiction Training, Onsite Workshops
    • Executive Director, Cathedral Counseling Center
    • President of Successful Self-Care, Ltd.
    • Internal Family Systems Therapy Training


    • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    • A Certified EMDR Therapist
    • Certified in Imago Relationship Therapy
    • One of the first 100 sex addiction therapists in the country to be trained and certified by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., pioneer and acclaimed author in the field of sex addiction


  • Services

    Nancy provides a specialized therapeutic treatment plan uniquely designed for each individual, couple, and family with whom she works. In her 30 years of experience, not only has Nancy been trained and certified in EMDR therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy and Sex Addiction therapy, but she also served as a therapist, trainer, consultant, and executive director. In addition to her therapeutic services, she has the know-how to offer assessments, provision of treatment resources, and information on support organizations.

    Successful Self-Care offers counseling for people who struggle with:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Self-esteem issues
    • Codependency
    • Addiction
    • Family (and family of origin) issues
    • Relationship issues
    • Sexual addiction (individuals & partners)
    • Diabetes and other chronic illnesses
    • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
    • EDMR therapy for trauma (especially for post 9/11 veterans)
    • Imago relationship therapy (for couples)
  • Specialties

    Self-Esteem Counseling

    Self esteem counseling can help you see yourself differently and more objectively. With guidance to care for yourself in a new way, you can learn to overcome the pain of past and current challenges.

    Couples Counseling

    Imago Relationship Therapy can help both partners to talk safely about emotionally charged issues. Couples can learn to work through impasses, restore trust, and create a new level of comfort/connection with each other.

    Trauma Counseling

    Nancy helps clients identify and resolve childhood trauma experiences, trauma events from adult life and ongoing PTSD symptoms (eg. war experiences, tragic losses and abuse occurrences).

    Diabetes Coaching

    Learning from her own life experiences as a diabetic, Nancy combines her therapeutic skills with practical insights to help clients emotionally manage their chronic illness as well as to develop better coping tools.

    Sex / Love Addiction Counseling

    Sex addiction can devastate family relationships and destroy the addict's life. Nancy's specialized training helps those affected by this addiction to achieve recovery, reduce shame, improve feelings of self worth and repair and restore relationships with loved ones.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does the Successful Self-Care process take?

    The duration of therapy is determined by many factors (the nature of the problem and the length of time it has existed). For both individuals and couples, the process usually involves 3-6 sessions to explore and discover the roots of the presenting problem. To reverse and resolve the issues takes longer. Many individuals, couples, and families need time and support to fully heal and discover a new, more rewarding quality of life.

    How often are sessions scheduled?

    Sessions are usually scheduled on a weekly basis for 50-90 minutes.

    Where is your office located?

    Sessions can be scheduled in Evanston per the following schedule:


    EVANSTON: Monday - Wednesday

    714 Monroe St.

    Evanston, IL 60202




    What happens if I need to cancel a session?

    If you need to cancel, please call the office 24 hours prior to your appointment.

    Cancellations made within less than 24 hours will be charged at the full session fee.


    How much are session fees and when is payment expected?

    Payment is expected at the time of each session and may be made by cash, check or credit card. Please call the Evanston office for information about current fees.

    Are Successful Self-Care services covered by insurance?

    Successful Self-Care, Ltd. is an out-of-network provider for most insurance plans. Check with your insurance provider to determine the current benefits of your plan.

  • Contact Me

    714 Monroe St.
    Evanston, IL 60202
    Monday - Wednesday
    847-869-4080 : 312-939-3757