Inner Focus

Mental Health Services for Those Coping with Vision Loss

The Support We Offer

Individual Mental Health Counseling
  • In person or by phone
  • Assistance for family and caregivers

Career Counseling and Coaching

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Resume Writing, LinkedIn Profiles
  • Interview Coaching
  • Advisement on advocating rights through the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Group Counseling and Consulting

  • Support Group Facilitation
  • Job Clubs
  • Presentations, Seminars and Webinars

Inner Focus LLC is a vendor of the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (Bureau of Blind Services)

Counseling Puts Vision Loss into Perspective

When life throws an unexpected curve, such as a diagnosis of permanent vision loss, common reactions to the adjustment are often difficult to understand. Moods can change on a dime, thoughts at times can seem irrational, nerves jangled. These reactions are natural yet can be overwhelming and tough to manage sometimes. For some, this adjustment can have an adverse effect on relationships, job performance, or motivation to carry out a daily routine. It often helps to process these experiences with someone, especially a professional, who will genuinely listen and validate what's going on.

Counseling will certainly not bring vision loss back, but the process introduces more effective strategies for coping, combatting challenges and handling personal interactions. Removing mental roadblocks often serve as a catalyst for moving forward and regaining a positive perspective for a more healthy adjustment.

To incorporate counseling services from Inner Focus as part of your adjustment plan or of that of a client or loved one, contact us at 708-714-2958 or

About Our Counselor

Lauri Dishman is a licensed clinical professional counselor with over ten years experience providing mental health support to hundreds of adults traversing the journey of vision loss adjustment. For over a decade, Lauri served as Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense (formerly Guild for the Blind) in Chicago where she developed and managed the Counseling Center.

Lauri earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunication (Broadcasting) from the University of Florida. Ms. Dishman is also very active with the Illinois Career Development Association (Past President) and the Illinois Counseling Association (Secretary).

Lauri can be found on LinkedIn

Convenient Access to Services

Inner Focus is located at 137 N Oak Park Ave, Suite 400 in downtown Oak Park, IL and is very accessible for those who rely on public transportation. We are located one bloc north of the Oak Park green line El stop on the SW corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue.

For those who are unable to travel independently to our physical location, counseling can be conducted over the phone.


Services are offered on a fee-for-service basis based on a sliding scale. I am not able to accept payment through Medicare or health insurance at this time.

Illinois DRS Vendor

The cost of service can be covered if you have a case open with the Department of Rehabilitation Services/Bureau of Blind Services (DRS/BBS). It will be necessary to talk to your counselor about referring you for services at Inner Focus. If approved, your counselor would then send here a voucher and CRP form for services to be received. They can email it to or mailed to 326 N Elmwood Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. Once these forms are received, we can conduct an initial consultation and determine with your counselor needs for subsequent sessions.

Enrollment Form

Please complete this form prior to first session. Thank you!

Informed Consent


LED Career

Oak Park, IL




Inner Focus LLC has been and will always be totally committed to maintaining our clients' confidentiality. We will only release healthcare information about you in accordance with federal and state laws and ethics of the counseling profession.

Lauri Dishman, M.A., LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor (IL license 180006169). She earned a Master's degree in Counseling and Organization Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (now Adler University) in 2003.

This notice describes our policies related to the use and disclosure of your healthcare information.

Uses and disclosures of your health information for the purposes of providing services. Providing treatment services, collecting payment and conducting healthcare operations are necessary activities for quality care.

State and federal laws allows us to use and disclose your health information for these purposes.

TREATMENT We may need to use or disclose health information about you to provide, manage or coordinate your care or related services, which could include consultants, other health practitioners and potential referral sources.

PAYMENT Inner Focus/LED Career operates on a fee-for service basis. Payment is expected at each session unless otherwise arranged. Checks, cash and major credit cards are accepted. Inner Focus LLC is also a vendor of the state of Illinois Department of Human Services. Fees can be covered by DHS if a referral and CRP form is provided. Although Inner Focus does not accept health insurance at this time, if this changes, information needed to verify insurance coverage and/or benefits with your insurance carrier, to process your claims as well as information needed for billing and collection purposes will need to be disclosed. We may bill the person in your family who pays for your insurance.

HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS We may need to use information about you to review our treatment procedures and business activity. Information maybe used for certification, compliance and licensing activities.


CONSENT: There are some instances where we may be required to use and disclose information without your consent. For example, but not limited to: Information you and/or your child or children report about physical or sexual abuse: then by Illinois State Law, we are obligated to report this to the Department of Children and Family Services. If you provide information that informs us that you are in danger of harming yourself or others. Information to remind you of /or to reschedule appointments or treatment alternatives. Information shared with law enforcement if a crime is committed on our premises or against our staff or as required by law such as a subpoena or court order.

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