Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
"I pride myself on meeting my clients where they are, and working collaboratively with each of my clients and couples. We all at times go through periods when processing, whether towards change or healing, becomes necessary. I hope to make that process a bit more comfortable, so that you are not alone, and also to help you move through your journey with integrity and intention. Many of my clients report feeling it to be easier to approach difficult topics due to us having a friendly relationship as a foundation. I believe that foundation is in part created due to our efforts in seeing and validating their own internal strengths."
Compassion Focused
(224) 261-7610
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
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Compassion Focused
"I pride myself on meeting my clients where they are, and working collaboratively with each of my clients and couples. We all at times go through periods when processing, whether towards change or healing, becomes necessary. I hope to make that process a bit more comfortable, so that you are not alone, and also to help you move through your journey with integrity and intention. Many of my clients report feeling it to be easier to approach difficult topics due to us having a friendly relationship as a foundation. I believe that foundation is in part created due to our efforts in seeing and validating their own internal strengths."
Saraa D. Lee, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60605
"You once dreamed of having it all...but now you just work endless hours that leave you feeling burned out. You wonder how some people can make their super productive, picture “perfect” lives look so easy, while you feel like you are barely holding it together. Maybe you are feeling frustrated, anxious or wondering when your real life will finally begin."
Compassion Focused
(213) 572-6647
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60605
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Compassion Focused
"You once dreamed of having it all...but now you just work endless hours that leave you feeling burned out. You wonder how some people can make their super productive, picture “perfect” lives look so easy, while you feel like you are barely holding it together. Maybe you are feeling frustrated, anxious or wondering when your real life will finally begin."
Kathleen M Pendergast, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
" My goal is to provide each client with an emotionally safe environment where they feel comfortable exploring even the biggest challenges, whether it is how to manage overwhelming emotions such as anxiety or depression, rebuild a more honest sense of identity, learn to recognize and fight unhealthy or toxic patterns in life & relationships, confront past trauma or abuse, or other flavors of struggle. Many of my clients battle mood disorders, daunting life transitions, relationship issues, as well as cultural issues, LGBTQ integration struggles, grief/loss, trauma, & body image discomfort/disordered eating. "
Compassion Focused
(773) 717-5538
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Compassion Focused
" My goal is to provide each client with an emotionally safe environment where they feel comfortable exploring even the biggest challenges, whether it is how to manage overwhelming emotions such as anxiety or depression, rebuild a more honest sense of identity, learn to recognize and fight unhealthy or toxic patterns in life & relationships, confront past trauma or abuse, or other flavors of struggle. Many of my clients battle mood disorders, daunting life transitions, relationship issues, as well as cultural issues, LGBTQ integration struggles, grief/loss, trauma, & body image discomfort/disordered eating. "
Ashley Plantz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, MSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"Ashley received both her Masters of Social Work and Bachelors of Science in Psychology degrees at Loyola University Chicago. "
Compassion Focused
(872) 666-9961
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Compassion Focused
"Ashley received both her Masters of Social Work and Bachelors of Science in Psychology degrees at Loyola University Chicago. "
Laurel Meng, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, AM
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"You want to feel securely connected to others in your life. You want to feel empowered to navigate through life’s obstacles, with someone reliably in your corner. You want to trust in your own value and heal from being hurt. You deserve to feel seen and heard for all that you bring to this world and accepted for the myriad of identities that you inhabit."
Compassion Focused
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Compassion Focused
"You want to feel securely connected to others in your life. You want to feel empowered to navigate through life’s obstacles, with someone reliably in your corner. You want to trust in your own value and heal from being hurt. You deserve to feel seen and heard for all that you bring to this world and accepted for the myriad of identities that you inhabit."
Lisa Mala LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"Psychotherapy is an opportunity to help achieve transformation within ourselves. While it may be difficult to find the right therapist to work with at first, I find my warm, empathetic, friendly, straight-forward approach helps my clients work through issues to find peace and purpose within their lives, as we work collaboratively to find the right therapeutic approach that works for you. I particularly enjoy couples work, and I have expertise working with perinatal mood disordered clients, infertility challenges, basically all phases of pregnancy, including pre and post, for which I have completed certification training."
Compassion Focused
(773) 830-3414
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Compassion Focused
"Psychotherapy is an opportunity to help achieve transformation within ourselves. While it may be difficult to find the right therapist to work with at first, I find my warm, empathetic, friendly, straight-forward approach helps my clients work through issues to find peace and purpose within their lives, as we work collaboratively to find the right therapeutic approach that works for you. I particularly enjoy couples work, and I have expertise working with perinatal mood disordered clients, infertility challenges, basically all phases of pregnancy, including pre and post, for which I have completed certification training."
Emmy Johnson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC, RYT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60622
""Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do." ~Brene Brown~ Have you found life hasn't turned out the way you expected? Sometimes that can be a wonderful thing, and other times that reality can be frustrating to accept or work through. I believe those frustrations, when left unaddressed, can and often do lead to feelings of depression and/or anxiety, and can also put a strain on relationships. I believe therapy should be a safe space to give voice to those frustrations and an opportunity for healing."
Compassion Focused
(309) 727-4030
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Compassion Focused
""Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we'll ever do." ~Brene Brown~ Have you found life hasn't turned out the way you expected? Sometimes that can be a wonderful thing, and other times that reality can be frustrating to accept or work through. I believe those frustrations, when left unaddressed, can and often do lead to feelings of depression and/or anxiety, and can also put a strain on relationships. I believe therapy should be a safe space to give voice to those frustrations and an opportunity for healing."
Joel Thomas Meyer, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"It may be difficult to describe an ideal client. Clients may experience distresses currently, as well as possibly from the past. So, all persons who live with distress and are interested in resolving their troubles, learning more about themselves, finding solutions that work for them, and learning how to feel good are ideal. Among the issues in which I specialize are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, issues related to identity and self-value/worth, and issues related to relationships."
Compassion Focused
(773) 466-2311
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Compassion Focused
"It may be difficult to describe an ideal client. Clients may experience distresses currently, as well as possibly from the past. So, all persons who live with distress and are interested in resolving their troubles, learning more about themselves, finding solutions that work for them, and learning how to feel good are ideal. Among the issues in which I specialize are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, issues related to identity and self-value/worth, and issues related to relationships."
Ben Tudor, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, ALMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60603
"No one experiences life in a vacuum. This is why I am so passionate about incorporating all of the various relationships, experiences, and cultural dimensions that make you who you are, into our work together. My job is to learn about each individual, partner, or family member, to understand their challenges and help them find strength and motivation towards change. Whether I am working with couples, families, or individuals, it is important for our work to consider the multiple larger systems that impact your life. Just as the networks we are a part of inevitably affect us, we too send ripples out to others. "
Compassion Focused
(773) 839-3303
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60603
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Compassion Focused
"No one experiences life in a vacuum. This is why I am so passionate about incorporating all of the various relationships, experiences, and cultural dimensions that make you who you are, into our work together. My job is to learn about each individual, partner, or family member, to understand their challenges and help them find strength and motivation towards change. Whether I am working with couples, families, or individuals, it is important for our work to consider the multiple larger systems that impact your life. Just as the networks we are a part of inevitably affect us, we too send ripples out to others. "
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Compassion Focused
(773) 831-4176
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60604
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Compassion Focused
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"I believe in striving to meet clients wherever they are along their journey and working together to create a treatment plan that utilizes a holistic therapeutic approach. Together, we will tailor your care to meet your specific needs and address your concerns. My background in trauma-focused therapy allows me to take proven techniques from this branch of therapy and apply them across the board to each client’s unique needs, whether trauma related or not."
Compassion Focused
(872) 252-7906
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Compassion Focused
"I believe in striving to meet clients wherever they are along their journey and working together to create a treatment plan that utilizes a holistic therapeutic approach. Together, we will tailor your care to meet your specific needs and address your concerns. My background in trauma-focused therapy allows me to take proven techniques from this branch of therapy and apply them across the board to each client’s unique needs, whether trauma related or not."
Solveig Roverud, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"I’m glad you came upon my profile in your search for a skilled and effective therapist. I have extensive experience working with people who are facing stressful life events that lead to depression, anxiety, and a general feeling of sadness or being stuck. I use a comprehensive approach while focusing on all aspects of your life to help you cope as you are experiencing challenges related to infertility, grief and loss, pregnancy, newborn parenting adjustment, parenting children and teens with special needs, adjusting to medical complexity, job stress including classroom and first responder trauma, life transition and general anxiety and depression. "
Compassion Focused
(773) 671-5727
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Compassion Focused
"I’m glad you came upon my profile in your search for a skilled and effective therapist. I have extensive experience working with people who are facing stressful life events that lead to depression, anxiety, and a general feeling of sadness or being stuck. I use a comprehensive approach while focusing on all aspects of your life to help you cope as you are experiencing challenges related to infertility, grief and loss, pregnancy, newborn parenting adjustment, parenting children and teens with special needs, adjusting to medical complexity, job stress including classroom and first responder trauma, life transition and general anxiety and depression. "
Lara Liesma Wolff, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"You feel disconnected from others – or worse, yourself. You’re overwhelmed and crave calmness, connection. You may feel stuck and desire change but don’t know how to make a move. You’re not sure how to manage what you’re feeling or thinking, and it’s too much to carry on your own. You find it difficult to connect to the world around you. You carry shame and/or self-doubt. Maybe you don’t feel you fit in or are having difficulty finding your voice, your community, or your life’s work. Perhaps you’re curious about your creativity or spirituality and are seeking ways to integrate these aspects into your daily life. "
Compassion Focused
(872) 266-1272
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Compassion Focused
"You feel disconnected from others – or worse, yourself. You’re overwhelmed and crave calmness, connection. You may feel stuck and desire change but don’t know how to make a move. You’re not sure how to manage what you’re feeling or thinking, and it’s too much to carry on your own. You find it difficult to connect to the world around you. You carry shame and/or self-doubt. Maybe you don’t feel you fit in or are having difficulty finding your voice, your community, or your life’s work. Perhaps you’re curious about your creativity or spirituality and are seeking ways to integrate these aspects into your daily life. "
Gracie Bates-Davis, Counselor
Counselor, MDiv, MA, MA, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60604
"Do you lack balance in your life? Do you live for the weekend, but the days feel too short? The demands of balancing a career, having time to devote to your relationships, seeking time for friends, family, and children can take a toll. Are life's pressures overwhelming and draining? Are you seeking direction in your life? Helpers-Police Officers, EMT, Nurses, Teachers, Pastors, and Mental Health Workers, where do you get your help? Often first and second responders are expected to be immune to what you witness and encounter while helping others."
Compassion Focused
(312) 809-6984
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60604
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Compassion Focused
"Do you lack balance in your life? Do you live for the weekend, but the days feel too short? The demands of balancing a career, having time to devote to your relationships, seeking time for friends, family, and children can take a toll. Are life's pressures overwhelming and draining? Are you seeking direction in your life? Helpers-Police Officers, EMT, Nurses, Teachers, Pastors, and Mental Health Workers, where do you get your help? Often first and second responders are expected to be immune to what you witness and encounter while helping others."
Fuller Counseling Group, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Fuller Counseling was founded with the mission of creating a space that is comfortable, warm, compassionate, and free of judgment. We aim to work with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples and families to challenge negative beliefs, patterns, maladaptive coping skills, along with other difficult cycles that may have appeared throughout the course of life. We work with clients to create goals and treatment plans that will lead to healthier ways of living and utilize productive coping mechanisms. We empower our clients to make changes and gain insight that will stop old patterns and increase self-awareness and confidence."
Compassion Focused
(773) 242-9523
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Compassion Focused
"Fuller Counseling was founded with the mission of creating a space that is comfortable, warm, compassionate, and free of judgment. We aim to work with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples and families to challenge negative beliefs, patterns, maladaptive coping skills, along with other difficult cycles that may have appeared throughout the course of life. We work with clients to create goals and treatment plans that will lead to healthier ways of living and utilize productive coping mechanisms. We empower our clients to make changes and gain insight that will stop old patterns and increase self-awareness and confidence."
Head/Heart Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
"Head/Heart Therapy provides a foundation of serenity, understanding and balance for people struggling with various challenges in life. Our therapists offer a unique set of skills to provide integrative, holistic care in a healing environment. Head/Heart Therapy is a group therapy practice specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents struggling with shame, addiction, mood/anxiety disorders, and many other difficulties of life. We aim to increase our clients' capacity for self-compassion, empowerment and efficacy by helping diminish unnecessary suffering. We seek to develop authentic, caring connections with clients through empathy, kindness, patience and hope."
Compassion Focused
(773) 796-4758 x4
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
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Compassion Focused
"Head/Heart Therapy provides a foundation of serenity, understanding and balance for people struggling with various challenges in life. Our therapists offer a unique set of skills to provide integrative, holistic care in a healing environment. Head/Heart Therapy is a group therapy practice specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents struggling with shame, addiction, mood/anxiety disorders, and many other difficulties of life. We aim to increase our clients' capacity for self-compassion, empowerment and efficacy by helping diminish unnecessary suffering. We seek to develop authentic, caring connections with clients through empathy, kindness, patience and hope."
Nick Riehlmann, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60614
"Have you been considering a change in your life, but don't know where to start? Do you feel like there are some unresolved issues that are holding you back from having the life you truly want to live? I approach the therapeutic process through a compassionate and collaborative framework, allowing for my clients to hold on to and further develop their innate dignity, self-worth, and self-determinism while simultaneously walking with them through their internal process of change."
Compassion Focused
(312) 766-6815
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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Compassion Focused
"Have you been considering a change in your life, but don't know where to start? Do you feel like there are some unresolved issues that are holding you back from having the life you truly want to live? I approach the therapeutic process through a compassionate and collaborative framework, allowing for my clients to hold on to and further develop their innate dignity, self-worth, and self-determinism while simultaneously walking with them through their internal process of change."
Joanna Gould
MSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60614
"Starting therapy can be intimidating but you are not alone. I aim to create an environment that allows for my clients to feel safe and supported in their efforts to better themselves. I believe that self-compassion is of utmost importance and I aim to help my clients recognize their strengths as well as identify their personal struggles and pains. I believe that the most growth occurs when we understand all components of ourselves. I aim to help clients leave each session feeling more empowered than when they entered."
Compassion Focused
(872) 231-3246
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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Compassion Focused
"Starting therapy can be intimidating but you are not alone. I aim to create an environment that allows for my clients to feel safe and supported in their efforts to better themselves. I believe that self-compassion is of utmost importance and I aim to help my clients recognize their strengths as well as identify their personal struggles and pains. I believe that the most growth occurs when we understand all components of ourselves. I aim to help clients leave each session feeling more empowered than when they entered."
Perennial Counseling Collective, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"Repeated patterns, behaviors, and feelings show up in our lives and can get in the way of growth, healing, and positive relationships. As your therapist, I will help you connect the dots in your life story to reveal what may be keeping you ‘stuck’. I have seen how transformative it is when someone gains a bird’s-eye view of their life, and I consider it a privilege to play an active role in this process with you."
Compassion Focused
(872) 219-0889
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Compassion Focused
"Repeated patterns, behaviors, and feelings show up in our lives and can get in the way of growth, healing, and positive relationships. As your therapist, I will help you connect the dots in your life story to reveal what may be keeping you ‘stuck’. I have seen how transformative it is when someone gains a bird’s-eye view of their life, and I consider it a privilege to play an active role in this process with you."
Tracy Durkan, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60654
"I believe as humans we do not have to be defined by our struggles and we are capable of change. I have experience assisting individuals struggling with anxiety, grief, eating disorders, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, work stress, academic stress, perfectionism, and chronic illness in reclaiming their lives. I am also passionate about working with those who have experienced brain injury and their loved ones. The emotional impact of brain injury on individuals and families does not have to be invisible. I offer the space to grieve, process, and work to build a path forward. "
Compassion Focused
(872) 213-7855
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Compassion Focused
"I believe as humans we do not have to be defined by our struggles and we are capable of change. I have experience assisting individuals struggling with anxiety, grief, eating disorders, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, work stress, academic stress, perfectionism, and chronic illness in reclaiming their lives. I am also passionate about working with those who have experienced brain injury and their loved ones. The emotional impact of brain injury on individuals and families does not have to be invisible. I offer the space to grieve, process, and work to build a path forward. "

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