Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60601
"When everyday life is hard to manage or understand, it helps to talk with someone caring who asks the right questions. You want to feel in charge of your own life and able to set and reach goals that are meaningful to you. You'll leave therapy knowing more about getting what you want in life, and feeling more confident in your choices."
Gay
(773) 985-7034
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
"When everyday life is hard to manage or understand, it helps to talk with someone caring who asks the right questions. You want to feel in charge of your own life and able to set and reach goals that are meaningful to you. You'll leave therapy knowing more about getting what you want in life, and feeling more confident in your choices."
Jeff Zacharias, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ACSW, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60625
"There are numerous reasons why an individual makes a decision to seek therapy. From my perspective, the key factor in being able to examine your individual reasons is based upon the relationship between yourself and your therapist. I offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment in order to explore your individual needs with a commitment to placing the highest priority on your care. We will work collaboratively to identify and address your concerns in order to foster meaningful change in your life. My clinical experience has included working not only with individuals but couples, families and groups."
Gay
(773) 295-7727
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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Gay
"There are numerous reasons why an individual makes a decision to seek therapy. From my perspective, the key factor in being able to examine your individual reasons is based upon the relationship between yourself and your therapist. I offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment in order to explore your individual needs with a commitment to placing the highest priority on your care. We will work collaboratively to identify and address your concerns in order to foster meaningful change in your life. My clinical experience has included working not only with individuals but couples, families and groups."
Kyle Shiver, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60601
"I work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, attachment disruptions, and relational challenges -- as well as with couples experiencing both perpetual and solvable problems."
Gay
(872) 204-1788
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
"I work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, attachment disruptions, and relational challenges -- as well as with couples experiencing both perpetual and solvable problems."
Blake Hamilton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"As a psychotherapist, I recognize that each course of treatment is subjective and unique. I work closely with each client in determining his or her treatment goals and respect each individuals right to self determination. Enhanced self esteem, improved coping skills, and a more confident decision making process are the foundation for a more joyful, less conflicted life. Together we will work to achieve these results."
Gay
(312) 380-0553
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
"As a psychotherapist, I recognize that each course of treatment is subjective and unique. I work closely with each client in determining his or her treatment goals and respect each individuals right to self determination. Enhanced self esteem, improved coping skills, and a more confident decision making process are the foundation for a more joyful, less conflicted life. Together we will work to achieve these results."
Colin Ennis, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60602
"Satisfaction and mental health is directly tied to the quality of our connections with others. Therapy helps by providing you space to work on problems productively in a relationship that is authentic, supportive, and attuned to you. I believe the goal of therapy is two-fold: to find relief from your most pressing problems while also starting a process of self-knowledge and empowerment to help you solve problems and create change long after therapy has ended. The majority of my work is with the LGBTQ+ communities with all manner of concerns but I have extensive work with people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds."
Gay
(773) 454-1150
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Gay
"Satisfaction and mental health is directly tied to the quality of our connections with others. Therapy helps by providing you space to work on problems productively in a relationship that is authentic, supportive, and attuned to you. I believe the goal of therapy is two-fold: to find relief from your most pressing problems while also starting a process of self-knowledge and empowerment to help you solve problems and create change long after therapy has ended. The majority of my work is with the LGBTQ+ communities with all manner of concerns but I have extensive work with people of all races, religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds."
Chuck Culpepper, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60601
"Do you feel like you have tried everything to make the changes you desire? You fall into a habit that you know has put stress on other areas of your life, such as your relationships, work, and your overall mental and physical health. You feel like at the time that was the only way you knew how to cope with the distressing event or troubling emotions. It can feel hopeless when you have tried everything you could to make that change. Just remember, you did your best with what you had at that time. The idea of trying to make this change can feel overwhelming, but help is here. You no longer have to feel defined by the problem!"
Gay
(312) 729-5376
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
"Do you feel like you have tried everything to make the changes you desire? You fall into a habit that you know has put stress on other areas of your life, such as your relationships, work, and your overall mental and physical health. You feel like at the time that was the only way you knew how to cope with the distressing event or troubling emotions. It can feel hopeless when you have tried everything you could to make that change. Just remember, you did your best with what you had at that time. The idea of trying to make this change can feel overwhelming, but help is here. You no longer have to feel defined by the problem!"
Barry Shaeffer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"Gay men have a unique way of experiencing the world from discovering our individual identities and through realizing what it means to live as gay men in our society. I specialize in seeing men who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, issues around coming out, and career dissatisfaction. One of the things these symptoms are often tied to is not having complete clarity about who we are and what we want our lives to be about. We will work together to create a deeper understanding of yourself and to clarify your values and what is important to you so that you can conscientiously create the life you desire."
Gay
(773) 328-8350
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
"Gay men have a unique way of experiencing the world from discovering our individual identities and through realizing what it means to live as gay men in our society. I specialize in seeing men who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, issues around coming out, and career dissatisfaction. One of the things these symptoms are often tied to is not having complete clarity about who we are and what we want our lives to be about. We will work together to create a deeper understanding of yourself and to clarify your values and what is important to you so that you can conscientiously create the life you desire."
Caleb D Collins, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"I approach my work with an understanding that each client's experience is unique and I appreciate the courage it takes to engage in therapy. I work to help my client's feel heard and understood while exploring the sources of their difficulty. It is important to me that my relationship with clients is collaborative and I believe that you are the best expert on yourself and what you want for treatment. Sessions typically focus on building insight into how past experiences affect us today as well as developing communication and coping skills."
Gay
(312) 548-3608
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"I approach my work with an understanding that each client's experience is unique and I appreciate the courage it takes to engage in therapy. I work to help my client's feel heard and understood while exploring the sources of their difficulty. It is important to me that my relationship with clients is collaborative and I believe that you are the best expert on yourself and what you want for treatment. Sessions typically focus on building insight into how past experiences affect us today as well as developing communication and coping skills."
Dr. Jerrod L. Handy, Psychologist
Psychologist, Psy.D.
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
" Are you a gay male or person of color who feels isolated, disengaged, or overwhelmed due to the impacts of anxiety, depression, life changes, or other issues? I have extensive experience in working with mental health concerns related to these areas that also includes working with individuals, couples, and families. I integrate a variety of approaches and techniques into my work and rely heavily on the relationship between myself and my clients as a means of promoting growth and change. "
Gay
(773) 466-6914
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
" Are you a gay male or person of color who feels isolated, disengaged, or overwhelmed due to the impacts of anxiety, depression, life changes, or other issues? I have extensive experience in working with mental health concerns related to these areas that also includes working with individuals, couples, and families. I integrate a variety of approaches and techniques into my work and rely heavily on the relationship between myself and my clients as a means of promoting growth and change. "
Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CTRS
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"We often seek therapy because ways we’ve learned to navigate the world aren’t working the way they used to or the way we’d like them to. Sometimes these strategies cause us pain and sometimes they cause pain to others. Our work involves uncovering strategies we’ve learned to survive in the world and understanding where they come from. Once we understand their origin and function, we can develop awareness of when they arise in the present and make choices to navigate differently. "
Gay
(773) 717-2962
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"We often seek therapy because ways we’ve learned to navigate the world aren’t working the way they used to or the way we’d like them to. Sometimes these strategies cause us pain and sometimes they cause pain to others. Our work involves uncovering strategies we’ve learned to survive in the world and understanding where they come from. Once we understand their origin and function, we can develop awareness of when they arise in the present and make choices to navigate differently. "
Tanya Imam, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"I believe each person has inherent value and worth. Through lived experiences, one can cease living from a space of inherent worth, authenticity, and connection with others. I believe therapy can be a place to be heard, witnessed, practice new ways of experiencing the world, and to find authenticity and connection. Therapy can lead to a reconnection to positive self-worth and value. Commitment to therapy takes a great deal of honesty, courage, and vulnerability. I use a holistic and person-first lens. I see clients as people first and assist them in finding their true authentic selves."
Gay
(773) 993-1587 x7766
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
"I believe each person has inherent value and worth. Through lived experiences, one can cease living from a space of inherent worth, authenticity, and connection with others. I believe therapy can be a place to be heard, witnessed, practice new ways of experiencing the world, and to find authenticity and connection. Therapy can lead to a reconnection to positive self-worth and value. Commitment to therapy takes a great deal of honesty, courage, and vulnerability. I use a holistic and person-first lens. I see clients as people first and assist them in finding their true authentic selves."
Colleen Kempner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Finding a therapist who you connect with can be a daunting task. I know how truly important a strong therapeutic relationship is, which is why I am dedicated and passionate about forming a meaningful bond with each client I work with. Empathic, effective, and client centered mental health care are foundations to my therapeutic practice, and I aspire to create a space that is both welcoming, and safe for all clients."
Gay
(952) 260-1687
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"Finding a therapist who you connect with can be a daunting task. I know how truly important a strong therapeutic relationship is, which is why I am dedicated and passionate about forming a meaningful bond with each client I work with. Empathic, effective, and client centered mental health care are foundations to my therapeutic practice, and I aspire to create a space that is both welcoming, and safe for all clients."
Daniel Brewer, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"Are you struggling with identity and belonging, questioning the essence of who you are? Your roles, culture, sexual orientation, gender, relationships, spirituality, body image, profession? I've specialized in work with members of the LGBTQIA communities, across the lifespan. I am particularly qualified to help you with coming out issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe everyone needs support, and when you're ready, I'll be honored to witness and encourage your healing. "Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are." ~Brene Brown"
Gay
(773) 672-8629
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
"Are you struggling with identity and belonging, questioning the essence of who you are? Your roles, culture, sexual orientation, gender, relationships, spirituality, body image, profession? I've specialized in work with members of the LGBTQIA communities, across the lifespan. I am particularly qualified to help you with coming out issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe everyone needs support, and when you're ready, I'll be honored to witness and encourage your healing. "Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are." ~Brene Brown"
Allison Burque, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60622
"*Not accepting new clients until February 2020* As a licensed clinical social worker, I offer therapy in an affirming environment where individuals share concerns about their current and past challenges. I work collaboratively with clients to help them gain insight into their lives, feel understood in their struggles, develop tools to create meaningful and sustainable relationships, and move towards a healthier, more balanced life. I see each individual as an expert in their own experience and I will work with you to tailor therapy sessions to your personal goals, strengths, and coping skills."
Gay
(773) 886-1296
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Gay
"*Not accepting new clients until February 2020* As a licensed clinical social worker, I offer therapy in an affirming environment where individuals share concerns about their current and past challenges. I work collaboratively with clients to help them gain insight into their lives, feel understood in their struggles, develop tools to create meaningful and sustainable relationships, and move towards a healthier, more balanced life. I see each individual as an expert in their own experience and I will work with you to tailor therapy sessions to your personal goals, strengths, and coping skills."
Brandon Bigby, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"I believe in the inherent strength, competency, and resourcefulness of individuals, couples, and families; this guides my approach to work with clients. My role in the therapeutic process is to help you recognize and maximize those internal and interpersonal skills that you possess, while supporting you in the development of new adaptive techniques and strategies. Through this collaboration, we will work toward a clear understanding of what brings you to therapy, as well as opportunities for growth and acceptance. Effective therapy results in an affirmative response to the question: "Am I authentically living a meaningful and fulfilling life?""
Gay
(773) 326-6775
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"I believe in the inherent strength, competency, and resourcefulness of individuals, couples, and families; this guides my approach to work with clients. My role in the therapeutic process is to help you recognize and maximize those internal and interpersonal skills that you possess, while supporting you in the development of new adaptive techniques and strategies. Through this collaboration, we will work toward a clear understanding of what brings you to therapy, as well as opportunities for growth and acceptance. Effective therapy results in an affirmative response to the question: "Am I authentically living a meaningful and fulfilling life?""
Jake Hogan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Jake specializes in trauma-informed, sex-positive, client-centered work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. He has specific training and experience working with survivors of trauma, as well as those living with depression, anxiety, and those struggling to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives and relationships. Jake also has experience working with clients exploring the intersection of religious faith and sexuality in their lives. Jake is also experienced working with individuals with diverse array of sexual expressions and relationships, including polyamory, kink, and open relationships."
Gay
(773) 492-6920
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"Jake specializes in trauma-informed, sex-positive, client-centered work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. He has specific training and experience working with survivors of trauma, as well as those living with depression, anxiety, and those struggling to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives and relationships. Jake also has experience working with clients exploring the intersection of religious faith and sexuality in their lives. Jake is also experienced working with individuals with diverse array of sexual expressions and relationships, including polyamory, kink, and open relationships."
Jared Day, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CADC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Transitions. Grief. Depression. Fear. Change. Transitions can be a challenging time in your life. Whether it is from the death of a loved one, moving, a tough semester at school, coming out of the closet, or adjusting to life changes. Sometimes finding support can be a critical part of your healing. I believe you already have everything you need to make changes. My hope is to be a vessel to navigate through your process. My focus is to collaborate with you to find your strengths and create new coping skills to move through this challenging time in your life."
Gay
(773) 466-6788
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"Transitions. Grief. Depression. Fear. Change. Transitions can be a challenging time in your life. Whether it is from the death of a loved one, moving, a tough semester at school, coming out of the closet, or adjusting to life changes. Sometimes finding support can be a critical part of your healing. I believe you already have everything you need to make changes. My hope is to be a vessel to navigate through your process. My focus is to collaborate with you to find your strengths and create new coping skills to move through this challenging time in your life."
Jamie Gayle, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60601
"Our staff is comprised of therapists who are deeply committed to helping our clients fulfill their diverse individual potentials and to embrace the full spectrum of their needs and authentic passions. Through a process of self-exploration within a uniquely affirming, validating therapeutic environment, we endeavor to assist our clients in building healthier relationships with themselves (often manifesting in increased self-confidence and improved coping skills) and with others (deepening those relationships and the capacity to be oneself within them)."
Gay
(773) 750-3505
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
"Our staff is comprised of therapists who are deeply committed to helping our clients fulfill their diverse individual potentials and to embrace the full spectrum of their needs and authentic passions. Through a process of self-exploration within a uniquely affirming, validating therapeutic environment, we endeavor to assist our clients in building healthier relationships with themselves (often manifesting in increased self-confidence and improved coping skills) and with others (deepening those relationships and the capacity to be oneself within them)."
Lucas Byron Swenink, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Lucas specializes in working with individuals and couples who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer population. Within the LGBTQ population, he has further expertise in working with those who wish to address the implications of their trauma history, HIV/AIDS-related health and wellness, Depression, Anxiety, issues related to Aging and Substance Abuse and Dependance related disorders."
Gay
(872) 221-6391
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
"Lucas specializes in working with individuals and couples who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer population. Within the LGBTQ population, he has further expertise in working with those who wish to address the implications of their trauma history, HIV/AIDS-related health and wellness, Depression, Anxiety, issues related to Aging and Substance Abuse and Dependance related disorders."
Gregory Michael Sarlo, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD, LCPC, CAC, CFC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"As a long-time Clinical Psychologist, former president of the Illinois Psychological Association, and advocate within Chicago's GLBTQ community, I can offer you expertise and peace of mind for whatever challenges you. For more than 25 years, I have worked with people from diverse groups-individual adults, couples, families, and children-and for many of those years, right here in Lakeview. My goal is to encourage growth and well-being, supporting you while being direct and gently challenging, and offering psychological and neuropsychological assessment that gives you answers and insight into what concerns you."
Gay
(773) 234-8985
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
"As a long-time Clinical Psychologist, former president of the Illinois Psychological Association, and advocate within Chicago's GLBTQ community, I can offer you expertise and peace of mind for whatever challenges you. For more than 25 years, I have worked with people from diverse groups-individual adults, couples, families, and children-and for many of those years, right here in Lakeview. My goal is to encourage growth and well-being, supporting you while being direct and gently challenging, and offering psychological and neuropsychological assessment that gives you answers and insight into what concerns you."

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Gay (LGBTQ) Therapists
We should make clear that not all the therapists listed here are gay themselves. Rather, they specialize in helping with aspects of being gay in Chicago or homosexual. They provide help for gay couples in gay relationships, gay issues and issues that affect gay life.

If you're gay or are looking for help with gay issues in Chicago or for a Chicago gay therapist these professionals provide gay counseling and gay friendly care for gays or lesbians. They include gay friendly therapists plus gay therapists in Chicago, gay friendly psychologists, and gay friendly counsellors.

Counseling may include LGBT counseling in Chicago, LGBTQ or Chicago GLBT counseling.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Chicago are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Chicago you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Chicago and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Chicago or family therapy in Chicago.