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
Career Counseling
(773) 492-6920
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Career Counseling
"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."
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
Career Counseling
(312) 729-5376
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
Career Counseling
"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!"
Colin Ennis, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60602
"The longer I practice as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, the more my work has come to focus on empowerment. Sometimes people and systems hold us back, sometimes we hold ourselves back, and far too often we sell ourselves short. I can help you navigate these problems as you work toward becoming the best version of yourself. Everyone’s journey and their needs in psychotherapy are different and I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. However, I generally view the goal of psychotherapy as getting relief from your most pressing problems while developing the insights and skills to help you manage long after therapy has ended."
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 454-1150
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Gay
Career Counseling
"The longer I practice as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, the more my work has come to focus on empowerment. Sometimes people and systems hold us back, sometimes we hold ourselves back, and far too often we sell ourselves short. I can help you navigate these problems as you work toward becoming the best version of yourself. Everyone’s journey and their needs in psychotherapy are different and I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. However, I generally view the goal of psychotherapy as getting relief from your most pressing problems while developing the insights and skills to help you manage long after therapy has ended."
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
Career Counseling
(312) 548-3608
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Career Counseling
"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
Career Counseling
(773) 466-6914
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Career Counseling
" 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. "
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
Career Counseling
(773) 328-8350
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
Career Counseling
"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."
Phillip Barker, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC, CFSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"My ideal clients are self-motivated with a desire to change. My clients would come to me seeking tools to enhance their lives, all while committing to the therapeutic process and change. They seek freedom from past pain and maladaptive behavior, and believe that life-lasting change is possible!"
Gay
Career Counseling
(213) 320-6810
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
Career Counseling
"My ideal clients are self-motivated with a desire to change. My clients would come to me seeking tools to enhance their lives, all while committing to the therapeutic process and change. They seek freedom from past pain and maladaptive behavior, and believe that life-lasting change is possible!"
Frederick Schwartz - Quinn, Counselor
Counselor, MS, MJ, LCPC, LPHA
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60611
"I work with children & adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have been in the field of Mental Health & Law for over 20 years. I utilize a variety of treatment approaches to treat depression, PTSD, adjustment disorders, culture conflicts, LGBTQ issues and life transitions. I received my MS degree from Mississippi State University and my MJ degree from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law. I've had a solo practice for 8 years on the North Shore of Chicago. I have held several Mental Health Supervisor and Director positions in the Chicagoland area."
Gay
Career Counseling
(630) 325-5300
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60611
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I work with children & adolescents, adults, couples and families. I have been in the field of Mental Health & Law for over 20 years. I utilize a variety of treatment approaches to treat depression, PTSD, adjustment disorders, culture conflicts, LGBTQ issues and life transitions. I received my MS degree from Mississippi State University and my MJ degree from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law. I've had a solo practice for 8 years on the North Shore of Chicago. I have held several Mental Health Supervisor and Director positions in the Chicagoland area."
Illana C Jordan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, IO, Psych, MSW, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60660
"My practice is geared to assist individuals who, in their day to day lives, feel misunderstood, alienated or in other ways feel pressured to ascribe to interpersonal, social, familial or professional "norms" that are in contradiction to their unique personal needs or desires. It is important to honor each person's individual truth in order to support them in moving forward in an authentic and long-lasting way. Through supported exploration of their past experiences my clients discover how their unique personal history, not only informs how they feel today, but also what they need to change in order to feel better tomorrow."
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 530-3756
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Gay
Career Counseling
"My practice is geared to assist individuals who, in their day to day lives, feel misunderstood, alienated or in other ways feel pressured to ascribe to interpersonal, social, familial or professional "norms" that are in contradiction to their unique personal needs or desires. It is important to honor each person's individual truth in order to support them in moving forward in an authentic and long-lasting way. Through supported exploration of their past experiences my clients discover how their unique personal history, not only informs how they feel today, but also what they need to change in order to feel better tomorrow."
Kuan Lin, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60625
"Crises are often opportunities in disguise and the goal is to seize such opportunities to grow. I have practiced for over 15 years and successfully helped multiple clients meet such goal. I incorporate evidence-based techniques in a holistic framework and my treatment is conducted in a respectful and supportive atmosphere. Besides symptom alleviation, I also aim to enhance clients' growth in the context of neuroplasticity (yes, brain can still grow!!!) so as to develop new neural connections in the brain to bring forth the desired changes. When such connections are made, changes are solidified to attain a better living."
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 242-6224
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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Gay
Career Counseling
"Crises are often opportunities in disguise and the goal is to seize such opportunities to grow. I have practiced for over 15 years and successfully helped multiple clients meet such goal. I incorporate evidence-based techniques in a holistic framework and my treatment is conducted in a respectful and supportive atmosphere. Besides symptom alleviation, I also aim to enhance clients' growth in the context of neuroplasticity (yes, brain can still grow!!!) so as to develop new neural connections in the brain to bring forth the desired changes. When such connections are made, changes are solidified to attain a better living."
Marcelo Gonzalez, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60622
"Marcelo Gonzalez has an intuitive, keen mind for helping others and approaches his work from a practical perspective. He studied Occupational Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has a keen understanding of how mental health and psychology apply in various settings and groups. He works from a holistic perspective providing an encouraging, empathetic and affirming environment to explore new perspectives. "
Gay
Career Counseling
(872) 231-3421
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Gay
Career Counseling
"Marcelo Gonzalez has an intuitive, keen mind for helping others and approaches his work from a practical perspective. He studied Occupational Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has a keen understanding of how mental health and psychology apply in various settings and groups. He works from a holistic perspective providing an encouraging, empathetic and affirming environment to explore new perspectives. "
Devin Bercaw, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LCPC, E-RYT
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"I believe in a holistic approach to counseling and therapy and provide full-spectrum and client-specific treatment in a warm and non-judgmental setting. Most of us lead complicated and stressful lives and often find ourselves unable to cope with the many challenges facing us on a daily basis. I am both a yoga teacher and therapist and utilize an eclectic approach to therapy. I draw from various therapeutic approaches to address the unique needs of each client. I also incorporate mindfulness, breathing, and meditation into sessions when it is appropriate for dealing with stress, anxiety, and related issues."
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 863-3904
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I believe in a holistic approach to counseling and therapy and provide full-spectrum and client-specific treatment in a warm and non-judgmental setting. Most of us lead complicated and stressful lives and often find ourselves unable to cope with the many challenges facing us on a daily basis. I am both a yoga teacher and therapist and utilize an eclectic approach to therapy. I draw from various therapeutic approaches to address the unique needs of each client. I also incorporate mindfulness, breathing, and meditation into sessions when it is appropriate for dealing with stress, anxiety, and related issues."
Tammy Rohan Bobel, Counselor
Counselor, EdD, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Chicago, Illinois 60655
"You, and all human beings, have an innate ability to move toward reaching your own unique full potential (self-actualization). But how can you go about doing so when your thoughts, feelings and/or actions are holding you back? Counseling is a process whereby the counselor assists the client in learning to utilize his/her strengths in order to overcome challenges. My relationship with my clients is one of non-judgment. Optimism and hope are the characteristics that best describe my counseling style. I look forward to meeting you!"
Gay
Career Counseling
(708) 885-9975
Verified
Office is near:
Chicago, Illinois 60655
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Gay
Career Counseling
"You, and all human beings, have an innate ability to move toward reaching your own unique full potential (self-actualization). But how can you go about doing so when your thoughts, feelings and/or actions are holding you back? Counseling is a process whereby the counselor assists the client in learning to utilize his/her strengths in order to overcome challenges. My relationship with my clients is one of non-judgment. Optimism and hope are the characteristics that best describe my counseling style. I look forward to meeting you!"
Abigail Aguirre
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60622
"Abigail Aguirre has a positive attitude each day and with that brings great customer service. When new guests call they often find her keen familiarity to be refreshing while also appreciating how eager she is to help get families off to the right direction. In her career she has always valued learning to be more compassionate towards all people, and putting herself in their shoes. She is a leader on our intake and business team. Her career has included experience in health care, in spa environments, and fitness environments always focusing on serving others and bringing quality customer service to the forefront."
Gay
Career Counseling
(872) 228-2593
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Gay
Career Counseling
"Abigail Aguirre has a positive attitude each day and with that brings great customer service. When new guests call they often find her keen familiarity to be refreshing while also appreciating how eager she is to help get families off to the right direction. In her career she has always valued learning to be more compassionate towards all people, and putting herself in their shoes. She is a leader on our intake and business team. Her career has included experience in health care, in spa environments, and fitness environments always focusing on serving others and bringing quality customer service to the forefront."
Cindy L Lys, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60615
"I have worked as a trauma informed therapist for over 6 years. I specialize in adolescents and adults who face various mental health and identity development challenges. I am a grounded, honest, compassionate and well-rounded clinician. I tailor my approach to fit my clients’ specific goals and incorporate various techniques, which include: psychodynamic, relational, inter-subjective, DBT/CBT, motivational, trauma-informed, strengths-based and solution-focused therapies."
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 570-1438
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60615
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I have worked as a trauma informed therapist for over 6 years. I specialize in adolescents and adults who face various mental health and identity development challenges. I am a grounded, honest, compassionate and well-rounded clinician. I tailor my approach to fit my clients’ specific goals and incorporate various techniques, which include: psychodynamic, relational, inter-subjective, DBT/CBT, motivational, trauma-informed, strengths-based and solution-focused therapies."
Candida Jacoby, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60634
"I have experience working with individuals from different ethnic, socio-economic, religious, and spiritual backgrounds, who are experiencing a variety of life’s challenging situations. I am dedicated to working with each client to help resolve temporary and deep rooted issues. One of the most important relationships you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. I assist clients in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, in order to move forward in their lives in a healthy and purposeful way. I am invested in treating the “whole” person with a focus on the mind body connection."
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 917-0553
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60634
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I have experience working with individuals from different ethnic, socio-economic, religious, and spiritual backgrounds, who are experiencing a variety of life’s challenging situations. I am dedicated to working with each client to help resolve temporary and deep rooted issues. One of the most important relationships you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. I assist clients in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, in order to move forward in their lives in a healthy and purposeful way. I am invested in treating the “whole” person with a focus on the mind body connection."
Joshua Rose, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"I provide individual, couples, and family therapy with an integrative approach rooted in Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy; drawing from diverse methodologies appropriate to diverse individuals with unique needs. He believes that presenting a warm, safe, and comfortable environment is essential for therapeutic growth. Josh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology"
Gay
Career Counseling
(773) 570-9841 x15
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I provide individual, couples, and family therapy with an integrative approach rooted in Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy; drawing from diverse methodologies appropriate to diverse individuals with unique needs. He believes that presenting a warm, safe, and comfortable environment is essential for therapeutic growth. Josh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology"
Sharon Glassburn, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60602
"I am not currently able to accept new clients. In therapy, we zoom in and out across multiple layers, sometimes viewing problems through the lens of history and culture. Therapy might examine how relationships and larger systems maintain or reinforce unwanted symptoms and negative views of the self. It may not be your sole responsibility to heal familial or societal wounds--however, changing individual behavior patterns can positively affect the system as a whole. I work well with clients who are socially conscious and critical, who seek to align their behaviors with their values."
Gay
Career Counseling
(312) 489-5186
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I am not currently able to accept new clients. In therapy, we zoom in and out across multiple layers, sometimes viewing problems through the lens of history and culture. Therapy might examine how relationships and larger systems maintain or reinforce unwanted symptoms and negative views of the self. It may not be your sole responsibility to heal familial or societal wounds--however, changing individual behavior patterns can positively affect the system as a whole. I work well with clients who are socially conscious and critical, who seek to align their behaviors with their values."
Elizejoy 'joy' Guzzarde, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60622
"Joy received a M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in Sport & Health Psychology at Adler University in Chicago. During her training, Joy learned to help people reach their peak performance in life by teaching them effective skills to increase motivation, goal setting, interpersonal skill building as well as managing emotional distress. Joy believes a holistic approach is most beneficial in one’s well-being. She incorporates realistic, positive self-talk & imagery to manage anxiety & other emotions. "
Gay
Career Counseling
(872) 395-4946
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Gay
Career Counseling
"Joy received a M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in Sport & Health Psychology at Adler University in Chicago. During her training, Joy learned to help people reach their peak performance in life by teaching them effective skills to increase motivation, goal setting, interpersonal skill building as well as managing emotional distress. Joy believes a holistic approach is most beneficial in one’s well-being. She incorporates realistic, positive self-talk & imagery to manage anxiety & other emotions. "
Paige Hover, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60618
"I am a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in psychological testing for ADHD and beyond for students that were typically driven high achievers, but who are suddenly struggling. If you wonder if undiagnosed ADHD is the reason for your struggles, or this has been suggested by a therapist, a doctor, or someone at school, I can help. Difficulty focusing/poor concentration is a symptom of many diagnoses including anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorders, and Learning Disorders. I work with my clients to get an in-depth understanding of your symptoms and provide individualized recommendations to get back on track."
Gay
Career Counseling
(312) 626-9156
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60618
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Gay
Career Counseling
"I am a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in psychological testing for ADHD and beyond for students that were typically driven high achievers, but who are suddenly struggling. If you wonder if undiagnosed ADHD is the reason for your struggles, or this has been suggested by a therapist, a doctor, or someone at school, I can help. Difficulty focusing/poor concentration is a symptom of many diagnoses including anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorders, and Learning Disorders. I work with my clients to get an in-depth understanding of your symptoms and provide individualized recommendations to get back on track."

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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.