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
Emotionally Focused
(773) 492-6920
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
John Codd, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60613
"John is a licensed clinical social worker & a certified addictions counselor. He holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago. John has worked as a therapist in many areas of practice for over 20 years, helping clients find solutions to a wide range of challenges & helping them change patterns that no longer work for them. He has experience working with individuals, adolescents, couples & families. John recognizes each course of treatment is personal & unique. He is committed to establishing open & collaborative therapeutic relationships, offering a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental environment for growth & change."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(312) 818-3143
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"John is a licensed clinical social worker & a certified addictions counselor. He holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago. John has worked as a therapist in many areas of practice for over 20 years, helping clients find solutions to a wide range of challenges & helping them change patterns that no longer work for them. He has experience working with individuals, adolescents, couples & families. John recognizes each course of treatment is personal & unique. He is committed to establishing open & collaborative therapeutic relationships, offering a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental environment for growth & change."
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
Emotionally Focused
(872) 221-6391
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
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
Emotionally Focused
(312) 729-5376
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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!"
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
Emotionally Focused
(952) 260-1687
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
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
Emotionally Focused
(773) 295-7727
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
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
Emotionally Focused
(773) 328-8350
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
Annie Avery, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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
Emotionally Focused
(773) 985-7034
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
Gregory Potts, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60614
"Trust, empathy, and respect are the foundation upon which any valuable relationship is built, including the relationship between a therapist and a client. I strive to create that sort of caring relationship with clients from the time of our first meeting. I believe that this establishes a safe space in which you can reflect on your life, gain perspective and imagine a hopeful vision for your future. As a companion on your journey, I offer my thoughts and insights while always recognizing that you are the ultimate expert on your own life and the choices you face."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(773) 661-4913
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"Trust, empathy, and respect are the foundation upon which any valuable relationship is built, including the relationship between a therapist and a client. I strive to create that sort of caring relationship with clients from the time of our first meeting. I believe that this establishes a safe space in which you can reflect on your life, gain perspective and imagine a hopeful vision for your future. As a companion on your journey, I offer my thoughts and insights while always recognizing that you are the ultimate expert on your own life and the choices you face."
Daniel Lopez, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60603
"Hello my name is Danny. I offer an empathic, safe and compassionate environment to process life issues. Working together we can use the therapeutic relationship to promote healing and create change. Therapy allows you to gain insight, accept vulnerabilities, fortify strengths and develop new skills. I want to welcome you to contact me in setting up an initial appointment. I specialize in: Trauma focused work, LGBTQ/Queer populations, grief & loss, anxiety and depression. Other areas of specialization and training include: Relationship issues, men's issues, identity formation, cultural sensitivity and coping with infidelity."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(312) 614-1205 x603
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60603
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"Hello my name is Danny. I offer an empathic, safe and compassionate environment to process life issues. Working together we can use the therapeutic relationship to promote healing and create change. Therapy allows you to gain insight, accept vulnerabilities, fortify strengths and develop new skills. I want to welcome you to contact me in setting up an initial appointment. I specialize in: Trauma focused work, LGBTQ/Queer populations, grief & loss, anxiety and depression. Other areas of specialization and training include: Relationship issues, men's issues, identity formation, cultural sensitivity and coping with infidelity."
Ian Bonner, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"I'm Dr. Ian Bonner, and I specialize in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, substance use, and relationships. As a counselor, I am challenging, collaborative, and compassionate in my approach to treatment. Clients who work with me understand from our first session that I work with more than just symptoms and problems; I treat the whole person. In sessions, I take great care to ensure that you feel understood, valued, and known and eagerly utilize your feedback about our work. I welcome you to contact me with any questions."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(908) 615-4102
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"I'm Dr. Ian Bonner, and I specialize in anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, substance use, and relationships. As a counselor, I am challenging, collaborative, and compassionate in my approach to treatment. Clients who work with me understand from our first session that I work with more than just symptoms and problems; I treat the whole person. In sessions, I take great care to ensure that you feel understood, valued, and known and eagerly utilize your feedback about our work. I welcome you to contact me with any questions."
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
Emotionally Focused
(773) 530-3756
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"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."
Matthew English, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60614
"It can take great courage to get uncomfortable and come to therapy. As a yoga instructor and counselor, I am often asking my students to acknowledge any uncomfortable feelings that come up in a posture, so that they might gain a better understanding of them and begin to push past it. I ask them to stay mindful of any negative thoughts going on their head and if they can instead focus on their breath, remind themselves this posture is not permanent, and to maybe even smile. In session we will focus on thoughts, emotions, actions, and limiting beliefs to continue to develop a sense of confidence in ourselves."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(847) 495-7474
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"It can take great courage to get uncomfortable and come to therapy. As a yoga instructor and counselor, I am often asking my students to acknowledge any uncomfortable feelings that come up in a posture, so that they might gain a better understanding of them and begin to push past it. I ask them to stay mindful of any negative thoughts going on their head and if they can instead focus on their breath, remind themselves this posture is not permanent, and to maybe even smile. In session we will focus on thoughts, emotions, actions, and limiting beliefs to continue to develop a sense of confidence in ourselves."
Jacquelyn Singer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60660
"Considering therapy? Taking those first steps can often be difficult, but finding the right therapist can help you work through the concerns that have continually affected you and your relationships. We will work together to address current problems and long-standing patterns so that you can experience the satisfaction with yourself and the level of fulfillment in your relationships that you've been looking for."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(773) 649-4481
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"Considering therapy? Taking those first steps can often be difficult, but finding the right therapist can help you work through the concerns that have continually affected you and your relationships. We will work together to address current problems and long-standing patterns so that you can experience the satisfaction with yourself and the level of fulfillment in your relationships that you've been looking for."
Louis V. Haynes, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60625
"I would definitely say being a psychologist is my calling. I am very passionate about helping others and making a difference in the world, both personally and professionally. My approach to therapy is to help you identify and build off of your internal strengths and help you with the parts of your personality that may be getting in the way of your having a happy and fulfilling life and feeling deeply connected in your relationships."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(773) 639-1094
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"I would definitely say being a psychologist is my calling. I am very passionate about helping others and making a difference in the world, both personally and professionally. My approach to therapy is to help you identify and build off of your internal strengths and help you with the parts of your personality that may be getting in the way of your having a happy and fulfilling life and feeling deeply connected in your relationships."
Jared Robl, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Chicago, Illinois 60606
"It can be tough to feel seen, heard and understood. Even day-to-day life experiences can be painful if you're feeling alone and vulnerable and the idea of starting or restarting therapy and finding the right fit can be intimidating. You may worry that you wont find a therapist who takes time to understand you and what you're going through without judgement. "
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(312) 883-8865
Verified
Office is near:
Chicago, Illinois 60606
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"It can be tough to feel seen, heard and understood. Even day-to-day life experiences can be painful if you're feeling alone and vulnerable and the idea of starting or restarting therapy and finding the right fit can be intimidating. You may worry that you wont find a therapist who takes time to understand you and what you're going through without judgement. "
Patrick M McKee, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Chicago, Illinois 60613
"You deserve a balanced, happy and successful life. Whether you are questioning what to do, who you are, struggling to find motivation/strength, or just not sure how to attain what you want, there is a safe & non-judgmental space for you. You will learn how to become the "you" that you have always wanted to be. Through empowering work, you will challenge thoughts and uncover negative and sabotaging patterns to help overcome barriers."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(847) 416-1050
Verified
Office is near:
Chicago, Illinois 60613
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"You deserve a balanced, happy and successful life. Whether you are questioning what to do, who you are, struggling to find motivation/strength, or just not sure how to attain what you want, there is a safe & non-judgmental space for you. You will learn how to become the "you" that you have always wanted to be. Through empowering work, you will challenge thoughts and uncover negative and sabotaging patterns to help overcome barriers."
Chicago Pride Center,
LCSW, CADC, CGP
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Chicago Pride Center is committed to providing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and gender expansive folx and their allies a road to recovery in a safe, affirming environment through evidence-based substance use, sexual health, and mental health treatment. Our highly trained, skilled and culturally sensitive staff understands the complexities of experience and identity in the LGBTQ/GE communities and is committed to helping our clients live happy, healthy and expansive lives. We offer hope- a pathway to overcome addiction and behavioral health issues by acknowledging the complex connection between the social environment, behavioral health and substance use, freeing our clients to enjoy a greater sense of connection and empowerment with meaning and purpose in their lives."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(773) 492-8972
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"Chicago Pride Center is committed to providing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and gender expansive folx and their allies a road to recovery in a safe, affirming environment through evidence-based substance use, sexual health, and mental health treatment. Our highly trained, skilled and culturally sensitive staff understands the complexities of experience and identity in the LGBTQ/GE communities and is committed to helping our clients live happy, healthy and expansive lives. We offer hope- a pathway to overcome addiction and behavioral health issues by acknowledging the complex connection between the social environment, behavioral health and substance use, freeing our clients to enjoy a greater sense of connection and empowerment with meaning and purpose in their lives."
Taylor Leisher, LPC Intern
LPC Intern, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"Therapy can be a space to explore, understand, and change your life, and I strive to be a helping hand in that process. By providing a warm, empathic, and understanding space, I help my clients gain insight into their inner worlds, learn to accept what they see, and change their lives for the better. Whether it’s a life transition, a lifelong pain, or a recent loss, I help my clients find the tools and self-awareness they need to navigate their lives."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(872) 205-3251 x7
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"Therapy can be a space to explore, understand, and change your life, and I strive to be a helping hand in that process. By providing a warm, empathic, and understanding space, I help my clients gain insight into their inner worlds, learn to accept what they see, and change their lives for the better. Whether it’s a life transition, a lifelong pain, or a recent loss, I help my clients find the tools and self-awareness they need to navigate their lives."
Behavioral Health at Center on Halsted, Psychologist
Psychologist, LCSW, CADC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60613
"For more than 30 years, Center on Halsted has helped Chicago's LGBTQ community and caring allies meet their behavioral health needs. Our team of therapists offers a number of different services and opportunities for community members, including Psychotherapy, Therapy Groups, Psychotherapy for Survivors of Violence, and Letters of Support for Gender Affirming Surgeries. Our Behavioral Health phone line operates as a bank of information about our services (including scheduling an initial screening), community resources, and possible referrals. These services are offered both in English and Spanish."
Gay
Emotionally Focused
(773) 657-2925 x460
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
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Gay
Emotionally Focused
"For more than 30 years, Center on Halsted has helped Chicago's LGBTQ community and caring allies meet their behavioral health needs. Our team of therapists offers a number of different services and opportunities for community members, including Psychotherapy, Therapy Groups, Psychotherapy for Survivors of Violence, and Letters of Support for Gender Affirming Surgeries. Our Behavioral Health phone line operates as a bank of information about our services (including scheduling an initial screening), community resources, and possible referrals. These services are offered both in English and Spanish."

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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.