Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Photo of Christina Joly, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Christina Joly
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60659  (Online Only)
New availability! As of May 2024, Wednesdays at 1p and 3:15p - virtual only. Sometimes the hardest part of therapy is making the choice to begin. If you are here, you’re ready or at least thinking about starting this journey. Welcome and bring your curiosity! You don’t need to have answers when you come to therapy. You may not even know what the exact issues are. That’s okay. We will work in collaboration to find the path forward that benefits you most. There’s no “one size fits all” therapy so we may “try on” a few different things to see what works for you!
New availability! As of May 2024, Wednesdays at 1p and 3:15p - virtual only. Sometimes the hardest part of therapy is making the choice to begin. If you are here, you’re ready or at least thinking about starting this journey. Welcome and bring your curiosity! You don’t need to have answers when you come to therapy. You may not even know what the exact issues are. That’s okay. We will work in collaboration to find the path forward that benefits you most. There’s no “one size fits all” therapy so we may “try on” a few different things to see what works for you!
(872) 241-1440 View (872) 241-1440
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Santyna Piñeiros
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60615
Life can be really difficult to navigate at times. Different spaces in life require different tools and skills. Maybe, you are finding that the tools that worked in a previous space in time, are no longer useful; leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Maybe, you are tired of the same feelings of guilt, hurt, and shame from your past and you are ready to heal. Maybe you are feeling the intensity of the current time and world we live in, and you need a space to process it all. Whatever the case, it is my passion assisting teen and adult women as they discover themselves and develop what they need to live the lives they desire.
Life can be really difficult to navigate at times. Different spaces in life require different tools and skills. Maybe, you are finding that the tools that worked in a previous space in time, are no longer useful; leaving you feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Maybe, you are tired of the same feelings of guilt, hurt, and shame from your past and you are ready to heal. Maybe you are feeling the intensity of the current time and world we live in, and you need a space to process it all. Whatever the case, it is my passion assisting teen and adult women as they discover themselves and develop what they need to live the lives they desire.
(773) 570-8092 View (773) 570-8092
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Francisco Verde
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603  (Online Only)
During life, you may feel sad, stressed, anxious, and you may repeat behavior patterns or establish unhealthy relationships. If you are going through something like this, going to therapy is the best opportunity for you to improve all that you believe is necessary. From my point of view, it is only through meeting with another human being that you can heal and be able to make transcendental changes. That is why within the therapy framework, I offer to create, to find, explore, and experiment with a unique space for each patient that will allow them to change and achieve personal and emotional growth.
During life, you may feel sad, stressed, anxious, and you may repeat behavior patterns or establish unhealthy relationships. If you are going through something like this, going to therapy is the best opportunity for you to improve all that you believe is necessary. From my point of view, it is only through meeting with another human being that you can heal and be able to make transcendental changes. That is why within the therapy framework, I offer to create, to find, explore, and experiment with a unique space for each patient that will allow them to change and achieve personal and emotional growth.
(773) 232-2936 View (773) 232-2936
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Marla Vender
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, poor executive functioning, trauma, or other issues, you don't have to handle this alone. I'm committed to your well-being. You're entitled to your feelings and beliefs, and will always come first in this process. You don’t have to hide, please, or impress. You will be heard and accepted as you are, without judgment or labels. You are not your problem. You deserve to feel good. Knowing what happened to you is important but I don’t believe there’s something wrong with you.  If you can't believe this for yourself yet, I'll believe it for you until you do.
If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, poor executive functioning, trauma, or other issues, you don't have to handle this alone. I'm committed to your well-being. You're entitled to your feelings and beliefs, and will always come first in this process. You don’t have to hide, please, or impress. You will be heard and accepted as you are, without judgment or labels. You are not your problem. You deserve to feel good. Knowing what happened to you is important but I don’t believe there’s something wrong with you.  If you can't believe this for yourself yet, I'll believe it for you until you do.
(872) 204-2831 View (872) 204-2831
Photo of Alexandra Reifenberg, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Alexandra Reifenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, BS
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Are you someone who tries to solve problems on your own? If so, you're probably good at it. But it can get lonely. People might assume you’re okay, even when you’re struggling. While these patterns of self-reliance might have supported you in the past, they may be keeping you from becoming the best version of yourself. No matter what you're struggling with, therapy can help you understand these patterns and leave behind what is keeping you from thriving.
Are you someone who tries to solve problems on your own? If so, you're probably good at it. But it can get lonely. People might assume you’re okay, even when you’re struggling. While these patterns of self-reliance might have supported you in the past, they may be keeping you from becoming the best version of yourself. No matter what you're struggling with, therapy can help you understand these patterns and leave behind what is keeping you from thriving.
(312) 598-1690 x717 View (312) 598-1690 x717
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Tara Genovese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60641  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes, you just feel like a fraud. Pretending to be excited for the weekend. People congratulate you at work for your achievement but never invite you to drinks or even a virtual happy hour at the end of the day. While you're not losing your mind, you're just not in the space you thought you'd be when coming to live in this country. I know you are going to hate to hear this, but you are not alone. Transitions are hard to maneuver at times and can take much longer than a few months to get through. And that's ok.
Sometimes, you just feel like a fraud. Pretending to be excited for the weekend. People congratulate you at work for your achievement but never invite you to drinks or even a virtual happy hour at the end of the day. While you're not losing your mind, you're just not in the space you thought you'd be when coming to live in this country. I know you are going to hate to hear this, but you are not alone. Transitions are hard to maneuver at times and can take much longer than a few months to get through. And that's ok.
(872) 221-8222 View (872) 221-8222
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Sara Bennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60617
Welcome! My name is Sara and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the field for more than a decade; licensed since 2020. I specialize in teens and young adults, but love working with adults of all ages. I work primarily with people who are struggling through adjustment to different phases of life and/or are experiencing anxiety and depression. I believe in person centered care where you are the expert in your own life, but firmly believe everyone could use a good support team. I feel fortunate to be part of that team.
Welcome! My name is Sara and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the field for more than a decade; licensed since 2020. I specialize in teens and young adults, but love working with adults of all ages. I work primarily with people who are struggling through adjustment to different phases of life and/or are experiencing anxiety and depression. I believe in person centered care where you are the expert in your own life, but firmly believe everyone could use a good support team. I feel fortunate to be part of that team.
(217) 364-8236 View (217) 364-8236
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Brenda Hernandez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems in adolescents and adults (ages 12 and up). In my work with adolescents, therapy often focuses on dealing with stress related to academic demands, difficulties in peer and romantic relationships, family conflict, low self-esteem, as well as individuals struggling with self-identity. I also work with young adults who feel overwhelmed during the transition to college or entering the work force for the first time.
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems in adolescents and adults (ages 12 and up). In my work with adolescents, therapy often focuses on dealing with stress related to academic demands, difficulties in peer and romantic relationships, family conflict, low self-esteem, as well as individuals struggling with self-identity. I also work with young adults who feel overwhelmed during the transition to college or entering the work force for the first time.
(872) 253-0972 View (872) 253-0972
Photo of Cynthia Rivera, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Cynthia Rivera
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60605
I believe that challenges can present opportunities for healing and growth. In my work with clients, I provide a space where one can feel understood, supported and empowered. I truly believe that effective therapy is based in a genuine and collaborative relationship between the client and therapist. Through this approach, I help clients to manage difficult emotions, address adverse thought patterns, and improve upon factors that may hinder one's quality of life.
I believe that challenges can present opportunities for healing and growth. In my work with clients, I provide a space where one can feel understood, supported and empowered. I truly believe that effective therapy is based in a genuine and collaborative relationship between the client and therapist. Through this approach, I help clients to manage difficult emotions, address adverse thought patterns, and improve upon factors that may hinder one's quality of life.
(708) 576-4698 View (708) 576-4698
Photo of Joyce Mojica, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Joyce Mojica
Psychologist, PsyD, CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60641
Life is unpredictable. Anxiety and depression is something we all experience. Everyone handles things in their own unique way. Dealing with things alone can be overwhelming. Sometimes we try running away from it all. How do we know when it's too much for us to handle? When it impacts our relationships and self esteem. That's when you need a helping hand to help you regain your balance. We can work together to identify what the right treatment is for you.
Life is unpredictable. Anxiety and depression is something we all experience. Everyone handles things in their own unique way. Dealing with things alone can be overwhelming. Sometimes we try running away from it all. How do we know when it's too much for us to handle? When it impacts our relationships and self esteem. That's when you need a helping hand to help you regain your balance. We can work together to identify what the right treatment is for you.
(312) 698-3719 View (312) 698-3719
Photo of Ally Bentz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Ally Bentz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
Accepting new clients! Does it feel like that seasonal affective disorder is lasting longer than the season? Maybe you find yourself feeling unmotivated, distracted, or just different from the other people in your life. Our sessions will focus on better understanding you as a whole, and the best path to reach your goals. I take a holistic approach, considering physical, social, and emotional wellness. We will work at your pace, yet I will challenge you to dig deeper occasionally.
Accepting new clients! Does it feel like that seasonal affective disorder is lasting longer than the season? Maybe you find yourself feeling unmotivated, distracted, or just different from the other people in your life. Our sessions will focus on better understanding you as a whole, and the best path to reach your goals. I take a holistic approach, considering physical, social, and emotional wellness. We will work at your pace, yet I will challenge you to dig deeper occasionally.
(872) 241-2022 View (872) 241-2022
Photo of Constantine Trela, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Constantine Trela
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60642
Waitlist for new clients
The best therapeutic relationships walk the thin line between comfort/validation on one side and growth/critical reflection on the other. With all my patients I work to meet them were they're at in the moment and create a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental space. I view my role in therapy as ultimately helping you to build the life you want to live. By necessity, that means no two people will have identical journeys. That said, my hope for all I work with is that through therapy you will experience a reduction of distress in the short-term and gain insight and the tools to feel you can effectively manage stressors in the long-term.
The best therapeutic relationships walk the thin line between comfort/validation on one side and growth/critical reflection on the other. With all my patients I work to meet them were they're at in the moment and create a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental space. I view my role in therapy as ultimately helping you to build the life you want to live. By necessity, that means no two people will have identical journeys. That said, my hope for all I work with is that through therapy you will experience a reduction of distress in the short-term and gain insight and the tools to feel you can effectively manage stressors in the long-term.
(708) 616-1651 View (708) 616-1651
Photo of Kristin Lee Nielsen in Chicago, IL
Kristin Lee Nielsen
PsyD
Not Verified Not Verified
Chicago, IL 60607  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Dr. Nielsen, and I believe that each individual is unique as is their experience of themselves. In my work, I accompany each client on a journey to discover a greater understanding of who they are while reducing suffering and forging a more meaningful quality of life. It is from a humanistic and psychodynamic foundation of authenticity, acceptance, and nonjudgment that I approach my conceptualization of and work with each client. Deep listening and respect for the individual’s well-being as well as their problems allow me to develop strong working relationships. Therefore, I approach each session with great warmth and
Hi, I’m Dr. Nielsen, and I believe that each individual is unique as is their experience of themselves. In my work, I accompany each client on a journey to discover a greater understanding of who they are while reducing suffering and forging a more meaningful quality of life. It is from a humanistic and psychodynamic foundation of authenticity, acceptance, and nonjudgment that I approach my conceptualization of and work with each client. Deep listening and respect for the individual’s well-being as well as their problems allow me to develop strong working relationships. Therefore, I approach each session with great warmth and
(312) 784-9436 View (312) 784-9436
Photo of Jacqueline Allen, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Allen
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
When I was a kid, I observed my mom go through counseling. I saw her gain tools to manage depression and evolve into someone who knew her worth. She modeled for me how effective counseling can be. It is my absolute pleasure to support my clients in this way. I am especially passionate about supporting women of color in healing from wounds, and seeing & strengthening their resilience.
When I was a kid, I observed my mom go through counseling. I saw her gain tools to manage depression and evolve into someone who knew her worth. She modeled for me how effective counseling can be. It is my absolute pleasure to support my clients in this way. I am especially passionate about supporting women of color in healing from wounds, and seeing & strengthening their resilience.
(872) 278-5111 View (872) 278-5111
Photo of Jennifer Howe, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Jennifer Howe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
Accepting new clients. Change is possible and I love helping people discover this. Being a human is hard and frequently the messages we learned growing up can make life even more difficult. Together we take a deep dive into examining your patterns, and how you are currently functioning. Some of these patterns may be causing you pain and health problems. We sift through these emotions, gain a broader perspective, and identify tasks and actions outside of habitual responses that move you towards your goals. (I also offer Bowen Family Systems coaching for those who desire a more direct coaching experience.)
Accepting new clients. Change is possible and I love helping people discover this. Being a human is hard and frequently the messages we learned growing up can make life even more difficult. Together we take a deep dive into examining your patterns, and how you are currently functioning. Some of these patterns may be causing you pain and health problems. We sift through these emotions, gain a broader perspective, and identify tasks and actions outside of habitual responses that move you towards your goals. (I also offer Bowen Family Systems coaching for those who desire a more direct coaching experience.)
(773) 747-5836 View (773) 747-5836
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Megan Bolotin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with adults and adolescents to improve their well-being through client-directed and evidence-based therapeutic treatments. I use an empathetic, direct, and collaborative approach to create a fertile ground for emotional growth and transformation. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, chronic illness, women’s health, and relationships.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with adults and adolescents to improve their well-being through client-directed and evidence-based therapeutic treatments. I use an empathetic, direct, and collaborative approach to create a fertile ground for emotional growth and transformation. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, chronic illness, women’s health, and relationships.
(773) 232-3093 View (773) 232-3093
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Christian Xavier Bate-Soto
Licensed Social Worker, LSW, MSW, BA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
Life can be tough. Have you been struggling with overthinking, grief and loss, feelings of hopelessness, substance use, or other debilitating issues? These problems can affect your relationships, career, social life, and other aspects of life. Don't lose hope! You are strong and resilient. It's okay to outreach for support when we need it.
Life can be tough. Have you been struggling with overthinking, grief and loss, feelings of hopelessness, substance use, or other debilitating issues? These problems can affect your relationships, career, social life, and other aspects of life. Don't lose hope! You are strong and resilient. It's okay to outreach for support when we need it.
(312) 578-9990 View (312) 578-9990
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Ann Friesema
Counselor, PhD, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
If you are struggling with managing your experience of anxiety, stress, or tolerating uncertainty, I can provide support and guidance through the counseling process. Clients often reach out to me to gain support to address concerns related to life transitions such as new parenting or career changes, relationship changes, or grief and loss. I work with clients to address symptoms of anxiety and depression while also supporting their insight into broader interpersonal patterns. I assist clients in identifying and understanding current solutions to a healthier, happier, and more satisfying quality of life.
If you are struggling with managing your experience of anxiety, stress, or tolerating uncertainty, I can provide support and guidance through the counseling process. Clients often reach out to me to gain support to address concerns related to life transitions such as new parenting or career changes, relationship changes, or grief and loss. I work with clients to address symptoms of anxiety and depression while also supporting their insight into broader interpersonal patterns. I assist clients in identifying and understanding current solutions to a healthier, happier, and more satisfying quality of life.
(312) 667-3541 View (312) 667-3541
Photo of Kelly Patricia Kilgallon, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Kelly Patricia Kilgallon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
Are you feeling unsatisfied with your day-to-day life? Do you know what you want for yourself but feel unable to get it? Do you feel uncomfortable with your body? Or feel as though your relationship to food is running your life? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, I can help.
Are you feeling unsatisfied with your day-to-day life? Do you know what you want for yourself but feel unable to get it? Do you feel uncomfortable with your body? Or feel as though your relationship to food is running your life? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, I can help.
(773) 345-7953 View (773) 345-7953
Photo of Angie Green, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Angie Green
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60661
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there, glad you’re here. If you’re ready, I’m excited to get started on your journey in therapy together. As someone who comes to the work with warmth and empathy, I strive to build a therapeutic relationship with my clients that opens up space for healing and growth. In our time together, I would aim to help you understand how past events and relationships have shaped your way in the world and look to open up new possibilities. By discussing how the past may be impeding our present, I believe we can build towards a future worth looking forward to.
Hi there, glad you’re here. If you’re ready, I’m excited to get started on your journey in therapy together. As someone who comes to the work with warmth and empathy, I strive to build a therapeutic relationship with my clients that opens up space for healing and growth. In our time together, I would aim to help you understand how past events and relationships have shaped your way in the world and look to open up new possibilities. By discussing how the past may be impeding our present, I believe we can build towards a future worth looking forward to.
(708) 773-4616 View (708) 773-4616

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Chicago, IL

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills
67% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
61% Aetna
49% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Chicago, IL see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
18% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chicago?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.