Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Photo of Amy M Berrafato, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL
Amy M Berrafato
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Healthy relationships are an essential ingredient to living your best life possible. No matter your relationship status, it’s important to have support as you navigate relational stressors within different life stages. I respect the vulnerability in reaching out for help. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck and disconnected from your partner. Or having a hard time understanding your relationship patterns. Maybe it’s difficult to express or manage your emotions. Learning who you are in relationships is a lifelong process! My therapeutic approach is direct, emotion-focused, and client-centered so we can walk through that process together.
Healthy relationships are an essential ingredient to living your best life possible. No matter your relationship status, it’s important to have support as you navigate relational stressors within different life stages. I respect the vulnerability in reaching out for help. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck and disconnected from your partner. Or having a hard time understanding your relationship patterns. Maybe it’s difficult to express or manage your emotions. Learning who you are in relationships is a lifelong process! My therapeutic approach is direct, emotion-focused, and client-centered so we can walk through that process together.
(872) 201-3723 View (872) 201-3723
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Faduma M Sheikh Abdi
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60659  (Online Only)
Discussing the unresolved feelings of trauma is painful, but I assure you, in my space you are seen and heard. All parts of you, even the deeply wounded scars, are welcomed and nurtured. I come from a diverse culture and understand how hard it is to find a therapist that understands the nuances of your existence. If this speaks to you, allow me to guide you through your re-birth of this new life you deserve.
Discussing the unresolved feelings of trauma is painful, but I assure you, in my space you are seen and heard. All parts of you, even the deeply wounded scars, are welcomed and nurtured. I come from a diverse culture and understand how hard it is to find a therapist that understands the nuances of your existence. If this speaks to you, allow me to guide you through your re-birth of this new life you deserve.
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Photo of Callie Reda, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Callie Reda
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
We can all use a little help sometimes. Counseling can provide us with a space to explore our authentic selves and try out new strategies for coping with life's challenges, free from judgment. The individuals and families I support are typically seeking relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry, shame, hopelessness, anger, or confusion. These feelings are often associated with divorce or separation, grief and loss, family issues, or childhood trauma. The feelings and circumstances can feel all consuming and difficult to manage, but you don't need to manage them alone.
We can all use a little help sometimes. Counseling can provide us with a space to explore our authentic selves and try out new strategies for coping with life's challenges, free from judgment. The individuals and families I support are typically seeking relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry, shame, hopelessness, anger, or confusion. These feelings are often associated with divorce or separation, grief and loss, family issues, or childhood trauma. The feelings and circumstances can feel all consuming and difficult to manage, but you don't need to manage them alone.
(773) 389-1434 View (773) 389-1434
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Dr. Shelby Mailho
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with queer, trans, and neurodivergent individuals. Using a relational, feminist, and humanistic approach, I help you embrace your authentic self. Together, we'll foster a warm, collaborative relationship for personal growth. I provide affirming and inclusive care, understanding the impact of societal systems on intersecting identities. With specialized training in neurodivergence, gender diversity, and consensual nonmonogamy, I support clients in navigating life's challenges. Currently accepting clients for gender surgery letters/documentation and psychological testing.
I specialize in working with queer, trans, and neurodivergent individuals. Using a relational, feminist, and humanistic approach, I help you embrace your authentic self. Together, we'll foster a warm, collaborative relationship for personal growth. I provide affirming and inclusive care, understanding the impact of societal systems on intersecting identities. With specialized training in neurodivergence, gender diversity, and consensual nonmonogamy, I support clients in navigating life's challenges. Currently accepting clients for gender surgery letters/documentation and psychological testing.
(773) 345-7584 View (773) 345-7584
Photo of Cindy Gradle, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Cindy Gradle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60638
I am an experienced psychotherapist and I work with clients from diverse backgrounds. I have extensive experience working with clients who are adult children of alcoholics and helping clients who have suffered a loss(es) and seek bereavement counseling. I also work with adults and youths who have both depression and anxiety, including panic attacks and phobias. I offer specific strategies to combat anxiety and panic attacks. My particular expertise has been working with parents and their children. Other areas of practice are sexual abuse and domestic violence.
I am an experienced psychotherapist and I work with clients from diverse backgrounds. I have extensive experience working with clients who are adult children of alcoholics and helping clients who have suffered a loss(es) and seek bereavement counseling. I also work with adults and youths who have both depression and anxiety, including panic attacks and phobias. I offer specific strategies to combat anxiety and panic attacks. My particular expertise has been working with parents and their children. Other areas of practice are sexual abuse and domestic violence.
(708) 998-4609 View (708) 998-4609
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Natalie Sager
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60630
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. I provide therapy that is collaborative, creative, and understanding. I have extensive experience helping children, adolescents, and adults navigate challenges related to Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Traumatic Stress, shame, grief and loss, job and academic stress, sexual trauma, relationship difficulties, self esteem, and adjustment to life changes.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. I provide therapy that is collaborative, creative, and understanding. I have extensive experience helping children, adolescents, and adults navigate challenges related to Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Traumatic Stress, shame, grief and loss, job and academic stress, sexual trauma, relationship difficulties, self esteem, and adjustment to life changes.
(708) 607-9517 View (708) 607-9517
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Catalyst Clinical Group Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I believe every person has the ability to effect change in their life. Sometimes, though, we need someone to walk along side us to help navigate through difficult and trying times. My view of therapy is just that—a helpful and compassionate person who provides a safe and stigma-free space to explore, reflect, mourn, and grow. My hope is to provide you with the highest quality mental health services to help you achieve your goals and live a healthy, productive life of your design.
I believe every person has the ability to effect change in their life. Sometimes, though, we need someone to walk along side us to help navigate through difficult and trying times. My view of therapy is just that—a helpful and compassionate person who provides a safe and stigma-free space to explore, reflect, mourn, and grow. My hope is to provide you with the highest quality mental health services to help you achieve your goals and live a healthy, productive life of your design.
(773) 876-8763 View (773) 876-8763
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Nora Murphy
Counselor, LCPC, MA, MEd
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Not accepting new clients
I believe counseling is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves. My goal as a therapist is to help clients live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, clients can develop life-changing habits to help cope with any of life’s various obstacles. My therapy sessions are designed to address personal issues and help you gain a more positive sense of self, learn more effective coping strategies to deal with stress and discomfort, and strengthen your relationships.
I believe counseling is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves. My goal as a therapist is to help clients live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, clients can develop life-changing habits to help cope with any of life’s various obstacles. My therapy sessions are designed to address personal issues and help you gain a more positive sense of self, learn more effective coping strategies to deal with stress and discomfort, and strengthen your relationships.
(872) 228-2465 View (872) 228-2465
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Gabi Granoff
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Being a warm, collaborative, humorous, and grounded psychotherapist is essential to my work. I believe that relationships are at the core of the human experience. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, young adults and families who are struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, and reactions to trauma. The clients I work with are often seeking support in deepening connections with others and within themselves. My goal is to support my clients by providing a safe, accepting environment for self-exploration, and to help them remain grounded and find peace as they manage complex life stressors.
Being a warm, collaborative, humorous, and grounded psychotherapist is essential to my work. I believe that relationships are at the core of the human experience. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, young adults and families who are struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, and reactions to trauma. The clients I work with are often seeking support in deepening connections with others and within themselves. My goal is to support my clients by providing a safe, accepting environment for self-exploration, and to help them remain grounded and find peace as they manage complex life stressors.
(312) 210-0303 View (312) 210-0303
Photo of Kimberly Shapps, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Kimberly Shapps
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW, ICDVP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I began my career as a practicing attorney representing women in abusive relationships in order of protection and divorce proceedings. As a therapist, I use my legal and therapeutic background to provide individual counseling prior to, during, and after divorce. Divorce is a traumatic life event that can have a ripple effect on nearly every aspect of one's life. I offer clients both concrete help to better understand the legal system and what they can expect from the process, while also working to gain deeper insight into what happened in the relationship and starting to heal from the experience.
I began my career as a practicing attorney representing women in abusive relationships in order of protection and divorce proceedings. As a therapist, I use my legal and therapeutic background to provide individual counseling prior to, during, and after divorce. Divorce is a traumatic life event that can have a ripple effect on nearly every aspect of one's life. I offer clients both concrete help to better understand the legal system and what they can expect from the process, while also working to gain deeper insight into what happened in the relationship and starting to heal from the experience.
(312) 854-2823 View (312) 854-2823
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Frederick Cary Shepard
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Cary Shepard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2016. They graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Cary works from an eclectic approach, utilizing tools and theory from a variety of perspectives as it best meets the needs of their clients. Some tools and theories they routinely utilize include DBT, Psychodynamic, Existential and Humanistic and therapies.
Cary Shepard is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2016. They graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Cary works from an eclectic approach, utilizing tools and theory from a variety of perspectives as it best meets the needs of their clients. Some tools and theories they routinely utilize include DBT, Psychodynamic, Existential and Humanistic and therapies.
(872) 205-3354 View (872) 205-3354
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Jenica Ottero
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
My style is warm, direct, and empowering. I collaboratively use evidenced-based treatments to identify unhelpful patterns and redefine old values in order to live a more authentic and rewarding life. A trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship is the foundation for growth, and through this space you will gain insight, awareness, and be gently challenged to see new perspectives and solutions.
My style is warm, direct, and empowering. I collaboratively use evidenced-based treatments to identify unhelpful patterns and redefine old values in order to live a more authentic and rewarding life. A trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship is the foundation for growth, and through this space you will gain insight, awareness, and be gently challenged to see new perspectives and solutions.
(510) 999-6141 View (510) 999-6141
Photo of Laura Dziekiewicz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Laura Dziekiewicz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, TIYT, CYT-200
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
I help women in their 20's, 30's and 40's who are experiencing anxiety, chronic stress, relationship struggles, symptoms of depression and postpartum anxiety and depression to feel relief from painful symptoms by providing a safe space to gain insight and perspective and to develop healthy coping skills and habits. I can relate to your issues while bringing the wisdom of years in clinical practice and the understanding of the importance of mind/body approaches to healing and health.
I help women in their 20's, 30's and 40's who are experiencing anxiety, chronic stress, relationship struggles, symptoms of depression and postpartum anxiety and depression to feel relief from painful symptoms by providing a safe space to gain insight and perspective and to develop healthy coping skills and habits. I can relate to your issues while bringing the wisdom of years in clinical practice and the understanding of the importance of mind/body approaches to healing and health.
(773) 985-2836 View (773) 985-2836
Photo of Hannah Christine Jones, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hannah Christine Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
I'm a queer psychotherapist who offers individual and relational therapy. I believe mental health is deeply connected to our relationships, our intersectional identities, and our exposure to trauma. By exploring inner narratives, I support clients with building a capacity for emotional regulation and practicing radical self-love. The couples/relationship therapy I offer focuses on identifying how cultural upbringing, identities, needs, and emotions affect our relationships.
I'm a queer psychotherapist who offers individual and relational therapy. I believe mental health is deeply connected to our relationships, our intersectional identities, and our exposure to trauma. By exploring inner narratives, I support clients with building a capacity for emotional regulation and practicing radical self-love. The couples/relationship therapy I offer focuses on identifying how cultural upbringing, identities, needs, and emotions affect our relationships.
(708) 766-9211 View (708) 766-9211
Photo of Mary Bucher, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
Mary Bucher
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60643
Is the weight of the world on your shoulders becoming too much to bear? I understand that the journey through life’s challenges can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Whether you’re grappling with the demands of daily tasks or the echoes of past experiences, it can become overwhelming, leaving you feeling adrift or lost in your own life.
Is the weight of the world on your shoulders becoming too much to bear? I understand that the journey through life’s challenges can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Whether you’re grappling with the demands of daily tasks or the echoes of past experiences, it can become overwhelming, leaving you feeling adrift or lost in your own life.
(708) 787-4126 View (708) 787-4126
Photo of Mackensey Carter, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Mackensey Carter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
Whether you are struggling with a life transition, anxious thoughts, or relationship uncertainty, I know we can collaborate to find your unique path forward. I provide psychotherapy to individuals that focuses on recovery & healing from past and present traumas as well as work around self-discovery, identity, and positive growth. I see my job as providing support, validation, & relational safety. You are an expert in your life and experience; therefore, my therapeutic approach is flexible so that each session can be client-centered and client-directed.
Whether you are struggling with a life transition, anxious thoughts, or relationship uncertainty, I know we can collaborate to find your unique path forward. I provide psychotherapy to individuals that focuses on recovery & healing from past and present traumas as well as work around self-discovery, identity, and positive growth. I see my job as providing support, validation, & relational safety. You are an expert in your life and experience; therefore, my therapeutic approach is flexible so that each session can be client-centered and client-directed.
(773) 692-4883 View (773) 692-4883
Photo of Hillary Jennings, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL
Hillary Jennings
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60605
We live in a culture where we deal with daily stress and sometimes trauma based on our marginalized identities, whether they be race, gender, sexual orientation, class, or ability level. Combine that with the ongoing effects of the pandemic and the stress of the constant negative news feed, and it becomes easy to feel overwhelmed and lose our balance. Having been in practice for 18 years and tuned into the ways in which our culture affects us all, I'm here to help. Reaching out to a therapist can be scary. I work to create an open, judgement-free environment where we will work on your problems collaboratively.
We live in a culture where we deal with daily stress and sometimes trauma based on our marginalized identities, whether they be race, gender, sexual orientation, class, or ability level. Combine that with the ongoing effects of the pandemic and the stress of the constant negative news feed, and it becomes easy to feel overwhelmed and lose our balance. Having been in practice for 18 years and tuned into the ways in which our culture affects us all, I'm here to help. Reaching out to a therapist can be scary. I work to create an open, judgement-free environment where we will work on your problems collaboratively.
(312) 647-2033 View (312) 647-2033
Photo of Grace Ahn-Im, Psychologist in Chicago, IL
Grace Ahn-Im
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611
As a therapist, I create a safe and supportive environment in which a collaborative and goal-oriented relationship can develop. Through this safe and supportive relationship I assist people in increasing awareness of themselves and begin the journey of healing, growth, and change.
As a therapist, I create a safe and supportive environment in which a collaborative and goal-oriented relationship can develop. Through this safe and supportive relationship I assist people in increasing awareness of themselves and begin the journey of healing, growth, and change.
(312) 625-5130 View (312) 625-5130
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Thrive Psych Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC(IL)
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60615  (Online Only)
Congratulations for taking the first step to care for yourself and your mental health. I am a professional counselor in Illinois and I support clients as they navigate depression, anxiety, interpersonal concerns, identity conflict, family of origin issues and trauma recovery. Using a biopsychosocialspiritual lens to understand people, my approach to therapy is trauma-informed and relational. I believe that our relationships impact all areas of our lives, including our identities, how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we interact with the world.
Congratulations for taking the first step to care for yourself and your mental health. I am a professional counselor in Illinois and I support clients as they navigate depression, anxiety, interpersonal concerns, identity conflict, family of origin issues and trauma recovery. Using a biopsychosocialspiritual lens to understand people, my approach to therapy is trauma-informed and relational. I believe that our relationships impact all areas of our lives, including our identities, how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we interact with the world.
(872) 219-2073 View (872) 219-2073
Photo of Jacqueline Salazar, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Salazar
Counselor, PsyD, LCPC, CADC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607  (Online Only)
I work with children, adults, and families, and utilize psychodynamic and family systems therapies to increase resiliency and self-awareness in order for direct changes to occur in your daily life. I specialize in child/adolescent therapy, play therapy, family therapy, trauma, child sexual abuse, anxiety, addiction, diagnostic assessments for children 0-5, racial/cultural stress and acculturation, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, and parental stress.
I work with children, adults, and families, and utilize psychodynamic and family systems therapies to increase resiliency and self-awareness in order for direct changes to occur in your daily life. I specialize in child/adolescent therapy, play therapy, family therapy, trauma, child sexual abuse, anxiety, addiction, diagnostic assessments for children 0-5, racial/cultural stress and acculturation, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, and parental stress.
(312) 663-8102 View (312) 663-8102

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
89% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
71% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills
67% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
59% 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.