Therapists in Chicago, IL

View neighborhoods in Chicago
Photo of Dr. Briana Weisner, PsyD, CCATP, Psychologist
Dr. Briana Weisner
Psychologist, PsyD, CCATP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Starting therapy and finding the right therapist can feel like a daunting task. I congratulate you on taking the first step and am glad you are here! A quick peek into what sessions with me involve: an unbiased, nonjudgmental place to express yourself, building specific coping skills to deal with stressors, psychoeducation, identifying and restructuring negative thinking styles, changing maladaptive behaviors, learning assertiveness skills, identifying and working towards important values in your life, building insight into unhelpful cyclical patterns, increasing self-esteem and confidence, and recognizing your own strengths.
Starting therapy and finding the right therapist can feel like a daunting task. I congratulate you on taking the first step and am glad you are here! A quick peek into what sessions with me involve: an unbiased, nonjudgmental place to express yourself, building specific coping skills to deal with stressors, psychoeducation, identifying and restructuring negative thinking styles, changing maladaptive behaviors, learning assertiveness skills, identifying and working towards important values in your life, building insight into unhelpful cyclical patterns, increasing self-esteem and confidence, and recognizing your own strengths.
(312) 626-4527 View (312) 626-4527
Photo of Liz Poetzing, LCPC, Counselor
Liz Poetzing
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
With warmth and compassion, I aim to create a space where you can explore your concerns and feel empowered to make the desired changes in your life. My work is strength-based and rooted in principles of mindfulness and acceptance. I have a holistic perspective, in which I strongly value the role of our environments and cultural experiences on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I utilize techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to provide a Person-Centered approach to my work.
With warmth and compassion, I aim to create a space where you can explore your concerns and feel empowered to make the desired changes in your life. My work is strength-based and rooted in principles of mindfulness and acceptance. I have a holistic perspective, in which I strongly value the role of our environments and cultural experiences on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I utilize techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to provide a Person-Centered approach to my work.
(773) 232-0284 View (773) 232-0284
Photo of Loryn Chás, LCPC
Loryn Chás
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60643
Healthy change is inevitable with awareness and strength to confront the past without shame. Humans perpetuate and withstand emotional wounds. The shame, guilt, and resentment of harmful actions lead to unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, primarily when attempts at vulnerability are judged or unheard. Emotional suppression threatens our well-being. My ecological approach to counseling views diagnoses as coping styles or adaptations to abnormal circumstances and environments. I do NOT see people as problems to be fixed. My integrative approach to counseling designed for healing through mental freedom.
Healthy change is inevitable with awareness and strength to confront the past without shame. Humans perpetuate and withstand emotional wounds. The shame, guilt, and resentment of harmful actions lead to unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, primarily when attempts at vulnerability are judged or unheard. Emotional suppression threatens our well-being. My ecological approach to counseling views diagnoses as coping styles or adaptations to abnormal circumstances and environments. I do NOT see people as problems to be fixed. My integrative approach to counseling designed for healing through mental freedom.
(773) 309-4136 View (773) 309-4136
Photo of Alex Chwalik, LSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Alex Chwalik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60615
Hello! I am a licensed social worker (LSW) with seven years of experience in the mental health field and a Master’s degree from the Simmons School of Social Work. I have trained in a range of clinical settings, working with diverse racial, gender, and sexual identities utilizing a social justice lens. I specialize in work with the LGBTQ+ population, folks questioning their sexuality and gender expression and those who have loved ones doing so who they would like to learn how to support.
Hello! I am a licensed social worker (LSW) with seven years of experience in the mental health field and a Master’s degree from the Simmons School of Social Work. I have trained in a range of clinical settings, working with diverse racial, gender, and sexual identities utilizing a social justice lens. I specialize in work with the LGBTQ+ population, folks questioning their sexuality and gender expression and those who have loved ones doing so who they would like to learn how to support.
(872) 713-6766 View (872) 713-6766
Photo of Joe Mardis, MS, LCPC, Counselor
Joe Mardis
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
I am of the thought that we come into the world a blank slate upon which our experiences are written. What is written is sometimes harmful and may manifest as trauma, abandonment, neglect, etc. Those environmental messages often become unresolved emotional issues carried through life and into relationships. I go beyond the presenting symptoms to identify the root problems. I share my clinical impressions and propose an individualized plan. My treatment approach is generally cognitive-behavioral therapy.
I am of the thought that we come into the world a blank slate upon which our experiences are written. What is written is sometimes harmful and may manifest as trauma, abandonment, neglect, etc. Those environmental messages often become unresolved emotional issues carried through life and into relationships. I go beyond the presenting symptoms to identify the root problems. I share my clinical impressions and propose an individualized plan. My treatment approach is generally cognitive-behavioral therapy.
(312) 766-6595 View (312) 766-6595
Photo of Fran Weinstock, PhD, Psychologist
Fran Weinstock
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Optimize the pleasure of each moment and minimize the fallout from stressful situations, challenging relationships and interpersonal interactions. Gain insight into your perceptions, thoughts, triggers, emotions, reactions and behaviors. Develop strategies to enhance coping skills, boost confidence, modify habits, and increase motivation. Take control and improve the quality of your personal and professional life.
Optimize the pleasure of each moment and minimize the fallout from stressful situations, challenging relationships and interpersonal interactions. Gain insight into your perceptions, thoughts, triggers, emotions, reactions and behaviors. Develop strategies to enhance coping skills, boost confidence, modify habits, and increase motivation. Take control and improve the quality of your personal and professional life.
(872) 267-9167 View (872) 267-9167
Photo of Lucretia Mayer, LCPC, Counselor
Lucretia Mayer
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Lucretia Mayer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2015. Lucretia is uniquely skilled in working with professionals like caregivers, medical professionals, social workers, and counselors, focusing on managing career and emotional burnout, which is increasingly relevant in today's high-stress work/living environments. Her approach is characterized by a deep sense of empathy, respect, sensitivity, and compassion, emphasizing the importance of a supportive and understanding therapeutic relationship.
Lucretia Mayer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2015. Lucretia is uniquely skilled in working with professionals like caregivers, medical professionals, social workers, and counselors, focusing on managing career and emotional burnout, which is increasingly relevant in today's high-stress work/living environments. Her approach is characterized by a deep sense of empathy, respect, sensitivity, and compassion, emphasizing the importance of a supportive and understanding therapeutic relationship.
(708) 554-4293 View (708) 554-4293
Photo of Erin O'Connor, Pre-Licensed Professional
Erin O'Connor
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
I'm passionate about helping folks struggling to give themselves grace and kindness, which is crucial to moving in the direction of the life we want, whatever that may look like for each individual. I work from a sex-positive, stance to help individuals and those in relationships facing the barriers and challenges in a monogamy-centric world. I’m here to partner with my clients to emphasize strengths and foster holistic wellness whether that client(s) is facing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, shame, fear, and or one of the many other challenges that come with being human in today's world.
I'm passionate about helping folks struggling to give themselves grace and kindness, which is crucial to moving in the direction of the life we want, whatever that may look like for each individual. I work from a sex-positive, stance to help individuals and those in relationships facing the barriers and challenges in a monogamy-centric world. I’m here to partner with my clients to emphasize strengths and foster holistic wellness whether that client(s) is facing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, shame, fear, and or one of the many other challenges that come with being human in today's world.
(773) 915-0897 View (773) 915-0897
Photo of Sarah Zimmerman, LCPC
Sarah Zimmerman
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618
Waitlist for new clients
I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor with experience providing individual and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, couples, families, and adults. I specialize in depth-oriented psychotherapy, including play therapy with children, that is focused on long-term change and understanding the challenges that are getting in the way of having fulfilling relationships and becoming who we want to be. I focus on creating a therapeutic relationship that is compassionate, supportive, and collaborative, and my approach is personalized to the unique needs, goals, and strengths of each person.
I’m a licensed clinical professional counselor with experience providing individual and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, couples, families, and adults. I specialize in depth-oriented psychotherapy, including play therapy with children, that is focused on long-term change and understanding the challenges that are getting in the way of having fulfilling relationships and becoming who we want to be. I focus on creating a therapeutic relationship that is compassionate, supportive, and collaborative, and my approach is personalized to the unique needs, goals, and strengths of each person.
(773) 825-8860 View (773) 825-8860
Photo of Mirka Ivanovic, PsyD, Psychologist
Mirka Ivanovic
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
I aim to create a collaborative, genuine and trusting relationship with clients in therapy by infusing curiosity, spontaneity and honesty into how I relate to others. I listen for patterns – how you show up in relationships, how you view yourself or how you experience our work together – in an effort to help you understand yourself better and examine what patterns, if any, are worth changing or reshaping.
I aim to create a collaborative, genuine and trusting relationship with clients in therapy by infusing curiosity, spontaneity and honesty into how I relate to others. I listen for patterns – how you show up in relationships, how you view yourself or how you experience our work together – in an effort to help you understand yourself better and examine what patterns, if any, are worth changing or reshaping.
(708) 809-8647 View (708) 809-8647
Photo of Alexa Keramidas, PhD, Psychologist
Alexa Keramidas
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
I have special interest in working with clients who struggle with self-criticism and desire greater self-compassion and better understanding of themselves. When this self-criticism is related to body image, I work with clients from a Health At Every Size approach. One of my goals for all my clients is that they foster the same genuine compassion toward themselves that they so readily offer to their loved ones. Past clients have shared that our therapy work has felt consistently compassionate, warm, informal, and sensitive to various cultural identities. Some have remarked that therapy felt like confiding in a close friend!
I have special interest in working with clients who struggle with self-criticism and desire greater self-compassion and better understanding of themselves. When this self-criticism is related to body image, I work with clients from a Health At Every Size approach. One of my goals for all my clients is that they foster the same genuine compassion toward themselves that they so readily offer to their loved ones. Past clients have shared that our therapy work has felt consistently compassionate, warm, informal, and sensitive to various cultural identities. Some have remarked that therapy felt like confiding in a close friend!
(312) 598-1672 View (312) 598-1672
Photo of Hayat Nadar, PsyD, Psychologist
Hayat Nadar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60660  (Online Only)
I am a queer BIPOC psychologist and owner of www.thedepthcollective.com, an affirming multicultural, sex-positive, LGBTQIA+, kink, polyamory, gender, and neurodiversity, we address the trauma from systemic oppression and identity-based marginalization. We co-create a space with you to navigate the complexities of identity and the reconciliation of tensions related to familial, relational, and social systems with a focus on healing the psychological impacts of displacement, racism and discrimination. Understanding who we are and our everchanging place in this world, community, and relationships is critical in a life well lived.
I am a queer BIPOC psychologist and owner of www.thedepthcollective.com, an affirming multicultural, sex-positive, LGBTQIA+, kink, polyamory, gender, and neurodiversity, we address the trauma from systemic oppression and identity-based marginalization. We co-create a space with you to navigate the complexities of identity and the reconciliation of tensions related to familial, relational, and social systems with a focus on healing the psychological impacts of displacement, racism and discrimination. Understanding who we are and our everchanging place in this world, community, and relationships is critical in a life well lived.
View
Photo of Carla da Cunha, MA, LCPC, Counselor
Carla da Cunha
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
My clients come to me feeling anxious and overwhelmed and they ask me, how can I somehow feel better? Calmer? In control? Now more than ever people are feeling anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed by how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their mental health. Ignoring your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body, but this does not have to be the way things keep going. Regardless of what has happened, change is possible, and you no longer have to do this alone. I believe people can change and together we can get you to living a life of ease and relief.
My clients come to me feeling anxious and overwhelmed and they ask me, how can I somehow feel better? Calmer? In control? Now more than ever people are feeling anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed by how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their mental health. Ignoring your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body, but this does not have to be the way things keep going. Regardless of what has happened, change is possible, and you no longer have to do this alone. I believe people can change and together we can get you to living a life of ease and relief.
(312) 210-9408 View (312) 210-9408
Photo of Joey Marchese, MSW, Pre-Licensed Professional
Joey Marchese
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
Seeking therapy can be intimidating, but taking this first step shows courage in the face of uncertainty. Therapy is an opportunity for us to explore your goals, interests, and experiences. I am a queer therapist with an approach that is conversational, warm, and humorous, while also being person centered, trauma informed, and always non-judgmental. I have worked with individuals navigating anxiety, depression, life transitions, neurodiversity/ADHD, relationships, stress, trauma, substance use, OCD, and much more. I also enjoy working with folx involved in kink and poly dynamics.
Seeking therapy can be intimidating, but taking this first step shows courage in the face of uncertainty. Therapy is an opportunity for us to explore your goals, interests, and experiences. I am a queer therapist with an approach that is conversational, warm, and humorous, while also being person centered, trauma informed, and always non-judgmental. I have worked with individuals navigating anxiety, depression, life transitions, neurodiversity/ADHD, relationships, stress, trauma, substance use, OCD, and much more. I also enjoy working with folx involved in kink and poly dynamics.
(872) 216-8414 View (872) 216-8414
Mary Ann R Monahan
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60608
My approach is solution focused and strength based. I am nuturing and supportive and will work to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect in an environment that fosters growth and change. I will assist clients to become aware of alternative behaviors as they approach their treatment goals. Treatment goals will seek to increase an overall sense of well being and address challenges they face.
My approach is solution focused and strength based. I am nuturing and supportive and will work to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect in an environment that fosters growth and change. I will assist clients to become aware of alternative behaviors as they approach their treatment goals. Treatment goals will seek to increase an overall sense of well being and address challenges they face.
(872) 231-3319 View (872) 231-3319
Photo of Minh Dong, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Minh Dong
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
Choosing therapy can be a daunting task, but when you do, it shows that you have incredible strength and a strong desire to invest in yourself. Whether you are coming in to understand parts of yourself, navigating difficult interpersonal relationships, or striving to have a more authentic self, it is my pleasure to assist you along the way. I am a queer-identifying Asian Therapist who is a strong advocate for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities who deals with everyday struggles and issues. I utilize a strength-based and client centered approach to foster a safe and supporting environment.
Choosing therapy can be a daunting task, but when you do, it shows that you have incredible strength and a strong desire to invest in yourself. Whether you are coming in to understand parts of yourself, navigating difficult interpersonal relationships, or striving to have a more authentic self, it is my pleasure to assist you along the way. I am a queer-identifying Asian Therapist who is a strong advocate for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities who deals with everyday struggles and issues. I utilize a strength-based and client centered approach to foster a safe and supporting environment.
(708) 726-6357 View (708) 726-6357
Photo of Christine Carpenter - Christine Carpenter and Associates, PsyD, Psychologist
Christine Carpenter and Associates
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
(She/Her/Hers) Over the years, I have built a practice devoted to improving the lives of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, struggling with a number of different issues. More recently, I have shifted my focus from clinical practice to the training of pre-licensed and early career therapists. I very much enjoy mentoring as it gives me the opportunity to share all that I have learned in my two decades of providing psychotherapy.
(She/Her/Hers) Over the years, I have built a practice devoted to improving the lives of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, struggling with a number of different issues. More recently, I have shifted my focus from clinical practice to the training of pre-licensed and early career therapists. I very much enjoy mentoring as it gives me the opportunity to share all that I have learned in my two decades of providing psychotherapy.
(773) 888-0757 View (773) 888-0757
Photo of Alex Ragsdale, ALMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Alex Ragsdale
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, ALMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Waitlist for new clients
As a relational therapist, I focus on supporting and witnessing clients in finding healing, connection, conflict resolution, and repair to ultimately build a life and relationships that honor their values and imagination. Therapy is an opportunity for liberation from dominant social narratives that don’t work for us as individuals or in our relationships, and I recognize the intergenerational and ongoing trauma of struggling against those dominant narratives. All relationships can benefit from this lens – whether they're romantic, platonic, brand new, long-term, with others, or with parts of yourself.
As a relational therapist, I focus on supporting and witnessing clients in finding healing, connection, conflict resolution, and repair to ultimately build a life and relationships that honor their values and imagination. Therapy is an opportunity for liberation from dominant social narratives that don’t work for us as individuals or in our relationships, and I recognize the intergenerational and ongoing trauma of struggling against those dominant narratives. All relationships can benefit from this lens – whether they're romantic, platonic, brand new, long-term, with others, or with parts of yourself.
View
Photo of Amaryllis Rivera, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Amaryllis Rivera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60651  (Online Only)
Taking the initial step to seek therapy can bring a roller coaster of emotions and even hesitation. It's ok - you are not alone. The fact you made it to this sentence is an amazing first step. Welcome! Everyone is different with different needs, and I believe in tailoring my modalities based on my client's specific goals. This is about you and what you need.
Taking the initial step to seek therapy can bring a roller coaster of emotions and even hesitation. It's ok - you are not alone. The fact you made it to this sentence is an amazing first step. Welcome! Everyone is different with different needs, and I believe in tailoring my modalities based on my client's specific goals. This is about you and what you need.
(847) 558-7601 View (847) 558-7601
Photo of Joe Potaczek, PsyD, Psychologist
Joe Potaczek
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
People are able to make positive changes in their lives. Do you find yourself unhappy, depressed or anxious? Does it feel that no matter what you have tried, nothing changes? I help clients in positively addressing unhelpful patterns and to become unstuck from negative emotions and life situations.
People are able to make positive changes in their lives. Do you find yourself unhappy, depressed or anxious? Does it feel that no matter what you have tried, nothing changes? I help clients in positively addressing unhelpful patterns and to become unstuck from negative emotions and life situations.
(312) 698-3727 View (312) 698-3727

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
79% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% Life Transitions
66% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
62% Aetna
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Chicago, IL see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
19% 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.