Couples Counseling Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Samantha Barker
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60606
Asking for help isn't easy and takes a great deal of courage. I greatly respect the individuals I work with and do my best to make their experience one that feels healing and encouraging. I work with children, teens, and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic medical conditions, trauma, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. I utilize a warm and thoughtful approach to create a genuine and collaborative partnership with each individual I work with.
Asking for help isn't easy and takes a great deal of courage. I greatly respect the individuals I work with and do my best to make their experience one that feels healing and encouraging. I work with children, teens, and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic medical conditions, trauma, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. I utilize a warm and thoughtful approach to create a genuine and collaborative partnership with each individual I work with.
(224) 701-3603 View (224) 701-3603
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Vanessa Magallanes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
As a therapist, experiencing individuals meet their personalized goals set in therapy has been the most rewarding experience. Individuals choose to begin this journey of themselves for themselves knowing that they are strong enough to become the best versions of themselves. I have experience providing individual and family therapy. I have experience assisting individuals presenting with concerns related to depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship or family issues, and racial identity.
As a therapist, experiencing individuals meet their personalized goals set in therapy has been the most rewarding experience. Individuals choose to begin this journey of themselves for themselves knowing that they are strong enough to become the best versions of themselves. I have experience providing individual and family therapy. I have experience assisting individuals presenting with concerns related to depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship or family issues, and racial identity.
(872) 219-0191 x502 View (872) 219-0191 x502
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Leon Abbey
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60603
I revere the uniqueness of each individual and couple on their journey. I believe that the unfolding of one's narrative requires witness and validation, fostering insights into oneself and others. It involves nurturing a secure, cooperative, and culturally attuned therapeutic environment that honors identity and choice. I integrate various therapeutic modalities, informed by cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, solution-focused, and Gottman methods couples therapy. Additionally, I have undergone comprehensive training in EMDR and continually pursue ongoing education to expand its use to treat a range of distressing events.
I revere the uniqueness of each individual and couple on their journey. I believe that the unfolding of one's narrative requires witness and validation, fostering insights into oneself and others. It involves nurturing a secure, cooperative, and culturally attuned therapeutic environment that honors identity and choice. I integrate various therapeutic modalities, informed by cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, solution-focused, and Gottman methods couples therapy. Additionally, I have undergone comprehensive training in EMDR and continually pursue ongoing education to expand its use to treat a range of distressing events.
(847) 595-5860 x8420 View (847) 595-5860 x8420
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Kevin Owens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Have you stopped feeling like yourself, or you don't recognize yourself in the mirror anymore? Are you afraid you are slowly losing your significant other or having vicious fights and don't know how to resolve them? Are you having thoughts or feelings that disturb you and you don't know who to talk to? Are you haunted by the past and you can't seem to move on? Maybe you are scared by your own thoughts and feelings and don't know where to turn, or you feel empty or are looking for meaning. I work with individuals, couples and families from a broad array of backgrounds, lifestyles and issues experienced.
Have you stopped feeling like yourself, or you don't recognize yourself in the mirror anymore? Are you afraid you are slowly losing your significant other or having vicious fights and don't know how to resolve them? Are you having thoughts or feelings that disturb you and you don't know who to talk to? Are you haunted by the past and you can't seem to move on? Maybe you are scared by your own thoughts and feelings and don't know where to turn, or you feel empty or are looking for meaning. I work with individuals, couples and families from a broad array of backgrounds, lifestyles and issues experienced.
(773) 922-6987 View (773) 922-6987
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Gregory J Harms
Psychologist, PsyD, LCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
As a health psychologist, I work with clients who have physical and emotional conditions that are getting in the way of being able to live the lives they want. I help clients identify and follow through on changes they can make to improve their well-being. I use a behavioral approach supplemented with biofeedback and hypnosis. I also work with couples who are struggling to find ways to get closer together and feel like they are truly partners in their relationship. The key to my approach is to find effective ways to get what you want from your life.
As a health psychologist, I work with clients who have physical and emotional conditions that are getting in the way of being able to live the lives they want. I help clients identify and follow through on changes they can make to improve their well-being. I use a behavioral approach supplemented with biofeedback and hypnosis. I also work with couples who are struggling to find ways to get closer together and feel like they are truly partners in their relationship. The key to my approach is to find effective ways to get what you want from your life.
(773) 985-3895 View (773) 985-3895
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David Kullgren
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60641  (Online Only)
I work with individuals, couples, and families, with a focus on how family and experiences in childhood form the template for future adult relationships.
Depression, anxiety, loneliness, conflict; these affect all of us, from children to old age, so why not have tools and insights to fight against them? I am a strong believer in creating a safe, warm, non-judgmental space for people to be seen, heard, and to have their problems validated and addressed. Through our work we can use your own strengths and insights to help create the best version of you. With a combination of skills including introspection, boundaries, and healthy communication, we can help you realize your full potential in life.
I work with individuals, couples, and families, with a focus on how family and experiences in childhood form the template for future adult relationships.
Depression, anxiety, loneliness, conflict; these affect all of us, from children to old age, so why not have tools and insights to fight against them? I am a strong believer in creating a safe, warm, non-judgmental space for people to be seen, heard, and to have their problems validated and addressed. Through our work we can use your own strengths and insights to help create the best version of you. With a combination of skills including introspection, boundaries, and healthy communication, we can help you realize your full potential in life.
(872) 401-6524 View (872) 401-6524
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Donna Vinegar
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60643  (Online Only)
Most couples want a marriage where they can be vulnerable with each other. Where intimacy and loyalty come together and create a beautiful friendship where they can experience the fullness of life together. The problem is, many couples often feel isolated and uncared for because of unmet expectations, miscommunication, and mistrust. I know it's frustrating when you feel like you aren't on the same team or how sad it feels when you second-guess if you made the right choice when you said “I do.”
Most couples want a marriage where they can be vulnerable with each other. Where intimacy and loyalty come together and create a beautiful friendship where they can experience the fullness of life together. The problem is, many couples often feel isolated and uncared for because of unmet expectations, miscommunication, and mistrust. I know it's frustrating when you feel like you aren't on the same team or how sad it feels when you second-guess if you made the right choice when you said “I do.”
(331) 215-9723 View (331) 215-9723
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Taylor Vaca
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
I have worked with individuals, couples, and families across a variety of concerns. This has included, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, suicidality, trauma, couple/family conflict, stress management, intimate partner violence, and parent/sibling issues. I have experience working with a diverse caseload, including racial and/or ethnic minority clients, clients identifying as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as clients within the polyamorous community.
I have worked with individuals, couples, and families across a variety of concerns. This has included, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, suicidality, trauma, couple/family conflict, stress management, intimate partner violence, and parent/sibling issues. I have experience working with a diverse caseload, including racial and/or ethnic minority clients, clients identifying as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as clients within the polyamorous community.
(708) 809-2975 View (708) 809-2975
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Richard Wendel
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614  (Online Only)
As a family therapist I am trained to work with individuals, couples (or parent-child dyads), and families.
As a therapist I try to keep two sides of me fully present in our conversations. The first is who I am as a person, striving to feel what the concerns you bring to me must be like "on the inside." The other side is my commitment to the science of what is helpful to people. Through these inner conversations I strive very hard to help you find the care you need. What sets therapy apart from other conversations is the knowledge and experience we bring to our time together. I strive to do this in a personal way.
As a family therapist I am trained to work with individuals, couples (or parent-child dyads), and families.
As a therapist I try to keep two sides of me fully present in our conversations. The first is who I am as a person, striving to feel what the concerns you bring to me must be like "on the inside." The other side is my commitment to the science of what is helpful to people. Through these inner conversations I strive very hard to help you find the care you need. What sets therapy apart from other conversations is the knowledge and experience we bring to our time together. I strive to do this in a personal way.
(773) 901-1020 View (773) 901-1020
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Bridges to Wellness
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60643
We have experience with anxiety, depression, sexual assault and various types of relationship concerns.
We believe that being the best version of ourselves requires work. Many things can obstruct our path toward self-improvement. We enjoy accompanying our clients on their path and helping them to overcome their challenges. Individuals often become entrenched in patterns of behavior and relationships that are difficult to escape. But if we can assist our clients in honestly assessing their motivations, we believe they can live authentic, meaningful lives every day.
We have experience with anxiety, depression, sexual assault and various types of relationship concerns.
We believe that being the best version of ourselves requires work. Many things can obstruct our path toward self-improvement. We enjoy accompanying our clients on their path and helping them to overcome their challenges. Individuals often become entrenched in patterns of behavior and relationships that are difficult to escape. But if we can assist our clients in honestly assessing their motivations, we believe they can live authentic, meaningful lives every day.
(773) 796-3984 View (773) 796-3984
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Mialauni Griggs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Couples and family therapy are my specialty.
It is not always easy to reach out to a stranger for help, yet you know you are ready to make a change in your life. My focus is on helping clients by understanding systemic or external factors that may impact your relationship with yourself and others. With that understanding we then work together to use that understanding to influence how we treat ourselves and engage the world around us.
Couples and family therapy are my specialty.
It is not always easy to reach out to a stranger for help, yet you know you are ready to make a change in your life. My focus is on helping clients by understanding systemic or external factors that may impact your relationship with yourself and others. With that understanding we then work together to use that understanding to influence how we treat ourselves and engage the world around us.
(312) 262-2537 View (312) 262-2537
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Life Aligned Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60605
NOW Accepting New Clients! We are here to support you. Life Aligned Counseling offers individual and couples counseling services. Our team of therapists has experience in a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, loss and grief, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-concept, family conflict, stress management, spirituality, significant life transitions, lgbtqia+ concerns, women's issues, men's issues, etc.
NOW Accepting New Clients! We are here to support you. Life Aligned Counseling offers individual and couples counseling services. Our team of therapists has experience in a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, loss and grief, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-concept, family conflict, stress management, spirituality, significant life transitions, lgbtqia+ concerns, women's issues, men's issues, etc.
(312) 465-4221 View (312) 465-4221
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Dr. Trina Armstrong
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
I specialize in childhood and sexual trauma, grief, life transitions, and couples and families.
Thank you for stepping out of the shadows so you don't feel invisible to important people. To create the relationships you desire, you must face the causes of anxiety, depression, perfectionism, procrastination, self-criticism, or insecurities. The time has come for you to love yourself unconditionally and put yourself first! My goal is to help you feel more connected, empowered, and secure in your life and relationships, whether it's your first time in therapy, your return, or you're looking for a new therapist. Now is your time!
I specialize in childhood and sexual trauma, grief, life transitions, and couples and families.
Thank you for stepping out of the shadows so you don't feel invisible to important people. To create the relationships you desire, you must face the causes of anxiety, depression, perfectionism, procrastination, self-criticism, or insecurities. The time has come for you to love yourself unconditionally and put yourself first! My goal is to help you feel more connected, empowered, and secure in your life and relationships, whether it's your first time in therapy, your return, or you're looking for a new therapist. Now is your time!
(312) 616-5438 View (312) 616-5438
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Sylvia Corcoran
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MCEd
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
I view the therapy relationship as a partnership and support individuals to rewrite their narrative and become their most authentic selves and live their best life.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to providing competent, compassionate therapeutic services to those managing the challenges of life. I specialize in working with those living with depression, anxiety, issues related to spirituality, survivors of trauma, those in recovery (from racism and other forms of oppression). I enjoy working with older adults.
I view the therapy relationship as a partnership and support individuals to rewrite their narrative and become their most authentic selves and live their best life.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to providing competent, compassionate therapeutic services to those managing the challenges of life. I specialize in working with those living with depression, anxiety, issues related to spirituality, survivors of trauma, those in recovery (from racism and other forms of oppression). I enjoy working with older adults.
(773) 207-3278 View (773) 207-3278
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Deborah Gorton
Psychologist, PhD, LCP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
I work in collaboration with my clients to help move them towards reaching their full potential. I utilize both coaching techniques and research-validated behavioral change strategies in order to provide meaningful and lasting change. My experience and interest is in working with individuals, couples, and families. I understand that each professional relationship requires creativity, an understanding of the unique experiences and perspectives each individuals brings to the table, and a solid foundation of trust.
I work in collaboration with my clients to help move them towards reaching their full potential. I utilize both coaching techniques and research-validated behavioral change strategies in order to provide meaningful and lasting change. My experience and interest is in working with individuals, couples, and families. I understand that each professional relationship requires creativity, an understanding of the unique experiences and perspectives each individuals brings to the table, and a solid foundation of trust.
(312) 625-1758 View (312) 625-1758
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Carissa Hwu
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60661  (Online Only)
In therapy, I aim to create a therapist-client relationship that can be used as a vehicle for healing and positive change.
I'm a Taiwanese/Chinese second-generation immigrant who grew up in the Midwest. Born to first-generation immigrants, I've witnessed the ways my parents’ migration experiences and has worked to understand and break cycles of generational trauma. I've dealt with the forces of assimilation, gendered and racialized identity formation, and the need to establish a sense of belonging within an immigrant family surrounded by predominantly Christian, white communities. I've worked with individuals/couples that are challenged by anxiety, trauma, depression, stress, family/relationship conflicts, racial/sexual identities, LGBTQ+ issues, etc.
In therapy, I aim to create a therapist-client relationship that can be used as a vehicle for healing and positive change.
I'm a Taiwanese/Chinese second-generation immigrant who grew up in the Midwest. Born to first-generation immigrants, I've witnessed the ways my parents’ migration experiences and has worked to understand and break cycles of generational trauma. I've dealt with the forces of assimilation, gendered and racialized identity formation, and the need to establish a sense of belonging within an immigrant family surrounded by predominantly Christian, white communities. I've worked with individuals/couples that are challenged by anxiety, trauma, depression, stress, family/relationship conflicts, racial/sexual identities, LGBTQ+ issues, etc.
(312) 874-6576 View (312) 874-6576
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Centro Castillo for Personal & Family Wellbeing
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
A group practice with years of combined experience with as ind, couples, or family.
At Centro Castillo for Personal and Family Wellbeing, our therapists strongly believe that we understand a person as part of their culture and family upbringing. Together we will discover what motivates you and use this knowledge to increase self-awareness in how you feel, think and act. With this insight, the ultimate goal is make the best decisions that will leave you feeling better and live a happier life. With 14 therapist in 3 offices throughout the city (Lakeview, Pilsen, and near Oak Park) we look forward to helping you and your family.
A group practice with years of combined experience with as ind, couples, or family.
At Centro Castillo for Personal and Family Wellbeing, our therapists strongly believe that we understand a person as part of their culture and family upbringing. Together we will discover what motivates you and use this knowledge to increase self-awareness in how you feel, think and act. With this insight, the ultimate goal is make the best decisions that will leave you feeling better and live a happier life. With 14 therapist in 3 offices throughout the city (Lakeview, Pilsen, and near Oak Park) we look forward to helping you and your family.
(773) 622-6218 View (773) 622-6218
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Dillon Dostal
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I regularly treat individuals that are dealing with the following issues: LGBTQIA+ related concerns- The current climate can feel exhausting for our community, and I am here to help you navigate and process the stress of it all. From family interaction, couples' counseling, or just simply existing as a queer person in a heteronormative world, let's talk about it. Anxiety- Do you find yourself often ruminating on a difficult conversation with a loved one or struggling to "let things go?" Therapists Seeking Therapy- It's important to make sure we as clinicians are taking care of ourselves as we navigate a tough career field.
I regularly treat individuals that are dealing with the following issues: LGBTQIA+ related concerns- The current climate can feel exhausting for our community, and I am here to help you navigate and process the stress of it all. From family interaction, couples' counseling, or just simply existing as a queer person in a heteronormative world, let's talk about it. Anxiety- Do you find yourself often ruminating on a difficult conversation with a loved one or struggling to "let things go?" Therapists Seeking Therapy- It's important to make sure we as clinicians are taking care of ourselves as we navigate a tough career field.
(773) 916-5619 View (773) 916-5619
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Patrice K Quehl
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
I provide individual, and couples' therapy.
My areas of expertise include relational concerns, anxiety/depression, emotion regulation, young-adult development and life transitions (moves, school/career, divorce/separation, etc.) Interpersonal difficulties with repetitive arguments, communication and messaging, lack of understanding, stonewalling/withdrawal, infidelity, difficulty navigating needs and expectations. Together we will identify patterns, stressors, the role of beliefs, goals and emotions in motivating behavior. Life comes with problems, and success is dependent on navigating the ups and downs.
I provide individual, and couples' therapy.
My areas of expertise include relational concerns, anxiety/depression, emotion regulation, young-adult development and life transitions (moves, school/career, divorce/separation, etc.) Interpersonal difficulties with repetitive arguments, communication and messaging, lack of understanding, stonewalling/withdrawal, infidelity, difficulty navigating needs and expectations. Together we will identify patterns, stressors, the role of beliefs, goals and emotions in motivating behavior. Life comes with problems, and success is dependent on navigating the ups and downs.
(312) 667-3940 View (312) 667-3940
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Tomika S. Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60622  (Online Only)
I specialize in depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, African-American trauma, Christian Therapy, grief, and ADHD.
This world can be overwhelming from managing day to day stressors to dealings with childhood trauma that is affecting your relationships today...yet you have made it this far! You and I both know it takes an especially resilient person to still stand after the trials and tribulations. If you are looking for a therapist to help identify your power, your strengths and will also assist you in achieving your goals, you may contact me for a consultation to see if my approach can help you on your journey.
I specialize in depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, African-American trauma, Christian Therapy, grief, and ADHD.
This world can be overwhelming from managing day to day stressors to dealings with childhood trauma that is affecting your relationships today...yet you have made it this far! You and I both know it takes an especially resilient person to still stand after the trials and tribulations. If you are looking for a therapist to help identify your power, your strengths and will also assist you in achieving your goals, you may contact me for a consultation to see if my approach can help you on your journey.
(773) 902-0961 View (773) 902-0961
Couples Counseling Therapists

Does couples counseling work?

Research shows that couples counseling is effective; it can reduce relationship distress and improve emotional awareness, communication, empathy, intimacy, and overall relationship satisfaction. For example, emotionally focused therapy was found to be effective for about 75 percent of couples, and those benefits lasted at least two years.

When should a couple seek counseling?

Couples can benefit from counseling if they consistently struggle in their relationship. They may have lost the ability to communicate effectively, become entrenched in harmful patterns, begun to fight more than usual, broken the other’s trust, suffered from a mental or physical illness, or faced any number of other challenges. Many therapists offer free consultations, so if a couple isn’t sure whether therapy is necessary, asking directly can provide clarity.

How can I get my partner to go to couples therapy?

The decision to seek couples therapy is often driven by one partner, who then convinces the other to participate. When discussing the idea, the initiator should be direct and assertive. They can state the problems they see and explain how the relationship would benefit from therapy. In more serious cases, they can also explain how their relationship may suffer without making any changes or seeking professional help.

How does a couple prepare for couples counseling?

The anticipation of beginning couples counseling can be difficult—sometimes more difficult than the first session itself. Taking a few moments to reflect can allay those concerns: What are the current challenges? When and how did they begin? What do they want the relationship to look like in the future? Reflecting on these questions can help individuals or couples articulate their goals. Of course, the therapist will also ask questions and guide couples through the process.