Self Esteem Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Anancia Stafford
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60603
*****IMPORTANT-I currently have NO availability and cannot accept new patients at this time, I will update this message when availability opens****** I am a firm believer that seeking wellness is the first step in gaining control over your life and achieving your goals. I serve as a passenger alongside clients in their journey and we collaborate on ways to address concerns and ways to improve and grow. I embrace diversity of all kinds and believe that our unique differences are what makes the world interesting and vibrant.
*****IMPORTANT-I currently have NO availability and cannot accept new patients at this time, I will update this message when availability opens****** I am a firm believer that seeking wellness is the first step in gaining control over your life and achieving your goals. I serve as a passenger alongside clients in their journey and we collaborate on ways to address concerns and ways to improve and grow. I embrace diversity of all kinds and believe that our unique differences are what makes the world interesting and vibrant.
(773) 825-3628 View (773) 825-3628
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Madeline McDonnell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
I support clients in finding clarity, understanding themselves more deeply, and taking steps towards creating the kind of life they want to experience. My clients feel lost or overwhelmed and want something to change, but may not know where to start. Together, we work to understand how unprocessed emotions and past experiences are getting in the way of their wellbeing in the form of anxious thoughts, unhelpful relationship patterns, or negative self-talk. My clients want to build tools to become more self-aware, cope with challenges, and feel more satisfied in their personal relationships.
I support clients in finding clarity, understanding themselves more deeply, and taking steps towards creating the kind of life they want to experience. My clients feel lost or overwhelmed and want something to change, but may not know where to start. Together, we work to understand how unprocessed emotions and past experiences are getting in the way of their wellbeing in the form of anxious thoughts, unhelpful relationship patterns, or negative self-talk. My clients want to build tools to become more self-aware, cope with challenges, and feel more satisfied in their personal relationships.
(312) 854-7750 View (312) 854-7750
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Jessica E. Washington
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
I used to think that “success” was based on results. I focused on hard metrics to see if I was doing well. I always dreamed of owning a luxury brand purse and thought that if I could buy one, I’ve made it. But those purses are thousands of dollars and when I saw other people have one I felt inferior. Why are they ahead and I’m not? When I didn’t live up to these measures of success, I felt like a failure and started thinking that I was an imposter. Overtime, I learned how to succeed in my own way. I specialize in helping people find their own success by replacing negative self-talk with inner strength.
I used to think that “success” was based on results. I focused on hard metrics to see if I was doing well. I always dreamed of owning a luxury brand purse and thought that if I could buy one, I’ve made it. But those purses are thousands of dollars and when I saw other people have one I felt inferior. Why are they ahead and I’m not? When I didn’t live up to these measures of success, I felt like a failure and started thinking that I was an imposter. Overtime, I learned how to succeed in my own way. I specialize in helping people find their own success by replacing negative self-talk with inner strength.
(312) 779-1929 View (312) 779-1929
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Zubia Siddiqui
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640  (Online Only)
My purpose is to do work to create change that is sustainable. A change that has space for complexity, reparation, and relating through difference. I have a plan, an offering, and a vision that I want to share with others to improve their quality of life. I want to help those that struggle with and question whether what they are doing matters. As a psychotherapist, the goal is for my clients to tap into their own power to create a positive change for themselves, while also helping to create a world that praises the uniqueness of each person and where humility and compassion are a given.
My purpose is to do work to create change that is sustainable. A change that has space for complexity, reparation, and relating through difference. I have a plan, an offering, and a vision that I want to share with others to improve their quality of life. I want to help those that struggle with and question whether what they are doing matters. As a psychotherapist, the goal is for my clients to tap into their own power to create a positive change for themselves, while also helping to create a world that praises the uniqueness of each person and where humility and compassion are a given.
(773) 729-6622 x528 View (773) 729-6622 x528
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Dana Pavlik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW , BCBA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you need an ally or advocate in your life? Would you like someone to listen to you and help you reach your goals? If your goals include working with and befriending anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and/or not sure of your life path, I can help. Additionally, if you are seeking assistance with increasing self-advocacy, assertiveness, and behavioral issues, I can help facilitate this process. If you are looking for a collaborative relationship with someone who is empathetic, compassionate, and relatable, I am happy to fill that role.
Do you feel like you need an ally or advocate in your life? Would you like someone to listen to you and help you reach your goals? If your goals include working with and befriending anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and/or not sure of your life path, I can help. Additionally, if you are seeking assistance with increasing self-advocacy, assertiveness, and behavioral issues, I can help facilitate this process. If you are looking for a collaborative relationship with someone who is empathetic, compassionate, and relatable, I am happy to fill that role.
(773) 207-2042 View (773) 207-2042
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Amit Kakkar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60630
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. I have fifteen years of specialized experience in providing therapy in English and Spanish to children, adolescents, and adults. I bring with me a wealth of expertise in multiple outpatient/inpatient settings including: community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, college counseling centers, residential treatment centers for adolescents, and EAP companies. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety/panic, self-esteem, dating/relationship issues, trauma, and multicultural issues. Our practice has two locations. Our Jefferson Park and Logan Square offices are both conveniently located close to the CTA Blue Line. Se habla español.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with New Insights Behavioral Health Services. I have fifteen years of specialized experience in providing therapy in English and Spanish to children, adolescents, and adults. I bring with me a wealth of expertise in multiple outpatient/inpatient settings including: community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, college counseling centers, residential treatment centers for adolescents, and EAP companies. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety/panic, self-esteem, dating/relationship issues, trauma, and multicultural issues. Our practice has two locations. Our Jefferson Park and Logan Square offices are both conveniently located close to the CTA Blue Line. Se habla español.
(847) 278-4535 View (847) 278-4535
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Brian Hyland
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd , LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
My clients tell me I’m warm, supportive, down-to-earth, insightful, approachable, and genuine. Some of my common areas of interest are working with young adults experiencing life transitions, those who identify with "people pleasing" or "perfectionist" tendencies, individuals having relationship issues, dads, parenting, and self-esteem issues. My goal is to collaborate with you where you are at to begin to process these experiences and develop skills and awareness about yourself for you to grow. I believe every person deserves to be validated and have a safe space to feel and be heard.
My clients tell me I’m warm, supportive, down-to-earth, insightful, approachable, and genuine. Some of my common areas of interest are working with young adults experiencing life transitions, those who identify with "people pleasing" or "perfectionist" tendencies, individuals having relationship issues, dads, parenting, and self-esteem issues. My goal is to collaborate with you where you are at to begin to process these experiences and develop skills and awareness about yourself for you to grow. I believe every person deserves to be validated and have a safe space to feel and be heard.
(312) 313-0191 View (312) 313-0191
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Dr. Hannah Pavett
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Are you aiming to live your life in greater alignment with your values? I am here to support you in making positive changes in your life, all while fostering a more compassionate relationship with yourself. I approach therapy with empathy, warmth, and genuineness while maintaining a balance of being gently challenging to help reach your goals. I am passionate about working with young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, disordered eating/body image concerns, and self-esteem issues. I aim to provide a safe, empowering, and nonjudgmental space where you can find the courage to be your authentic self while promoting growth.
Are you aiming to live your life in greater alignment with your values? I am here to support you in making positive changes in your life, all while fostering a more compassionate relationship with yourself. I approach therapy with empathy, warmth, and genuineness while maintaining a balance of being gently challenging to help reach your goals. I am passionate about working with young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, disordered eating/body image concerns, and self-esteem issues. I aim to provide a safe, empowering, and nonjudgmental space where you can find the courage to be your authentic self while promoting growth.
(872) 274-2410 View (872) 274-2410
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Jessica C Garcia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60638  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with those who are dealing with anxiety, ADHD, impaired self esteem/confidence, depression, relationship issues (family, partner, children, parents, friends, pet, etc), employment issues, school issues, societal issues, etc. My ideal client's ultimate goal is to feel at peace, centered, confident and capable. They want to identify triggers, identify healthy/safe coping skills, develop relapse prevention skills, develop healthy boundaries, gain meaningful employment and feel confident in their ability to maintain their level of happiness long term.
I enjoy working with those who are dealing with anxiety, ADHD, impaired self esteem/confidence, depression, relationship issues (family, partner, children, parents, friends, pet, etc), employment issues, school issues, societal issues, etc. My ideal client's ultimate goal is to feel at peace, centered, confident and capable. They want to identify triggers, identify healthy/safe coping skills, develop relapse prevention skills, develop healthy boundaries, gain meaningful employment and feel confident in their ability to maintain their level of happiness long term.
(773) 839-6603 View (773) 839-6603
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Jessica Pontis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Whether you've seen a therapist before, or are reaching out for support for the first time, beginning with new therapist can feel scary or uncertain. I respect these feelings and work with my clients to create an empowering dynamic. I believe in the power of an honest, open, and empathetic space of healing. When individuals feel heard, validated, and supported in a non-judgmental environment that's when the healing begins, and I try my best to create exactly that for my clients. I strive to assist clients in navigating their lives to help them reach their goals by focusing on a person's uniqueness and individual strengths.
Whether you've seen a therapist before, or are reaching out for support for the first time, beginning with new therapist can feel scary or uncertain. I respect these feelings and work with my clients to create an empowering dynamic. I believe in the power of an honest, open, and empathetic space of healing. When individuals feel heard, validated, and supported in a non-judgmental environment that's when the healing begins, and I try my best to create exactly that for my clients. I strive to assist clients in navigating their lives to help them reach their goals by focusing on a person's uniqueness and individual strengths.
(773) 902-0691 View (773) 902-0691
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Kristen M. Granchalek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Finding the right therapist can be hard work, but you're in the right place. I specialize in working with adults and couples in transition. I have experience facilitating change related to depression, anxiety, stress management, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, pregnancy or parenthood, and professional or educational transitions. At your first visit, we will focus on what brings you to therapy and what you are hoping to achieve.
Finding the right therapist can be hard work, but you're in the right place. I specialize in working with adults and couples in transition. I have experience facilitating change related to depression, anxiety, stress management, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, pregnancy or parenthood, and professional or educational transitions. At your first visit, we will focus on what brings you to therapy and what you are hoping to achieve.
(312) 800-1628 View (312) 800-1628
Photo of Samantha Perry, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Samantha Perry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Many of my clients are working through identity related concerns, low self esteem, religious deconstruction, or suicidal ideation.
I became a therapist because I believe that change is always possible, and that humans have an inherent ability to heal and transform when they feel safe, heard, and connected. I understand that sometimes patterns of thinking, difficult emotions, or past circumstances feel like they pull us away from living life fully. In session, I will work with you to identify your strengths, increase self-compassion, create safety in your body, and expand your capacity to respond in the face of life’s difficult moments. I'm also a big believer in the power of humor, and encourage you to bring your full selves into our work together.
Many of my clients are working through identity related concerns, low self esteem, religious deconstruction, or suicidal ideation.
I became a therapist because I believe that change is always possible, and that humans have an inherent ability to heal and transform when they feel safe, heard, and connected. I understand that sometimes patterns of thinking, difficult emotions, or past circumstances feel like they pull us away from living life fully. In session, I will work with you to identify your strengths, increase self-compassion, create safety in your body, and expand your capacity to respond in the face of life’s difficult moments. I'm also a big believer in the power of humor, and encourage you to bring your full selves into our work together.
(872) 278-5088 x2 View (872) 278-5088 x2
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Marta S Micko
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Marta, Why just survive when we can thrive? This is the question we need to ask ourselves when thinking about starting therapy. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor that has worked extensively with individuals struggling with relationship dissatisfaction and other relational issues, depression, anxiety, anger and emotion management, emotional eating, panic attacks, trauma, struggles with self-esteem, stress-management and burnout, difficulties with parenting or co-parenting, career related hurdles and work dissatisfaction, adult ADHD, OCD, and intrusive thoughts.
Hi! My name is Marta, Why just survive when we can thrive? This is the question we need to ask ourselves when thinking about starting therapy. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor that has worked extensively with individuals struggling with relationship dissatisfaction and other relational issues, depression, anxiety, anger and emotion management, emotional eating, panic attacks, trauma, struggles with self-esteem, stress-management and burnout, difficulties with parenting or co-parenting, career related hurdles and work dissatisfaction, adult ADHD, OCD, and intrusive thoughts.
(708) 419-3877 View (708) 419-3877
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Katherine L Ross
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I find myself most aligned with my calling when I am able to create spaces of healing alongside individuals from all walks of life. I assist in defining who clients aspire to be rather than what is expected of them. Together we will explore ways to increase self esteem, self respect, and self worth. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the individual needs of each client. I provide a structure to guide individuals to access self love. Through this process we will work to unpack each client's unique narrative; In order to then reauthor their understanding of who they are.
I find myself most aligned with my calling when I am able to create spaces of healing alongside individuals from all walks of life. I assist in defining who clients aspire to be rather than what is expected of them. Together we will explore ways to increase self esteem, self respect, and self worth. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the individual needs of each client. I provide a structure to guide individuals to access self love. Through this process we will work to unpack each client's unique narrative; In order to then reauthor their understanding of who they are.
(872) 395-4804 View (872) 395-4804
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Emily L Franchi
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
I am the owner and psychotherapist at Essential Therapy Chicago. I've had years of experience helping clients grow and find emotional healing in private practice settings. In my work, I aim to create an open, welcoming therapy environment where clients feel empowered to make positive changes in their personal lives and relationships. I work with clients to identify their strengths and to set goals of therapy that are exciting and motivating. I base my practice on an integrative approach which allows me to not only provide short-term symptom relief and mood stabilization, but also to foster longer-term growth and self-explorations.
I am the owner and psychotherapist at Essential Therapy Chicago. I've had years of experience helping clients grow and find emotional healing in private practice settings. In my work, I aim to create an open, welcoming therapy environment where clients feel empowered to make positive changes in their personal lives and relationships. I work with clients to identify their strengths and to set goals of therapy that are exciting and motivating. I base my practice on an integrative approach which allows me to not only provide short-term symptom relief and mood stabilization, but also to foster longer-term growth and self-explorations.
(872) 252-7914 View (872) 252-7914
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Samantha Gasaway
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Reaching out to a therapist can feel vulnerable and overwhelming–I’ve been there too. I remember the fear and self-doubt involved in asking for help, but most importantly, I remember the therapists who helped me through. I’d love to do the same for you.
Reaching out to a therapist can feel vulnerable and overwhelming–I’ve been there too. I remember the fear and self-doubt involved in asking for help, but most importantly, I remember the therapists who helped me through. I’d love to do the same for you.
(872) 278-5714 View (872) 278-5714
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Novella Blackmon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60605
Hi there! Are you struggling with a silent war of anxiety, depression, & PTSD? Are you unsure on how to build your self-esteem? Life has just been life-ing & you feel like you're at a standstill? Lets work together to find the root of it all and work past it. I have a strong love for implementing mindfulness techniques, a focus on self-love, journaling, and a focus on the mind-body connection, adding a holistic approach to my psychodynamic technique for a little razzle dazzle.
Hi there! Are you struggling with a silent war of anxiety, depression, & PTSD? Are you unsure on how to build your self-esteem? Life has just been life-ing & you feel like you're at a standstill? Lets work together to find the root of it all and work past it. I have a strong love for implementing mindfulness techniques, a focus on self-love, journaling, and a focus on the mind-body connection, adding a holistic approach to my psychodynamic technique for a little razzle dazzle.
(630) 473-9783 x1 View (630) 473-9783 x1
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Maddie Persanyi
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60654
I work with clients who struggle with managing stress, anxiety, self-esteem or relationship issues. Common examples of issues these clients face are trouble setting boundaries, feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues, lack of self-esteem or difficulty managing their emotions. These clients are hoping to increase their coping skills in these areas and want resources to better navigate their symptoms or need a safe and nonjudgmental space to talk things through. Evaluating all aspects of life through a collaborative relationship, we can work to decide how my client can live a thriving, healthy life.
I work with clients who struggle with managing stress, anxiety, self-esteem or relationship issues. Common examples of issues these clients face are trouble setting boundaries, feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues, lack of self-esteem or difficulty managing their emotions. These clients are hoping to increase their coping skills in these areas and want resources to better navigate their symptoms or need a safe and nonjudgmental space to talk things through. Evaluating all aspects of life through a collaborative relationship, we can work to decide how my client can live a thriving, healthy life.
(630) 426-7362 View (630) 426-7362
Photo of Grace Booth, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
Grace Booth
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
I work with adults, young adults, and teens who are experiencing anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and self-worth, body image issues, relationship issues, and difficult life transitions. I work with people who are struggling with where to go next in their lives, including quarter-life crisis, mid-life crisis, or difficult life transitions anywhere in the lifespan. I enjoy working with young people to establish their identity and cultivate self-esteem and self-confidence. I want people to know that It’s never too late (or too early!) to create the changes needed to be living the life you want to be living.
I work with adults, young adults, and teens who are experiencing anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and self-worth, body image issues, relationship issues, and difficult life transitions. I work with people who are struggling with where to go next in their lives, including quarter-life crisis, mid-life crisis, or difficult life transitions anywhere in the lifespan. I enjoy working with young people to establish their identity and cultivate self-esteem and self-confidence. I want people to know that It’s never too late (or too early!) to create the changes needed to be living the life you want to be living.
(872) 259-4698 View (872) 259-4698
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Laura Bowling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
I specialize in working with clients struggling to find balance within emotional highs/lows, dealing with life transitions, anxiety that can show up as racing thoughts or excessive worry and low self-esteem. I primarily use DBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based CBT to provide evidence-based coping strategies and resources. By showing up authentically, my goal is to create a safe space for you to feel heard, empowered, and collaboratively work towards accomplishing your goals.
I specialize in working with clients struggling to find balance within emotional highs/lows, dealing with life transitions, anxiety that can show up as racing thoughts or excessive worry and low self-esteem. I primarily use DBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based CBT to provide evidence-based coping strategies and resources. By showing up authentically, my goal is to create a safe space for you to feel heard, empowered, and collaboratively work towards accomplishing your goals.
(773) 985-8459 View (773) 985-8459
Self Esteem Therapists

When should a person seek therapy for low self-esteem?

When self-esteem problems begin to disrupt the healthy daily functioning of an individual, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If a person finds that they are not engaging with friends for fear of being judged, not completing work assignments because they don’t think they’re capable, or not finding romantic love because they don’t feel they’re worthy of it, a therapist may be able to help.

What are the signs of low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem is a common issue that can affect a person's mental and emotional well-being. Some common signs of low self-esteem include negative self-talk, perfectionism, social anxiety, difficulty making decisions, an inability to set boundaries, people-pleasing, and others. A lack of belief in oneself or one’s abilities and a feeling of not being worthy or deserving underlie most of these characteristics.

What causes low self-esteem?

Feelings of low self-worth can begin in childhood or adulthood. Being raised by a highly critical parent or growing up feeling constant disapproval can stay with a person well into adulthood. Specific issues in adulthood may also be a cause of low self-esteem. An unhappy relationship, a dysfunctional work or school experience can impact a person’s feelings of self-worth.

How can therapy improve self-esteem?

Therapists can help identify negative thought patterns that keep the client stuck in a loop of destructive self-talk and develop coping skills to change the voice in their head. A therapist can help with goal-setting, so that clients are better able to stay on task and build confidence from successfully completing work they’re proud of. Coaching a client on how to better communicate can improve relationships. These skills can result in someone with low self-esteem feeling empowered and living with less fear.