Trauma and PTSD Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Emem Itiat
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, QMHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
If you find yourself facing challenges related to mood concerns, body image, eating disorders, trauma , and substance use, my help and support are available to you.
Navigating life's set backs, challenges, and adversities can absolutely take a toll on our wellbeing and ability to function, which is why it is important to know that you do not have to work through these concerns alone. I believe in the power of healing through promoting self-awareness, autonomy and empowerment, and also in people's strength to move towards change. Though suffering is a part of life, something that all humans share, working to manifest helpful and sustainable coping mechanisms, and skills that will work to serve you long term makes a difference in the quality of life a person experiences.
(312) 626-7591
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Chicago, IL 60654
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Daria M Hoey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Whether you're exploring your identity, looking for support in stressful times, or recovering from trauma in your past, my priority is to help you develop long-lasting, effective skills to get you there. Your existing strengths, resilience, and creativity are the most effective tools you have, and I want to help you access them to build an individualized plan that provides lifelong results you can feel proud of!
(312) 345-6298
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Chicago, IL 60642
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Luke Thimmesch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel like no one truly knows you? Do you feel like if people knew the REAL you that you wouldn't be accepted or loved? Depression, shame, and anxiety are all common experiences as we reflect on our unwanted behavior, relational discord, past trauma , and family of origin. The motivation to change becomes all that much harder when you seek it out alone. You want to believe there is hope for a brighter day. Let's work together as we honor your resiliency and work towards healing because the question "what would you prefer?" is worth asking. You want to live a life of freedom. Let's boldly walk into that freedom together.
(630) 937-1212
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Chicago, IL 60604
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Thomas Fransen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I identify as a cis gay male and describe my approach as humanistic, trauma informed, curious, collaborative, sex positive, kink affirming, poly affirming.
Every individual and couple who has ever sought my services worked diligently to navigate life as best as they can until they reached an impasse. They feel depleted, frustrated, confused, unfulfilled. Stuck. This is human, and I view those seeking my services as individuals, not diagnoses. Therapy is at its core, conversational. As such, my primary aim is to create a setting in which it is as comfortable as possible to explore the most sensitive areas of your life. Some of the primary issues I treat are depression, work stress, anxiety, substance use, trauma , life transition.
(773) 207-5282
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Chicago, IL 60613
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Not accepting new clients
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Amy Groessl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
10 Endorsed
Verified
10 Endorsed
My clinical expertise focuses on trauma , attachment, grief/loss, relationship dynamics, and working with those within the adoption triad.
Whether you wish to gain clarity about a life challenge or seek to resolve a deeper change from within, our work together will present an opportunity to rework the patterns that may be disrupting your relationships or preventing you from fulfilling your life goals. I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, viewing our therapeutic relationship as central to the change process, while helping you to understand how conflicts from the past affect the way you feel in the present. I approach our work together from a genuine, empathetic stance with openness and curiosity. It is important that we are partners in your healing process.
(773) 570-9224
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Chicago, IL 60661
Not accepting new clients
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Jacqueline Herrera
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have worked with clients who experience anger, anxiety, depression, trauma and other relationship issues.
I am a bicultural, bilingual, and Latinx therapist. My goal is to create and provide a safe space for clients to feel supported through this therapeutic journey. Building a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the foundation of my work. I am committed to support my clients to discover their ability to stand in their own authenticity, value their personal growth and empowerment. During my professional experiences I have worked with school age children, adolescents, adults, and families. I value the ideology of supporting clients to build skills that will support them in their everyday lives.
(773) 232-2649
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Chicago, IL 60622
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Pamela Anne Brand
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My areas of specialty are with couples, adolescents, adult survivors of trauma , eating disorders and addiction, unresolved family of origin issues and loss.
My practice involves helping individuals, couples and families identify,and build strengths and resilience, while identifying and shifting issues that constrain the fullest potential of stability, satisfaction and joy. I am collaborative and relational in style. I have experience working with issues including, anxiety, depression, trauma , loss, eating disorder and addictions. My approach involves the provision of support, understanding and encouragement to enhance awareness and success for the creation of meaning and satisfaction. My style is interactive and I offer strategies and feedback to enhance client's achievement of goals.
(773) 432-8221
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Chicago, IL 60640
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Stephanie Brown
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have extensive training working with individuals who struggle with a range of anxiety symptoms, and diagnoses especially trauma . In my years of practice, I have noticed that many clients lack trust in themselves and the ability to find a positive sense of self. People just want to understand themselves and become more comfortable with how they handle daily life stressors and others. To achieve this goal individuals need support with recognizing triggers and utilizing appropriate coping skills to reduce the negative responses to those triggers.
(773) 570-2248
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Chicago, IL 60602
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Asif A Khan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I treat anxiety, depression, physical pain & trauma .
Do you want to overcome depression or anxiety and feel confident? Are you struggling with relationships? Do you find yourself getting angry quickly? Sometimes life transitions get difficult to manage. I have been helping people with these problems for 20 years and we can work collaboratively and holistically. We will focus on physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your personality. We will figure out your best qualities and strengths, your personal resources and virtues to realize your true potential that will help you heal.
(630) 473-3156
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Chicago, IL 60602
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Lyzanne Malfitano
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP
Verified
Verified
Lyzanne is a trauma -informed therapist who enjoys helping her clients experience healing, growth, and connection in their lives. Lyzanne welcomes the exploration of sexuality, gender identity, transitions, and non-heteronormative relationships. In her clinical experience, Lyzanne has worked with presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma , sexual concerns, family of origin issues, and life transitions. Her work is greatly influenced by her work with communities focused on sexual violence recovery, racial justice, and LGBTQ equality.
(872) 228-2563
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Chicago, IL 60640
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Rose Rita (Rita) James
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LBS1
Verified
Verified
Telehealth Openings Wednesdays 10am-3pm. I’m Rita and I’m glad you’re here! I love and specialize in working with young adults (18-35 years old), artists, creatives, and new mothers to uncover their motivations, passions, and internal voices. I have advanced training in and specialize in PTSD , Developmental Trauma , and Attachment. Trauma can create global effects on the mind and body, and I work hard, alongside my clients, to remove trauma blocks from their path, in order to clear the way towards the life that they have dreamed for themselves.
(708) 398-9987
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Chicago, IL 60643
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Kenya Walker
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I have an interest in working with adolescents, emerging adults and adults experiencing trauma (generational, physical and sexual), depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem concerns.
Imagine climbing a mountain with every obstacle coming your way whether it’s falling rocks or inclement weather. This is something we can call life. We endure every obstacle that comes our way whether we face it head on, fall down, leap over or move around it. How do you cope? What gets you through your day to day? Do you ever feel like things keep piling up? As your Therapist, when you reach out for help, I will be supportive and non-judgmental. I will meet you wherever you are on your mountain, and take it day by day.
(773) 249-2921 x7
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Chicago, IL 60647
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David J Krzysko
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I believe we have the capability to be resilient when faced with great adversity. We may doubt ourselves at times, but with guidance we can persevere through any situation. My objective is to work collaboratively with clients to discover a clear path, to create healthy goals, and to build a strong foundation that is rooted in practical techniques. My specialty areas include working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma , and alcohol use. I am experienced in working with adolescents, young adults, middle age adults, as well as with veterans.
(312) 374-6259 x45
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Chicago, IL 60602
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Sarah Rodemann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in interfamily trauma and personality disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, PTSD , and substance abuse.
The best therapy happens when there is a connection between therapist and patient, mutual trust, and warmth. I specialize in providing help to those who have felt disenfranchised by the healthcare system, or have never felt seen or heard by a therapist. I provide a confidential space where we can explore any issues or topics that you are ready to, at your pace, without judgment or fear. I reject the heirarchical nature of traditional healthcare and see myself as your equal. I know effective therapy requires trust, and that I have to earn yours.
(630) 315-0485
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Chicago, IL 60640
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Rob LeLaurin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My specialty is helping people overcome sex/porn addiction, heal from trauma , and live wholehearted lives free of shame.
Do you feel anxious, depressed, addicted, overwhelmed, stressed, lonely, or filled with shame? Do you want to change your behavior, negative thoughts, and/or understand your emotions in order to gain balance and wholeness in life, but you feel stuck? If so, you are not alone. Each of us needs someone to bear witness to the core stories of our lives, and to help us make sense of why our life looks and feels the way it does. I can partner with you on your journey toward true transformation, healing, and wholeness as we explore all that is going on within you. There is hope. Tomorrow does not have to be like today. Change is possible.
(630) 345-8672
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Chicago, IL 60604
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Robert Méndez
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in helping people suffering with anxiety, depression, PTSD , and difficulties with self-compassion. Our work together will begin by getting to know one another and building a strong foundation for our work together. I am a warm, compassionate, and patient person and strive to utilize these traits to help others grow and know themselves on a deeper level. I believe the relationship between therapist and patient is the driving force in creating significant and long-lasting change. We will examine the various identities that you hold and the impact they have on you as an individual and your relationships.
(872) 267-9737
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Chicago, IL 60602
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Donita Lester
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC
Verified
Verified
I consider my specialties to be the treatment of depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma , relationship problems, women's issues, as well as faith-based counseling.
My unique training and background has uniquely prepared me to work with diverse clientele including teenagers, adults and geriatrics. I have advanced training both in clinical counseling as well as pastoral, faith-based counseling approaches. I am able to integrate these approaches in my work with my clients. I am ideally suited for clients looking for an inclusive counseling approach emphasizing acceptance of cultural diversity and its profound effect on health and well-being.
(312) 374-6822
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Chicago, IL 60616
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Not accepting new clients
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Jessica Bedrich
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
If you are reading this right now, I am proud of you for considering therapy. I believe therapy can benefit everyone whether you are working on healing or just want to learn more about yourself. It is an honor to be able to hear your story, hold space for your pain, and guide you towards a brighter future. I promise to listen without judgement and provide a space where you feel safe and heard. I am passionate about helping adults, children, and families heal from trauma using an integrative approach with evidence-based techniques and mindfulness.
(773) 915-0306
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Chicago, IL 60647
Not accepting new clients
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Michelle Thornton
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, CYT
Verified
Verified
I work with adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, trauma , and yoga for mental health.
Seeking support is a deeply empowering act and I am here to help you on your healing journey. I believe that by working with the mind and the body, powerful connection and growth can occur. Have your worries impacted your ability to feel good in your body? Are you struggling in your relationships? Do you desire to learn new ways to engage with life’s complexities? By understanding the roots of our pain and distress, we can improve current circumstances and cultivate deeper fulfillment.
(872) 274-4018
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Chicago, IL 60614
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Liz Calabrese
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with couples, those dealing with trauma , dissociation, anxiety, and issues related with self-compassion.
Each individual coming into therapy is valuable and capable of healing and growth. I work from a strengths-based approach, looking to help encourage each person's uniqueness in life. I listen carefully to my clients' inner wisdom, as I believe that each individual is the expert on their world. I believe that our emotions are important, and when we listen to them they are great teachers.
(708) 406-5465
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Chicago, IL 60616
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Trauma and PTSD Therapists

When should I seek treatment for trauma?

Not everyone who undergoes trauma needs therapy to heal, but many do. If, after experiencing a traumatic event, you find yourself struggling with symptoms such as nightmares, dissociation, irritability, or emotional numbness—especially if these symptoms last more than a month and are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning—you may benefit from seeking out therapy with a trauma-informed provider.

How long does trauma therapy take?

Different types of therapy for trauma unfold on different timelines. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, for example, each take about three months, while trauma-informed CBT may last anywhere from 8 to 25 sessions. Other approaches, especially those that are less structured or that incorporate elements from multiple modalities, may be more open-ended, though many patients report feeling better within the first few months of treatment.

What happens if trauma is left untreated?

Unaddressed trauma can have serious—even devastating—effects on relationships, career, and day-to-day functioning. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can lead people to distrust or lash out at others, making it difficult to maintain intimate relationships; it can also trigger symptoms such as flashbacks or hyperreactivity that can interfere with a person’s ability to function effectively, personally and/or professionally. Some sufferers turn to drugs to find relief. Symptoms may lessen on their own with time, but there is no guarantee that PTSD will resolve on its own.

Can PTSD come back after treatment?

It is possible for PTSD symptoms to recur months or years after successful treatment. This is because, like most mental health disorders, it is not possible to “cure” PTSD, and stressful life events may cause symptoms to recur in even the most resilient individuals. There is no shame in re-experiencing PTSD symptoms nor in returning to therapy when such relapses occur; indeed, many forms of trauma therapy explicitly encourage periodic “maintenance sessions” to reinforce coping skills and ensure that symptoms stay manageable.