LGBTQ+ Therapists in Crystal Lake, IL

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Kai Korpak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a queer therapist, I hold the belief that there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to living our lives. The same goes for therapy - there isn't a "right way" to do it. In my practice, I am committed to helping individuals tap into their personal strengths and uncover a path that is meaningful and fulfilling. I trust that my clients are the experts on their own lives and have the skills and tools they need to navigate their problems. However, I'm here to provide support and guidance when they need it.
(773) 862-8454
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Brandy Lochen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, LASOP
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with diverse individuals from all walks of life as my experience has been eclectic. Working with folks who need to temporarily borrow some hope as they build themselves up is a welcome experience. I am energized by clients who know what they are looking for and equally interested in clients who are therapy first timers. I am fulfilled by working with LGBTQ + clients, adults, trauma, OCD, complex anxiety, and clients with past incarcerations. I am passionate about holistic and integrative treatment! I am here to help you build up your skill set to handle life transitions, live a better quality of life and find meaning!
(847) 916-0112
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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Stephanie Polan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Stephanie Polan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois who has been practicing since 2013. She attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and Aurora University in Aurora, IL. Stephanie is a neurodivergent affirming and LGBTQ + friendly therapist specializing in working with parents struggling with the transition to parenthood and various parenting concerns, including parenting a special needs child, helping professionals in the field, and those struggling with ADHD and executive functioning concerns. She has a history of working in domestic violence and crisis response roles.
(224) 263-4525
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Kim Wilson
AMFT, CPT
Committed to assisting each individual as they build on their existing strengths to live their best life possible. The approach is to meet the clients where they are and help create a safe, nonjudgmental space where they can process and heal. Working with each client(s) to determine the best therapeutic approach. Experienced working with play therapy, anxiety, depression, ADHD, LGBTQ + Community Members, abuse, trauma, grief, life transitions, family relational problems, BPD, and other life experiences and diagnosis. -we do not accept Medicaid or Medicare at this time-
(847) 916-8473
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Sara A Forster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, CADC
Verified
Verified
I have experience and knowledge working with individuals who live with; depression, anxiety, bi-polar, personality disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, substance abuse disorder, suicide and self-harm, LGBTQ +, and grief. I have an education in evidence-based therapies, such as but not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, harm-reduction, and SMART recovery. I acknowledge the uncertainty that comes with starting therapy, you’re not alone. I urge you though to not let fear stop you from getting the help you deserve.
(815) 859-8087
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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Sharon K Fu
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I offer a safe and empathetic setting to address women's issues, codependency, domestic violence, trauma, depression, anxiety/panic, and mood disorders, and provide a safe place for the LGBTQ + community.
Currently Accepting New Clients. Reaching out for help can be stressful and scary but it doesn't need to be. I provide a supportive, nonjudgmental and comfortable setting to women where we will work collaboratively to address any issue and worries.
(224) 249-3138
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Jean M Hannigan
Counselor, NBCC , NCC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
My areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, narcissistic abuse, grief and loss, gender identity, and LGBTQ issues I am certified in hypnotherapy and have a particular passion for working with the LGBTQ community.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. I intimately understand that life can be stressful and that life transitions can be overwhelming and confusing. I understand that the upheaval of life often leads to feelings of fear, helplessness, and hopelessness and can be experienced as anxiety, depression, or simply a loss of self. I understand stress caused by feelings of loneliness or isolation, feelings of fear, even feelings of depression and anxiety may interfere with daily living. I understand that you have questions about therapy….
(815) 770-5850
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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Jean M Hannigan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
My areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, narcissistic abuse recovery, grief, PTSD, gender identity and LGBTQ issues I am certified in hypnotherapy and have a particular passion for working with the LGBTQ community.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I intimately understand that life can be stressful and that life transitions can be overwhelming and confusing. I understand that the upheaval of life often leads to feelings of fear, helplessness, and hopelessness and can be experienced as anxiety, depression, or simply a loss of self. I understand that you have questions about therapy….
(331) 771-7057
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Gale Lee Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have worked with angry people, individuals with transgender and sexual orientation issues, and older adults dealing with loss.
My job, as I see it, is not to fix you, but to help you fix yourself. To do that, I help you find the tools you already have and remind you that - on some deep level - you already know how to use them. My approach is cognitive, because I believe the way we think about our lives helps create them.
(815) 572-4242
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Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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Innovative Counseling Partners, LLC
Counselor, LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
We have been trained to work with a variety of issues-Depression, Anger, Anxiety (group and individual formats), Bipolar disorder, Trauma, Child and Adolescent work (males and females), Sexual Abuse, Play Therapy, Family therapy, Cultural issues (adapting to the western culture), and Gay / Lesbian family issues.
Our life's work is helping clients achieve a better sense of self and happiness..more recently we've recognized that without good mental health providers this balance in life can be more difficult and stressful. However, through therapy our associates have our clients transform into the people they want to be. We see each client as an individual with many parts to their identity. Utilizing a holistic and systemic approach we help clients reintegrate the parts of themselves to function better as individuals and within their systems. Our focus tends toward a family systems based approach using behavior methods.
(773) 312-3612
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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Stephanie Swank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am neurodiversity and LGBTQ + affirming.
Life isn't always in our control (and no, I'm not a fan of that either). In therapy, we can learn to manage the things within our control - so that we are better equipped to contend with life’s inevitable ups and downs. Whether you're experiencing a big transition, stress from everyday life, a personal loss, or chronic issues - we can work together to make things easier. I have experience working with individuals with a variety of concerns & mental/physical health issues. I strive to make everyone - of any body shape/size, sexuality, gender, race, religion, or disability - comfortable in the therapy room (and in their own skins).
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Renae Mendez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I believe therapy is an opportunity to create a new path toward living a meaningful life. Often struggles or hardships we experience push us into following old patterns that may not fit our values or how we want to effectively live our lives. It can also be space to understand how we can be more fulfilled or effective in our many roles. I specialize in treating trauma and whether the event happened a month ago, or 20 years ago, there are effective, evidence-based strategies we can use to grow beyond that harm. I also enjoy working with people in the areas of self-esteem, anxiety, attachment, relationships, & LGBTQIA + issues.
(224) 218-5387
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Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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Vana M Bowen
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MEd, PsyD, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual addictions, gay and lesbian issues, trauma issues related to physical, sexual and emotional abuse, developmental disorders, stress management, loss or grief and life direction questions.
Hello! Choosing a therapist is not easy and involves finding someone with whom you are comfortable. I offer a supportive approach that is sustained by years of experience, knowledge and training through private psychotherapy and consulting services. My clinical services provide a comprehensive and holistic approach toward personal growth and healing. Together, we can uncover your inner strengths and gifts to make emotional and behavioral treatment a fulfilling journey. I have received DIPLOMATE professional certification with the American Psychotherapy Association and have professional certifications in Play Therapy, Domestic Violence, Sexual Addictions,and Trauma-Based Treatments.
(815) 575-2357
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Rebecca Esser
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Additionally, I am sex positive and work with those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA , Kink, BDSM, Sex Workers and open/poly communities.
We all struggle from time to time. You, are not the only one out there struggling. It happens to everyone and from time to time we all need someone to talk to. I am committed to healing and restoring balance to those who have been impacted by mental health, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, addiction and life event's. I provide a collaborative, safe, non-judgmental, empathetic environment in which you are free to discover your true authentic self while developing meaningful and lasting solutions to emotional, behavioral and relational struggles.
(779) 228-4911
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Mike Roehr
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Mike has experience supporting and advocating for individuals with LGBTQ concerns, and has worked in assisting those who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.
“An important part of therapy is being able to find a counselor who is a good fit. I am here to help! I enjoy working with anyone who believes the art of therapy may be helpful in their life. I have a calm and warm personality and I am very easy to talk to. Together, we can work to help you along your lifelong journey.” Mr. Mike Roehr, LCPC is a psychotherapist who specializes in providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Mike has a variety of experience helping individuals of all ages with Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Depression, and other life challenges and transitions.
(847) 469-9376
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Innovative Counseling Partners, LLC
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
We have been trained to work with a variety of issues-Depression, Anger, Anxiety (group and individual formats), Bipolar disorder, Trauma, Child and Adolescent work (males and females), Sexual Abuse, Play Therapy, Family therapy, Cultural issues (adapting to the western culture), and Gay / Lesbian family issues.
Our life's work is helping clients achieve a better sense of self and happiness...more recently we've recognized that without good mental health providers finding this balance in life can be more difficult and stressful. As a result, we tend toward and Integrative approach and have our clients transform into the people they want to be. We see each client as an individual with many parts to their identity. Utilizing a holistic and systemic approach we help clients reintegrate the parts of themselves to function better as individuals and within their systems. Our focus tends toward a systems based approach using behavior methods.
(773) 312-3612
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Kristin Camorlinga
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Common issues she has addressed effectively include; bullying, depression, anger management, ADHD, internet addictions, learning differences, social anxiety, eating disorders, divorce/separation, LGBTQ /identity issues, and oppositional behaviors.
Kristin Camorlinga, LCPC, received her Masters in Counseling from Loyola University in 2012. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families and has been doing so in different capacities since 1995. She has counseled bilingually in many settings including three schools, a domestic abuse shelter, two non-for-profits and two community public health agencies. She is passionate about helping people overcome mental health difficulties so they can reach their greatest potential and live their best life.
(224) 412-5788 x142
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Daniel L Piper
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Whether you’re seeking therapy due to dissatisfaction regarding a specific issue in your life or just trying to find peace in the midst of world events, I strive to help clients develop self-compassion, resilience, healing and greater happiness. While suffering is a normal part of being human, therapy provides a safe space to explore our response to internal and external stresses and develop a greater sense of peace, meaning, and fulfillment. In addition to genuine concern and empathy, clients have mentioned my 'particular blend of pragmatism and humor' as helpful in establishing a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
(312) 516-2434
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Crystal Lake, IL 60012
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Debra Baran
Counselor, LCPC, CADC, CIMHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have been providing psychotherapy to individuals/families for over 15 years. I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, family conflict, anger management, low self-esteem, women's issues, and teaching others how to bring relaxation and coping skills into their lives. Much of my experience has been working with teens and their families and with individuals/adults. I offer wellness counseling to those looking to improve their nutrition as I also have an MS degree in Health and Nutrition Education and am a Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider. New to my practice is my certified therapy dog, Coco if clients are interested
(847) 512-8690
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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Kellie Stryker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
18 Endorsed
Verified
18 Endorsed
Are you struggling to conceive, experienced a miscarriage or unsure of how to navigate the fertility process? Are others non supportive or don't understand? Do you feel alone? Starting a family should be considered a joyous occasion. Unfortunately, 1 in 8 couples will experience emotional, physical and financial hardship while attempting to conceive which often leaves them feeling isolated, angry and unable to cope or understand the journey they are on.
(815) 569-6579
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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LGBTQ+ Therapists

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialized training, either during their degree program or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalization in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialized training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.