LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Downers Grove, IL

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Margot Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I work best with clients that desire a laid back, collaborative approach. Maybe you have goals in mind or need to process out loud to figure them out. My style is direct and casual, balanced with non-judgment and respect for your autonomy to support your authentic exploration and work towards connection, change, and healing. I have extensive experience with adolescents/young adults (ages 14-30), including queer , trans and nonbinary folks; parents; and adults navigating the general challenges of being a modern human in 2022.
(630) 686-7510 
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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Kathryn Berry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
My ideal client is anyone who experiences overwhelming emotions. I continue to work with clients living with mental illness and substance abuse, especially those who want to engage in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and those that are a part of the LGBTQIA + community. I believe that we are all doing the best we can in any given moment, and I hope to help clients to become better equipped to improve the moment through learning new skills.
(630) 716-9311 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Rachel Sullivan
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
I specialize in trauma, complex trauma, LGBTQ +, anxiety, mood disorders and families.
Trying to heal and work through trauma can be overwhelming and difficult to begin. Going through major life transitions can cause unwanted stress. Asking for help can be hard, but taking that step shows strength and resilience. My goal is to help you feel empowered, validated, and supported along your healing journey.
(630) 626-0494 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Benjamin Cowell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
My expertise and special interests are working with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ individuals, teens, and young adults.
In therapy, I enjoy collaborating with clients to increase their self-knowledge and utilize their strengths to facilitate change towards living a more rewarding and fulfilling life. I am committed to identifying and implementing an individualized approach for each client to support them in achieving their therapeutic goals. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults using an integrative therapeutic approach, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills.
(630) 593-0831 x7 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Mary Madrake
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Dr. Mary Madrake is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience in a variety of settings, including schools, community mental health centers, and private practice. They provide individual and couples therapy with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. They have experience treating trauma, relationship issues, gender identity and sexuality, emotional and behavioral disorders, anxiety, and adjustment to a variety of life transitions. Additionally, Dr. Madrake has extensive experience working with members of the LGBT + community, those in non-monogamous and alternative relationships, and clients involved in kink.
(708) 272-1885 
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Downers Grove, IL 60517
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MacKenzie Reeb
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Additionally, as a member of the LGBTQ community, I am passionate about helping people navigate identity and sexuality issues, as well as the complex thoughts and emotions that can come from intersecting sexual and faith identities.
Experiencing unexplained sources of anxiety, and not understanding out own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be really scary. Not being able to understand or effectively communicate with your child can be even scarier. If you are an overwhelmed parent of a child or adolescent who is experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, anger, explosive emotion, isolation, self-harm, or identity confusion, or you yourself are struggling to understand your own thoughts, feelings, or sexual/gender identity, I may be the right fit for you.
(630) 517-5548 
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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Pamela Johnson
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CHT, HTCP, VSTCP
Verified
I have specialized training in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, LGBT Affirmative Therapy, Spirituality, Grief/loss, hypnotherapy and Energy Healing Practices.
It is my life's purpose and passion to help others live meaningful and Joy-filled lives. I have invested many years in my own self healing, growth and professional development. The foundation for successful therapy depends upon the quality of the therapeutic relationship and I value the time you are spending as you make this very important decision for yourself. Together, let's explore the mental, emotional, spiritual and behavioral patterns which are interfering with your ability to maintain harmony within yourself and in your relationships with others. Come to create the shift you need to blossom.
(708) 695-8154 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Brenda Pasia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
I provide services for people struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, anger management, behavioral issues, Bipolar Disorder, relationship concerns, LGBTQ +, cultural stressors, trauma, and PTSD.
The focus of my practice is on creating a safe space for you. Your safe space will include no judgment and a collaborative environment to help you develop ways to respond to life challenges. My goal is to help every individual through guidance, understanding, and genuine compassion. I’m passionate about working with individuals to address issues such as emotional regulation, trauma, self-esteem issues, intergenerational conflicts, and family conflicts. If your child and family are having difficulty with life experiences. With my support, you will break the emotional barriers, use personal strengths, and practice coping skills.
(630) 503-7575 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Breda M Doak
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
I have also worked extensively with gay and lesbian patients, in various phases of their acceptance, openness and capacity to live a full life with a true appreciation of who they are and the relationships in their lives.
I believe all people desire peace of mind and contentment. I have helped people with emotional struggles for over 25 years, empowering them to attain greater acceptance and compassion for oneself as well as the people in their life and family. I take a mindful approach to therapy which encourages peace of mind and an appreciation for one's own uniqueness and strength. By listening to a patient's life story from a compassionate, non-judgmental stance, I have witnessed the development of strength, confidence, and courage necessary to gracefully weather the storms that are an inevitable part of life.
(630) 233-9565 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Mallory Jones
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Mallory Jones specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and athletes, including: anxiety and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ + concerns, athletic performance struggles, body image, identity struggles, and life transitions. She gained mental performance consulting experience working with youth and college athletes on struggles including attentional focus, energy management, anxiety, self-confidence, leadership development, and the mental impacts of the injury.
(630) 538-7939 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Helene A Jacques
Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Helene Jacques is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor who has been in practice since 2000. She sees adolescents and adults for individual and family therapy. Helene has extensive experience working with clients dealing with lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adoption concerns, relationship problems, stress management, medical and health concerns, and post-abortion issues. Helene was trained in an eclectic model of therapy and relies on this knowledge base to select effective treatment approaches for each client or family.
(630) 599-8674 
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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Jonathan Ryan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Do you feel like you think differently from others In a way that no one around you understands? Do you find that your passions and interests are not acknowledged as important by those close to you? Being told that you have to become a different person by those around you can be painful and traumatic. It can lead to anxiety, self-doubt, depression, and struggling with identity. This can be true for individuals who are neurodivergent, LGBTQIA +, and multicultural families. So by having a space to express and explore who you are can be therapeutic.
(630) 534-9997 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Nicholas Young
LPC Intern
Verified
I want to be that spark that helps you to see that, not only are you not alone, but you CAN do it! I have vast amounts of experience with all age ranges, chronic and severe mental illness, addictions, relationships, LGBTQ + struggles, and life issues.
In a world of uncertainty and constant negativity, you might be feeling many emotions that you really are not used to. Anger, depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and even loneliness are just a small amount of these emotions and feelings that you may have, and I am here to help! Together, we can help get you through these tough times, learn to cope, and adjust to an ever changing world. Counseling is a huge step, and I would be honored to help you take that step and work towards even greater future steps. If there is even a slight recognition in you that says, “Hey, something is wrong” then you are ready! Lets do this together!
(815) 205-1683 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Angie Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR, RYT200
Verified
By understanding sexuality, utilizing sex-positive counseling practices, and being an ally for the LGBTQIA + community in the therapy dynamic, I passionately advocate for vulnerable individuals to uphold dignity and value.
I believe healing is possible through an invitation to connect with your body, emotions, and thoughts. To build understanding about how your experiences, relationships, and culture have impacted your life. I seek to be a companion in the process of sharing your personal story as you sift through the well of your entire lived experience to discover your authentic voice. Together, we will use body based interventions, emotionally focused work, and brain-based approaches like EMDR to reclaim the chapters of your life where difficult experiences stole your sense of who you are, and nurture growth, healing, and overcome loneliness.
(630) 524-4362 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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JSTtherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
When life is overwhelming, I want to give you tools that can bring immediate relief. My approach is to tailor our work to your needs. Although I have worked with many clients with varying issues of all ages, my specialties include issues of grief/loss, chronic medical illnesses (cancer, diabetes), depression, anxiety, relationship issues, LGBTQ and fertility issues. I strive to help you concentrate on the present, focus on the future and explore the past to understand current behaviors and coping. I create a safe place where you can share and acquire more coping tools to adjust to life changes.
(630) 473-6673 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Erica Essary
Psychologist, PsyD, CAADC
Verified
Many of my clients are LGBTQIA , and I am a gender, sexual identity, and kink affirming clinician.
You've realized something isn't right in your life, but aren't sure what to do about it. You try to keep it together and just deal with it, but that's not working so well anymore. Whether it is an issue in your relationships, your job, or school, you find yourself looking for ways to cope that aren't really helping. Maybe you struggle with taking care of yourself and are overwhelmed or exhausted at the end of every day. After trying to be everything to everyone and get it all done, you still feel as if you're failing somehow. We can change what's happening and help get you back on track.
(630) 812-7084 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Eryn Smith-Moeller, LCPC
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CDVP
Verified
I believe that getting to the root of the problem--not just managing symptoms-- is key to transformation. I enjoy being part of the healing process; empowering people to discover their own capacity for growth and change. I believe each of us already holds the keys to our highest good. I have helped a range of people, men, women, teens, and members of the LGBTQ community, examine their lives from new perspectives and discover new solutions. I would love to help YOU blossom! My passion is helping people navigate a path to safety, wholeness & healing.
(847) 416-0380 
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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Valerie Moreno-Tucker
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, CRC, LCPC, she/her
Verified
I have a Certificate of Graduate Study in Trauma Informed Counseling, am EMDR trained, am proficient in ASL, and am LGBTQIA + affirming.
I recognize that entering into a counseling relationship takes both courage and trust. I truly believe that we all have the possibility for increased resilience and personal growth. I approach counseling from a collaborative, person-centered approach that honors the complexity of identity (ethnicity, gender, disability, language, sexual orientation and any other factors that relate to an individual's personal, societal and cultural experiences). I utilize an integrative approach that incorporates mindfulness and body awareness.
(331) 702-9306 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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A. Brooke Wine
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LASOP
Verified
I'm passionate about working with the LGBTQIA + community and foster a safe, welcoming, and accepting space.
Hi there! I am a forensic psychotherapist in practice with Naperville Counseling Center. I aim to provide support and encouragement as individuals work on their mental health. Building a strong rapport with clients is essential, and I love developing a healthy connection with each client. I enjoy integrating humor into therapy to break up some of the heaviness emotional processing can be. Coming from a forensic background, I have experience working with intense areas of need, support, and planning.
(630) 333-4105 
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Michelle Sierzega
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Through my work with numerous individuals struggling with psychological issues, emotional pain and existential crises of various origins, individuals diagnosed with mental illness, first responders, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, I have learned that we all have essentially the same goals — the identification and creation of a life with which we are content, and the ability to effectively and comfortably experience the full range of our emotions without fear.
(630) 509-7832 
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Downers Grove, IL 60516
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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Downers Grove. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.