LGBTQ+ Therapists in Evanston, IL

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Aaron Samuel Cohn
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Other areas of focus include: LGBTQIA + couples and individuals, people in creative, academic, or highly technical professions, and parents seeking to repair or maintain their connection to their adolescent or young adult offspring.
If you're reading this, you're probably struggling and hoping to connect with someone who truly gets it. Finding a great listener can be challenging for neurodiverse folks, LGBTQIA + folks, and others with complex backgrounds and life stories. Because I know how important it is for my clients to feel heard and understood, I work hard to build a safe and secure context for them to explore all the different social and psychological systems of their lives. That trust and safety provides the foundation for deep and lasting change.
(773) 985-6974 x481
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Jake Hogan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Hi! My name is Jake. Therapy can be a great source of support when managing symptoms of anxiety, depression or ADHD. It also can be a place to engage in self-discovery, get support managing life changes, or to chart out a path for the future. I am a fully-licensed, trauma-informed therapist who works to provide care to a diverse group of clients. I have experience working with individual across many gender, racial, and sexual identities. I have particular experience working with men of all sexual orientations, as well as members of the LGBTQ + community.
(224) 279-6083
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Carl L Hippensteel
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in LGBTQ Counseling, Issues of Creative Individuals, and Persons with the Highly Sensitive Person Personality Trait (HSP), and I have an extensive background working with Mood, Thought, and Anxiety Disorders.
I am a compassionate counselor that believes in the power of warm healthy relationships to heal the distress of challenging life experiences. I take a creative and mindful approach to therapy with an emphasis on personal strengths and goal direction. With respect, humor, acceptance and empowerment, I work to increase awareness and understanding and assist you in viewing yourself and your world in positive and exciting new ways. We will collaborate to find a path of personal growth that feels right for you.
(312) 313-2807
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Max N Beshers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Not accepting new patients at this time. In my 9 years of practice as a psychotherapist, I have worked with people facing many struggles, including surviving past trauma and abuse, feeling suicidal, and severe/chronic mental illness. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have worked with many people who identify as LGBTQ , and have supported people through coming out, gender transition, and accessing gender affirming health care. As a white therapist, when working with BIPOC clients, I use the frameworks of anti-racism and cultural humility, and strive to make space for talking about racism and racial differences.
(217) 472-4109
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Evanston, IL 60202
Not accepting new clients
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Lauren Engelhard
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a queer therapist, I have a particular interest in working with LGBTQ + and BIPOC individuals, couples, families, and polycules, while being aware of my white identity.
Let’s be honest: finding a therapist can be a very overwhelming task! It can be hard to find the right match and scary to be vulnerable when beginning sessions with a new therapist. I hear you and want to make sure you feel understood and respected in a collaborative therapeutic space together, without fear of judgment. My approach is eclectic, pulling from frameworks such as psychodynamic theory, person-centered therapy, and attachment theory. I use multicultural and feminist lenses while practicing with cultural humility to ensure each client is seen both as an individual and in the context of their culture and life experiences.
(872) 401-8481
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Evanston, IL 60208
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Bespoke Healing
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We work with folks of all identities, but we specialize in offering queer , kink, poly, and gender-affirming therapy for LGBTQ + folks and their loved ones.
Therapy is a space for big feelings, hard conversations, and laughing at ourselves when we can. We like to form connections with folks that feel supportive, brave, and most of all, REAL. At Bespoke Healing, we know therapy is going well when we see folks begin to step out in new ways and take risks to develop deeper bonds. We find it fruitful to explore how past traumas show up in current relationships, and our therapists are active in session as part of our relational style. We also help folks befriend their bodies as an important resource.
(773) 902-0512
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Timothy Judd
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am anti-racist, queer -allied, sex positive, poly-affirming, HAES-affirming.
Are you a member of the LGBTQIA community or an ally? Have you struggled to find a therapist who is engaging and focused on change? Are you a geek who feels unheard, over-diagnosed for your hobbies and passions, and enjoy creative endeavors like table-top RPGs, video games, and board games? I view my role as a lantern in the dark. It is challenging to walk around in the dark without any sense of direction before you find a lantern sitting on a stool. It is up to you to decide to pick up the lantern, to use it to guide your path through the dark, walk the path, overcome the barriers before you, and find mental wellness.
(773) 362-2657
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Evanston, IL 60208
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Siegal Eli-Gers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
I have had advanced training and experience working with the Gender queer , Transgender and gender exploring community.
I am a licensed clinical social worker. I have focused my career on working with adolescents ,young adults, parents and families. Over the last 10 + years, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and families in the North Shore. I work with clients to help them find a safe space to express, explore and make positive changes. Over the years I have learned that every individual and family is unique and need treatment to be flexible and supportive of their needs. I work to create opportunities and to teach tangible skills, so long lasting change is possible. I am a gender affirming clinician.
(847) 562-5696
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Wendy Ortiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The theoretical lenses used to help support clients include, trauma-informed approach, relational cultural approach, harm reduction, anti-oppressive lenses, EMDR, LGBTQIA + affirming, and culturally affirming approach and other modalities tailored to your needs.
Hi, my name is Wendy, and I use She/Her/Ella/La pronouns. I am a Bilingual (Spanish and English) Latinx, relational cultural therapist, and empowering clients is at the heart of my work. My focus centers around supporting folks respond to anxiety, depression, PTSD, intimate partner violence, trauma, generational trauma, spiritual abuse, immigration trauma, navigating gender and sexuality identity or grief felt when navigating chronic medical health conditions.
(847) 472-0871 x38
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Alayni Frizzell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My specialities include ADHD, boundaries, LGBTQ +, executive dysfunction, and emotional and identity exploration.
I am open for new clients as of November 2022, and have Tuesday-Saturday availability. I believe that therapy is a journey in which the client and therapist are both guide and companion, with the client choosing their path and the therapist providing support and knowledge to better achieve the clients’ goals and needs. My ideal client is open to new experiences and different perspectives. I want us to work together to find the strategies and skills that work best for you, through experimentation and a collaborative approach.
(847) 796-8485
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Beth Holzhauer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
As a member of the LGBTQIA community, I am privileged to work with those who identify on the LGBTQIA sexuality and gender spectrum.
As a culturally affirming trauma therapist, my highest intention is to restore dignity to those who have been marginalized or exiled from our human community because of their traumatic experiences. I see therapy as a journey we embark on together, where I am invited not only to tread the well-worn paths of our shared humanity, but also to walk reverently into the sacred spaces of my clients' life stories. I approach this work with humility, deep respect, and a fierce commitment to my clients' well-being. I am known to hang in there when things get tough, and I enjoy a healthy dose of playfulness and humor in every relationship.
(847) 744-9326 x24
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Sarah Beatty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Welcome! I'm Sarah and I provide individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults in the greater Chicago area. I am particularly focused on work with those who have experienced trauma or domestic violence and LGBTQIA + folks. I also work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety and those who want to work on their interpersonal relationships.
(224) 288-0381 x26
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Brandon Bigby
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCATP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
Areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, grief, identity, life transitions, LGBTQ individuals and couples, and relationship issues.
I believe in the inherent strength, competency, and resourcefulness of individuals, couples, and families; this guides my approach to work with clients. My role in the therapeutic process is to help you recognize and maximize those internal and interpersonal skills that you possess, while supporting you in the development of new adaptive techniques and strategies. Through this collaboration, we will work toward a clear understanding of what brings you to therapy, as well as opportunities for growth and acceptance. Effective therapy results in an affirmative response to the question: "Am I authentically living a meaningful and fulfilling life?"
(773) 326-6775
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Dr. Breanne Taylor
Pre-Licensed Professional, Postdoc
Verified
Verified
I am an LGBTQ + affirming and sex positive therapist who welcomes clients who are part of the kink and poly/consensual non-monogamy communities.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount in fostering change. It is through an open, nonjudgmental, and safe environment that clients can explore and grow into their most authentic selves and lead more fulfilling lives. My approach emphasizes how our past and present experiences shape how we relate to others and the world around us. I work with children, adolescents, and adults, and utilize an integrative and collaborative approach that incorporates aspects of Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist, Relational, and Strengths-Based approaches.
(773) 839-2846
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Arielle Zimmerman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, and identity-related questions. As a feminist and queer -identified therapist, I am passionate about working with women, LGBTQ folks, and those who experience stigma because of their kink or ENM identity. My practice is both psychodynamic and trauma-informed, integrating components of IFS, EFT, attachment theory, and somatic experiencing.
(847) 860-7081
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Lisa D Tarr
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, addiction issues (substance abuse), troubled teens, school failure, LGBTQ +, and trauma and identity issues. As a lifelong allied and friend to the LGBTQ + community, I work very hard to remain current to concerns that are specific to marginalized communities. I tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique needs. I will work with you to think outside of the box and build strength through our therapeutic relationship.
(312) 646-3886
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Kristina Erland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
Verified
I am further experienced in working with adolescents and adults with mood and anxiety issues, relationship issues, life transitions, family of origin issues, LGBTQ issues, and general life stressors.
My goal is to provide you with a safe and comfortable space where together we can cultivate a path toward greater fulfillment. I will honor your individuality and capitalize on what is already working for you, so you can utilize this as your foundation for building greater insight and more effective skills. My style is warm, collaborative, and nonjudgmental. I consider it an honor to sit with my clients during their hardest times and witness their journey toward a healthier and more positive future.
(224) 204-0574
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Yoli Jones
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
I use DBT as well as narrative therapy, queer theory, and cultural-responsiveness as foundations for my practice.
If you've found yourself here on this page, that tells me you are ready to do what it takes to survive. You are the expert on your life. I'm here to listen and bear witness to your story. Seeking help makes you brave, period. None of us can do this alone and we shouldn't have to. If you are queer , I've got you. If you are trans or gender non-conforming, I see you. If you are a Spanish-speaker, I would love to accompany you. I use a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, which means we move at your speed. You are the one who decides what you need to feel safe. It's my job to respect that.
(224) 344-1689
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Evanston, IL 60201
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John Hughes
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC, MPA, PACT
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with clients from diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and members of the LGBTQ community and welcome all clients.
I approach my clinical work with an emphasis on relationships, attachment and the importance of multi-cultural and relational approaches. I understand the value of knowing where a client comes from and where they have been in order to collaboratively develop interventions and approaches that are safe, effective and familiar. I believe that in order to truly help clients they, and I, must understand the context in which they live and learn and that the work we do in the clinical room must be transferable to their everyday life. Many of my clients are seeking guidance on how to engage in and maintain healthy relationships.
(224) 302-4870
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Val Newman
Counselor, ATR, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Val's passion for working with Lesbian , Gay , Bisexual , Transgender and Queer communities is evident in her artwork, presentations, and therapeutic approach.
Val has woven traditional talk therapy and creative techniques to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals, youth and families to work through difficult life experiences. She has extensive experience working with youth and families managing the challenges associated with emotional and behavioral problems, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health concerns, and various traumatic life events. She believes in an empowerment and strength-based approach while fostering an environment that encourages self-acceptance, self-awareness and growth.
(312) 548-1672
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Evanston, IL 60201
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