Jonathan Foiles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MDiv, AM, LCSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60637
Offers online therapy
My work and training is grounded in the relational psychodynamic tradition which I also teach to social work students at the University of Chicago.
Many of us walk around thinking that we should be happier, that we're missing an inner sense of vitality. Therapy can be a place to better understand the story of your life and think about how it might be different. My role is to help you clarify your inner sources of conflict in the hopes of living a better, more fulfilling life. I have worked with a wide variety of clients across my careers, and I have found that we are all more human than not. I practice from a trauma-informed lens and believe that true healing is always possible.
(872) 252-7923
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Chicago, IL 60637
Offers online therapy
My work and training is grounded in the relational psychodynamic tradition which I also teach to social work students at the University of Chicago.
Many of us walk around thinking that we should be happier, that we're missing an inner sense of vitality. Therapy can be a place to better understand the story of your life and think about how it might be different. My role is to help you clarify your inner sources of conflict in the hopes of living a better, more fulfilling life. I have worked with a wide variety of clients across my careers, and I have found that we are all more human than not. I practice from a trauma-informed lens and believe that true healing is always possible.
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Darlene Bunch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
Offers online therapy
Darlene Bunch (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago - Jane Addams College of Social Work with her Masters of Social Work. Darlene has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced various forms of trauma and assisted clients in addressing areas of parenting, relationships, life transitions, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, family, intimacy, and relationship challenges. Darlene takes a relational, trauma-informed, strength-based approach rooted in feminist, attachment, and systems theories.
(773) 309-6330
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Chicago, IL 60613
Offers online therapy
Darlene Bunch (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago - Jane Addams College of Social Work with her Masters of Social Work. Darlene has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced various forms of trauma and assisted clients in addressing areas of parenting, relationships, life transitions, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, family, intimacy, and relationship challenges. Darlene takes a relational, trauma-informed, strength-based approach rooted in feminist, attachment, and systems theories.
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Jennifer Larson
Counselor, LCPC, NCC Verified
Chicago, IL 60646
Offers online therapy
I am relational and use a warm, strengths-based & challenging approach using variety of therapeutic models.
Are you or your family facing obstacles to feeling happier? I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with 20+ years in the mental health field. I provide therapy to individual adults, young adults, and couples who are experiencing barriers to personal, relational, and professional fulfillment. I enjoy working with adults struggling with self-defeating thoughts, anxiety, dating, relationship issues, family-of-origin struggles, & varying degrees of trauma. I love helping couples who face a number of challenges. My goal is to help people to feel more connected, centered, and happier.
(312) 313-9244
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Chicago, IL 60646
Offers online therapy
I am relational and use a warm, strengths-based & challenging approach using variety of therapeutic models.
Are you or your family facing obstacles to feeling happier? I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with 20+ years in the mental health field. I provide therapy to individual adults, young adults, and couples who are experiencing barriers to personal, relational, and professional fulfillment. I enjoy working with adults struggling with self-defeating thoughts, anxiety, dating, relationship issues, family-of-origin struggles, & varying degrees of trauma. I love helping couples who face a number of challenges. My goal is to help people to feel more connected, centered, and happier.
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Robert Méndez
Counselor, LCPC Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Offers online therapy
In addition, we will examine your coping mechanisms, as well as developmental and relational history, as a way to identify your challenges as well as strengths in order to create change.
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
Offers online therapy
In addition, we will examine your coping mechanisms, as well as developmental and relational history, as a way to identify your challenges as well as strengths in order to create change.
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.
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Alexandria Champagne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Offers online therapy
My clinical work is guided by the principal that clients are the experts of their own lives. I strive to create a collaborative, empathic space in which clients feel validated and supported in their journey towards their healing goals. My approach is client-centered and integrative, pulling strongly from trauma-informed relational, and anti-oppression frameworks.
(734) 887-1169
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Chicago, IL 60640
Offers online therapy
My clinical work is guided by the principal that clients are the experts of their own lives. I strive to create a collaborative, empathic space in which clients feel validated and supported in their journey towards their healing goals. My approach is client-centered and integrative, pulling strongly from trauma-informed relational, and anti-oppression frameworks.
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Alexandra Joseph
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
I have current openings in my practice for adolescents and adults in their 20s and 30s who are experiencing anxiety, depression, experiences of trauma, problematic drug and alcohol use, relational difficulties as well as pre-marital couples work. I am part of a group practice, North Shore Psychotherapy, that has recently expanded to a Lakeview location. My priority is to create a non-judgmental space for my clients in which they feel safe and supported. Additional specialties: emerging adulthood, building self-confidence, significant life transitions, school issues, and women's issues.
(224) 803-3872
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Chicago, IL 60657
I have current openings in my practice for adolescents and adults in their 20s and 30s who are experiencing anxiety, depression, experiences of trauma, problematic drug and alcohol use, relational difficulties as well as pre-marital couples work. I am part of a group practice, North Shore Psychotherapy, that has recently expanded to a Lakeview location. My priority is to create a non-judgmental space for my clients in which they feel safe and supported. Additional specialties: emerging adulthood, building self-confidence, significant life transitions, school issues, and women's issues.
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Alison Hirshorn
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
My areas of clinical expertise include event or relational trauma, anxiety, depression, stress management, career or life transition.
I believe we all have the potential to thrive in life. Along the way, we may get blocked, feel stuck or overwhelmed, and need guidance & support at different times. I provide a collaborative space and relationship to help you heal, grow, and thrive. I view therapy as a healthy form of mind-body wellness. Each person has their own story, and I'd like to hear yours.
(312) 471-9550
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Chicago, IL 60601
My areas of clinical expertise include event or relational trauma, anxiety, depression, stress management, career or life transition.
I believe we all have the potential to thrive in life. Along the way, we may get blocked, feel stuck or overwhelmed, and need guidance & support at different times. I provide a collaborative space and relationship to help you heal, grow, and thrive. I view therapy as a healthy form of mind-body wellness. Each person has their own story, and I'd like to hear yours.
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LifePath Therapy Associates, LLC
LCSW, PsyD Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Offers online therapy
Our therapists draw from strengths based and relational approaches with styles that are rooted in warmth.
The decision to seek therapy can be difficult and overwhelming, and we recognize how hard it is to reach out for help. Our goal is to make therapy feel less overwhelming by developing a collaborative partnership where together with your therapist you will identify your challenges and develop healthy coping skills. From the moment you walk in the door we seek to make you feel comfortable, as seen by our decor, impeccably designed office, and warm therapists' styles that all serve to put you at ease. Our therapists offer a range of specialities and are able to address a wide array of issues. LifePath is uniquely committed to serving individuals, couples and families across diverse communities throughout the lifespan. Therapists have particular expertise in leveraging client's strengths to heal fractured relationships and to prosper individually.
(872) 205-3926
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Chicago, IL 60602
Offers online therapy
Our therapists draw from strengths based and relational approaches with styles that are rooted in warmth.
The decision to seek therapy can be difficult and overwhelming, and we recognize how hard it is to reach out for help. Our goal is to make therapy feel less overwhelming by developing a collaborative partnership where together with your therapist you will identify your challenges and develop healthy coping skills. From the moment you walk in the door we seek to make you feel comfortable, as seen by our decor, impeccably designed office, and warm therapists' styles that all serve to put you at ease. Our therapists offer a range of specialities and are able to address a wide array of issues. LifePath is uniquely committed to serving individuals, couples and families across diverse communities throughout the lifespan. Therapists have particular expertise in leveraging client's strengths to heal fractured relationships and to prosper individually.
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Emily Zoller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
Offers online therapy
I am a trained sex-educator, social worker, and relational psychodynamic therapist.
You deserve to feel comfortable and at home in your mind, your body, and your community. You deserve to feel secure and stable, and to find strength in yourself to weather whatever storms may come. I want to support you as you discover more about yourself, your past, and your desires for the future. I take a holistic approach to understanding the complexity of your life and desires, and work with you to help create a clearer picture of what’s going on in your world, and ways in which to better align your life with your values.
(773) 455-1777
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Chicago, IL 60603
Offers online therapy
I am a trained sex-educator, social worker, and relational psychodynamic therapist.
You deserve to feel comfortable and at home in your mind, your body, and your community. You deserve to feel secure and stable, and to find strength in yourself to weather whatever storms may come. I want to support you as you discover more about yourself, your past, and your desires for the future. I take a holistic approach to understanding the complexity of your life and desires, and work with you to help create a clearer picture of what’s going on in your world, and ways in which to better align your life with your values.
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Dean Boland
Licensed Social Worker, LSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Offers online therapy
I utilize a feminist relational approach, with a strong passion for working with artists, activists, LGBTQIA+ and non-monogamous individuals/couples, and disabled and neurodivergent clients.
You want a therapist who welcomes every single part of you. As a trauma-informed therapist, I prioritize collaborating with clients to build safety, trust, and transparency so you can bring your full, authentic self to your journey towards growth and healing. My approach balances both accepting clients where they are and challenging them to take steps towards their goals. With curiosity, compassion, and plenty of humor, our work together can help you learn to live more fully in the present moment, manage painful emotions, develop self-compassion, and build more genuine relationships so that you can not only survive, but thrive.
(312) 516-2380
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Chicago, IL 60602
Offers online therapy
I utilize a feminist relational approach, with a strong passion for working with artists, activists, LGBTQIA+ and non-monogamous individuals/couples, and disabled and neurodivergent clients.
You want a therapist who welcomes every single part of you. As a trauma-informed therapist, I prioritize collaborating with clients to build safety, trust, and transparency so you can bring your full, authentic self to your journey towards growth and healing. My approach balances both accepting clients where they are and challenging them to take steps towards their goals. With curiosity, compassion, and plenty of humor, our work together can help you learn to live more fully in the present moment, manage painful emotions, develop self-compassion, and build more genuine relationships so that you can not only survive, but thrive.
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Christen Scozzafave
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
Offers online therapy
I employ a holistic, culturally sensitive, strengths-based and integrative approach to our work, leveraging tools from relational, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, attachment and trauma informed therapies.
With every challenge, change or loss we face in life, I believe growth, transformation, healing and peace are possible - even in the most difficult circumstances. We will work together to understand and transform pain, confusion, fragility, stress and difficulty. We will also achieve improved insight and strengths for meaningful change and connection. My areas of specialty include grief, maternal/perinatal mental health, pregnancy & infant loss, challenges associated with prematurity & chronic disease, anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness, career transitions, life changes and relationship challenges.
(773) 295-4054
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Chicago, IL 60613
Offers online therapy
I employ a holistic, culturally sensitive, strengths-based and integrative approach to our work, leveraging tools from relational, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, attachment and trauma informed therapies.
With every challenge, change or loss we face in life, I believe growth, transformation, healing and peace are possible - even in the most difficult circumstances. We will work together to understand and transform pain, confusion, fragility, stress and difficulty. We will also achieve improved insight and strengths for meaningful change and connection. My areas of specialty include grief, maternal/perinatal mental health, pregnancy & infant loss, challenges associated with prematurity & chronic disease, anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness, career transitions, life changes and relationship challenges.
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Heather L McRoberts
Psychologist, MA, PsyD Verified
Chicago, IL 60604
Offers online therapy
I provide focused support for challenges common to relational, mood, vocational, sport performance, women's issues, weight control, and spirituality issues.
If you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or experiencing increased life stressors due to work, family or other responsibilities, psychotherapy can help. Strengthening your interpersonal, behavioral and relational strategies will bring you relief. Together, we will explore how the complex patterns of your experiences are affecting your current life challenges, emotions, and behaviors. Whether working with children, adolescents, teens or adults, my approach is to be compassionate and attuned to your unique set of needs, providing a space for you to feel understood, appreciated and learn self-acceptance, ultimately achieving more effective strategies for dealing with life's stressors.
(773) 888-4771
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Chicago, IL 60604
Offers online therapy
I provide focused support for challenges common to relational, mood, vocational, sport performance, women's issues, weight control, and spirituality issues.
If you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or experiencing increased life stressors due to work, family or other responsibilities, psychotherapy can help. Strengthening your interpersonal, behavioral and relational strategies will bring you relief. Together, we will explore how the complex patterns of your experiences are affecting your current life challenges, emotions, and behaviors. Whether working with children, adolescents, teens or adults, my approach is to be compassionate and attuned to your unique set of needs, providing a space for you to feel understood, appreciated and learn self-acceptance, ultimately achieving more effective strategies for dealing with life's stressors.
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Jen Schroeder
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Chicago, IL 60625
Offers online therapy
I consider myself a holistic practitioner who works from a primarily relational, attachment based stance that integrates awareness of mind, body, spirit, and connection to others.
I work with individuals across the lifespan however my specialties are working with women and health care/mental health professionals. My Ideal clients are interested in deeper, longer-term work, and are open to emotional exploration and mind-body approaches. My areas of specialization include complex issues related to trauma, abuse or neglect, grief, loss, separation, life transition, relationship difficulties, dissociation, emotional regulation, sexuality, body image concerns, and fertility issues. I also have significant experience working with cancer survivors and their families as well as in the area of relational violence.
(847) 868-3322
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Chicago, IL 60625
Offers online therapy
I consider myself a holistic practitioner who works from a primarily relational, attachment based stance that integrates awareness of mind, body, spirit, and connection to others.
I work with individuals across the lifespan however my specialties are working with women and health care/mental health professionals. My Ideal clients are interested in deeper, longer-term work, and are open to emotional exploration and mind-body approaches. My areas of specialization include complex issues related to trauma, abuse or neglect, grief, loss, separation, life transition, relationship difficulties, dissociation, emotional regulation, sexuality, body image concerns, and fertility issues. I also have significant experience working with cancer survivors and their families as well as in the area of relational violence.
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Sadie Baker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Offers online therapy
I draw from Relational-Cultural Therapy, a feminist approach which sees our social context, internalized beliefs about ourselves, and need for connection to others as central to understanding emotional distress and the therapuetic process.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS, WAIT LIST AVAILABLE* As a queer nonbinary/transgender woman and a survivor, I know how hard it can be to seek desperately needed help, only to be made unwelcome by the very professionals we trust to provide that help. I always strive to meet my clients with openness, respect, and compassion. I believe that therapy should provide a safer space to explore your values and strengths, gain insight into your struggles, and learn new skills for healing, transformation, and liberation.
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Chicago, IL 60614
Offers online therapy
I draw from Relational-Cultural Therapy, a feminist approach which sees our social context, internalized beliefs about ourselves, and need for connection to others as central to understanding emotional distress and the therapuetic process.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS, WAIT LIST AVAILABLE* As a queer nonbinary/transgender woman and a survivor, I know how hard it can be to seek desperately needed help, only to be made unwelcome by the very professionals we trust to provide that help. I always strive to meet my clients with openness, respect, and compassion. I believe that therapy should provide a safer space to explore your values and strengths, gain insight into your struggles, and learn new skills for healing, transformation, and liberation.
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Centered Therapy Chicago
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Offers online therapy
We provide trauma-inform, affirming, culturally competent therapeutic services and utilize a wide variety of treatments including Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM), Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR.
Everyone experiences challenges in their personal and family life. Therapy can dramatically improve the quality of your life and relationships. We focus on working with individuals and families who are experiencing stress, sadness, anger, or distressing feelings related communication, work/life balance, career/school, relationship struggles, parenthood, and family difficulties. We also work with individuals on issues related to trauma, identity, relationships, self-esteem, grief, life transitions, eating/body image concerns, and sexual/gender identity.
(773) 524-6887
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Chicago, IL 60640
Offers online therapy
We provide trauma-inform, affirming, culturally competent therapeutic services and utilize a wide variety of treatments including Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM), Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR.
Everyone experiences challenges in their personal and family life. Therapy can dramatically improve the quality of your life and relationships. We focus on working with individuals and families who are experiencing stress, sadness, anger, or distressing feelings related communication, work/life balance, career/school, relationship struggles, parenthood, and family difficulties. We also work with individuals on issues related to trauma, identity, relationships, self-esteem, grief, life transitions, eating/body image concerns, and sexual/gender identity.
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Amy Zavada
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
While they are a vital part of our lives and can bring us so much joy - relationships are complex! Think about it - although people spend years learning and practicing most key skills, many people have had limited opportunity learning about relationships and emotional skills. I work with people who are often very successful in many aspects of their lives, but who get stuck in emotional or relational patterns. They know they desire for things to be different and more satisfying but are not quite sure how to get there. That's where therapy can be a powerful platform for change!
(312) 248-7175
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Chicago, IL 60640
While they are a vital part of our lives and can bring us so much joy - relationships are complex! Think about it - although people spend years learning and practicing most key skills, many people have had limited opportunity learning about relationships and emotional skills. I work with people who are often very successful in many aspects of their lives, but who get stuck in emotional or relational patterns. They know they desire for things to be different and more satisfying but are not quite sure how to get there. That's where therapy can be a powerful platform for change!
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Laura Gossin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSMFT, LMFT Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
I am a relational, systemic therapist who works with individual adults and couples. I believe most clients seek therapy because their approach to improving their lives is not working. They feel stuck and without direction. I help individuals and couples develop new strategies to improve their relationships, cope with significant pain and loss, and live more fulfilled and satisfying lives. My approach is empathetic, honest, interactive, and direct. I value client insight and recognize the importance of a trusting and open therapeutic relationship to bring about healing.
(312) 257-3505
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Chicago, IL 60602
I am a relational, systemic therapist who works with individual adults and couples. I believe most clients seek therapy because their approach to improving their lives is not working. They feel stuck and without direction. I help individuals and couples develop new strategies to improve their relationships, cope with significant pain and loss, and live more fulfilled and satisfying lives. My approach is empathetic, honest, interactive, and direct. I value client insight and recognize the importance of a trusting and open therapeutic relationship to bring about healing.
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Robert Benson Sanoshy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
My ideal style of therapy is suited to clients who believe that the relationship between therapist and client is paramount to the ability to change. I believe that change happens at the crossroads of challenge and non-judgement and this is the primary focus of my treatment- creating a safe environment in which clients believe they can present their issues and have them challenged in a supportive and non-judgemental way. I firmly believe that all clients have the ability to heal and grow regardless of personal, historical, professional and relational challenges.
(773) 570-7904
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Chicago, IL 60640
My ideal style of therapy is suited to clients who believe that the relationship between therapist and client is paramount to the ability to change. I believe that change happens at the crossroads of challenge and non-judgement and this is the primary focus of my treatment- creating a safe environment in which clients believe they can present their issues and have them challenged in a supportive and non-judgemental way. I firmly believe that all clients have the ability to heal and grow regardless of personal, historical, professional and relational challenges.
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Rachael Hoffman
Counselor, LCPC, MSAT Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Art Therapist. My approach to the therapeutic process is to create and hold a nurturing, secure and restorative space for all of my clients. In sessions, I use the natural healing elements of art and mindfulness while using my understanding of relational, feminist, cognitive behavioral, and client-centered theories to create a holistic approach.
(773) 207-3834
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Chicago, IL 60640
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Art Therapist. My approach to the therapeutic process is to create and hold a nurturing, secure and restorative space for all of my clients. In sessions, I use the natural healing elements of art and mindfulness while using my understanding of relational, feminist, cognitive behavioral, and client-centered theories to create a holistic approach.
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Jessica L. Hudson, PhD, LLC
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Chicago, IL 60660
I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. I provide individual, family and/or couples therapy with adults, adolescents, and children age five and up. My style is warm, non-judgmental, compassionate, and direct. I believe a strong, trusting, collaborative relationship with one's therapist is vital to realizing change and experiencing growth. I take particular care in tailoring interventions to meet an individual's needs and emphasize their strengths. My approach is largely based on cognitive-behavioral and relational techniques.
(773) 657-4142
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Chicago, IL 60660
I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. I provide individual, family and/or couples therapy with adults, adolescents, and children age five and up. My style is warm, non-judgmental, compassionate, and direct. I believe a strong, trusting, collaborative relationship with one's therapist is vital to realizing change and experiencing growth. I take particular care in tailoring interventions to meet an individual's needs and emphasize their strengths. My approach is largely based on cognitive-behavioral and relational techniques.

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Relational life therapy in Chicago offers strategies to combat marital dysfunction and restore harmony in relationships. Couples--those recovering from affairs, traumatic events, or a lull in passion--can find RLT helpful. To repair discord, the therapist identifies the main conflict upsetting the couples' emotional intimacy. Once the partners see how they both contribute to the problem, the therapist teaches them skills to improve the ways they relate to each other. Couples may see a change in their relationship within three to six months.