Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, R-DMT
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"You want to feel emotions fully without shame. You want to be connected to your own sense of desire and purpose. You deserve a space to explore the parts of you that feel unknown, “unacceptable,” or taboo. My commitment in the therapeutic relationship is to welcome and value all aspects of your experience – the stories that reflect humor and resilience, and the parts that have been shamed or dismissed. "
Transgender
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Transgender
"You want to feel emotions fully without shame. You want to be connected to your own sense of desire and purpose. You deserve a space to explore the parts of you that feel unknown, “unacceptable,” or taboo. My commitment in the therapeutic relationship is to welcome and value all aspects of your experience – the stories that reflect humor and resilience, and the parts that have been shamed or dismissed. "
Joelle Spiegel,
JD, LSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"Oftentimes, we develop patterns of behaving and relating to others as a way of coping with and protecting ourselves from our early environments. As we expand out past those early experiences and relationships, we may find that these old ways of thinking, behaving, and relating no longer work for us. Together in therapy, we will explore the origins and functions of those patterns, gaining an awareness of how they show up and how we might develop a new path."
Transgender
(872) 233-4923
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Transgender
"Oftentimes, we develop patterns of behaving and relating to others as a way of coping with and protecting ourselves from our early environments. As we expand out past those early experiences and relationships, we may find that these old ways of thinking, behaving, and relating no longer work for us. Together in therapy, we will explore the origins and functions of those patterns, gaining an awareness of how they show up and how we might develop a new path."
Kuan Lin, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60625
"Crises are often opportunities in disguise and the goal is to seize such opportunities to grow. I have practiced for over 15 years and successfully helped multiple clients meet such goal. I incorporate evidence-based techniques in a holistic framework and my treatment is conducted in a respectful and supportive atmosphere. Besides symptom alleviation, I also aim to enhance clients' growth in the context of neuroplasticity (yes, brain can still grow!!!) so as to develop new neural connections in the brain to bring forth the desired changes. When such connections are made, changes are solidified to attain a better living."
Transgender
(773) 242-6224
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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Transgender
"Crises are often opportunities in disguise and the goal is to seize such opportunities to grow. I have practiced for over 15 years and successfully helped multiple clients meet such goal. I incorporate evidence-based techniques in a holistic framework and my treatment is conducted in a respectful and supportive atmosphere. Besides symptom alleviation, I also aim to enhance clients' growth in the context of neuroplasticity (yes, brain can still grow!!!) so as to develop new neural connections in the brain to bring forth the desired changes. When such connections are made, changes are solidified to attain a better living."
Porter H Green, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD, LCP
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"My ideal client is someone who is feeling stuck in their life and who is looking for the tools and support to make changes. I believe that sadness and hardship are as much a part of the human experience as happiness and joy. Our pain becomes suffering when we try to push it away or avoid experiencing it all together. Therapy is the process of accepting the self as it is in a mix of strengths and weaknesses and finding the willingness to experience the present moment. Connection with values allows us to make mindful choices in our behavior."
Transgender
(773) 974-9779 x7632
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Transgender
"My ideal client is someone who is feeling stuck in their life and who is looking for the tools and support to make changes. I believe that sadness and hardship are as much a part of the human experience as happiness and joy. Our pain becomes suffering when we try to push it away or avoid experiencing it all together. Therapy is the process of accepting the self as it is in a mix of strengths and weaknesses and finding the willingness to experience the present moment. Connection with values allows us to make mindful choices in our behavior."
Daniel K Phillip, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Therapy is a process of collaborative change. Whether you want to explore your emotional experiences or need support throughout your gender transition, I am here to work with you. I seek to provide a space of unconditional yet objective support, to create an environment in which you can be your authentic self, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of who you are. My therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy, coping skill building, self-exploration and awareness, and social justice education. "
Transgender
(872) 241-2816
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Transgender
"Therapy is a process of collaborative change. Whether you want to explore your emotional experiences or need support throughout your gender transition, I am here to work with you. I seek to provide a space of unconditional yet objective support, to create an environment in which you can be your authentic self, and to facilitate a deeper understanding of who you are. My therapeutic approach is rooted in empathy, coping skill building, self-exploration and awareness, and social justice education. "
Megan L Marker (Sheherhers), Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CDVP, RDDP
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"I am delighted to work with individuals who are seeking gender confirmation surgery/gender affirming surgeries and are in need of a mental health letter from a master's level clinician. I work with persons on a short term basis to provide clinical documentation of their experience in effort to remove a barrier to seeking services that are desired with a surgeon or payment from an insurance carrier. "
Transgender
(312) 766-6784
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Transgender
"I am delighted to work with individuals who are seeking gender confirmation surgery/gender affirming surgeries and are in need of a mental health letter from a master's level clinician. I work with persons on a short term basis to provide clinical documentation of their experience in effort to remove a barrier to seeking services that are desired with a surgeon or payment from an insurance carrier. "
Xochitl Sandoval, Counselor
Counselor, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"You want to be seen as you are. You are a kaleidoscope of many powerful intersecting identities that society does not always respect. You deserve joy, fulfillment, peace, power, autonomy, respect, and freedom. Using a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, I would like to support you on this long road called life."
Transgender
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Transgender
"You want to be seen as you are. You are a kaleidoscope of many powerful intersecting identities that society does not always respect. You deserve joy, fulfillment, peace, power, autonomy, respect, and freedom. Using a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens, I would like to support you on this long road called life."
Dr. Matthew Liberatore, Counselor
Counselor, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60613
"Through personal experience, I have gained knowledge to establish expert understanding on areas of personal growth, lived challenges, and establishing a new you. I look forward to connecting and getting to know your unique story. Counseling is a mutual partnership to explore life’s challenges, challenge old belief systems, and grow to find the leading light in you. We partner to explore, challenge, and grow to a new you! "
Transgender
(224) 279-6552
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60613
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Transgender
"Through personal experience, I have gained knowledge to establish expert understanding on areas of personal growth, lived challenges, and establishing a new you. I look forward to connecting and getting to know your unique story. Counseling is a mutual partnership to explore life’s challenges, challenge old belief systems, and grow to find the leading light in you. We partner to explore, challenge, and grow to a new you! "
Heather Hollysmith, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MS, ALMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
""We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection." -Brené Brown. So often it is the sense of connection between us that leads to, or at least contributes to, our distress. As a marriage and family therapist, I believe it is important to help individuals, couples, and families to be able to connect more authentically, developing healthy boundaries which allow for a balance of connection and autonomy."
Transgender
(847) 613-4393
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Transgender
""We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection." -Brené Brown. So often it is the sense of connection between us that leads to, or at least contributes to, our distress. As a marriage and family therapist, I believe it is important to help individuals, couples, and families to be able to connect more authentically, developing healthy boundaries which allow for a balance of connection and autonomy."
Rae McDaniel, Counselor
Counselor, MEd, LCPC, CST
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"You want to feel calm, confident, and powerful in your own, unique skin in a world that doesn't always celebrate your various, intersecting identities. You want to do more than just survive and you need ideas and tools to help you get there. You want to feel free and happy without feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself. You want to feel like you have space to breathe. As a Gender and Certified Sex Therapist, I work with folks like you feeling anxious and lost about a transition you're experiencing in sex, gender, sexual identity, or relationships. "
Transgender
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Transgender
"You want to feel calm, confident, and powerful in your own, unique skin in a world that doesn't always celebrate your various, intersecting identities. You want to do more than just survive and you need ideas and tools to help you get there. You want to feel free and happy without feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself. You want to feel like you have space to breathe. As a Gender and Certified Sex Therapist, I work with folks like you feeling anxious and lost about a transition you're experiencing in sex, gender, sexual identity, or relationships. "
Reese Minshew, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"The support and solidity of a strong therapeutic relationship provides space to reflect, heal, and change. Therapy promotes courage, well-being, and self-awareness. This relationship can sustain you as you accept grief and cultivate joy. If you are struggling to have a life that feels good to you, therapy can help. My hope is to help you work toward having the life you want, whatever that might look like. While I work with many kinds of people, I have a strong specialization in working with transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming emergent adults."
Transgender
(773) 922-6743
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Transgender
"The support and solidity of a strong therapeutic relationship provides space to reflect, heal, and change. Therapy promotes courage, well-being, and self-awareness. This relationship can sustain you as you accept grief and cultivate joy. If you are struggling to have a life that feels good to you, therapy can help. My hope is to help you work toward having the life you want, whatever that might look like. While I work with many kinds of people, I have a strong specialization in working with transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming emergent adults."
Shelby Mailho, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed? Often difficulties with emotions, identity, trauma, or everyday life stressors contribute to social conflict, behavioral issues in children, and impairment for adults. I am passionate about establishing connections with people to help figure out how to cope with stress and life changes. Whether you are seeking support for yourself or your child/adolescent, I am here for you. I work with individuals age 11+ including members of the LGBTQ community experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss, as well as issues with relationships, coming out, and gender identity."
Transgender
(773) 295-7291
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Transgender
"Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed? Often difficulties with emotions, identity, trauma, or everyday life stressors contribute to social conflict, behavioral issues in children, and impairment for adults. I am passionate about establishing connections with people to help figure out how to cope with stress and life changes. Whether you are seeking support for yourself or your child/adolescent, I am here for you. I work with individuals age 11+ including members of the LGBTQ community experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loss, as well as issues with relationships, coming out, and gender identity."
Kelsey Lamm Rottmuller, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MEd
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60602
"Do you find yourself struggling to live authentically and fully? I am honored to provide services to adults, young adults, and adolescents who are facing obstacles to living a life of balance and fulfillment. My approach to therapy is guided by warmth, empathic understanding, genuineness, and the belief in clients’ inherent capacity for positive growth. I provide a safe and affirming space for clients to come as they are, openly and honestly. I am invested in supporting your journey towards self-discovery and a greater sense of connection to that which brings your life meaning. "
Transgender
(312) 516-4223
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Transgender
"Do you find yourself struggling to live authentically and fully? I am honored to provide services to adults, young adults, and adolescents who are facing obstacles to living a life of balance and fulfillment. My approach to therapy is guided by warmth, empathic understanding, genuineness, and the belief in clients’ inherent capacity for positive growth. I provide a safe and affirming space for clients to come as they are, openly and honestly. I am invested in supporting your journey towards self-discovery and a greater sense of connection to that which brings your life meaning. "
Cuyana Davis-Carter, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60640
"There are times in life where we feel stuck and unable to move to where we desire to be. Therapy seeks to intervene at that “stuck” place. During our time together, we can discover patterns in your relationships, thoughts, and actions. Patterns that, while they may have served a purpose in the past, may no longer be beneficial. My hope is to create an environment in which you feel the freedom to explore, question, and define your authentic self - the self that you are at your core. In my practice I provide humor, gentle challenging, creative interventions and non-judgemental support to help you create a more fulfilling life. "
Transgender
(773) 466-6743
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60640
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Transgender
"There are times in life where we feel stuck and unable to move to where we desire to be. Therapy seeks to intervene at that “stuck” place. During our time together, we can discover patterns in your relationships, thoughts, and actions. Patterns that, while they may have served a purpose in the past, may no longer be beneficial. My hope is to create an environment in which you feel the freedom to explore, question, and define your authentic self - the self that you are at your core. In my practice I provide humor, gentle challenging, creative interventions and non-judgemental support to help you create a more fulfilling life. "
Carolyn Leach, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60647
"My primary goal as a therapist is to affirm, support, and celebrate you. As a queer identified therapist, I know what it’s like to struggle to find a therapist that you don’t have to explain your gender identity, expression, or sexuality to and that truly gets it. When a person is affirmed for who they are and what they are already doing, powerful and long-term sustainable changes occur. Living in a world that doesn’t always respect your various intersecting identities can be, at best, hard and, and, at worst, traumatic. I help my clients give themselves permission to explore their identities in a safe, affirming environments."
Transgender
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60647
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Transgender
"My primary goal as a therapist is to affirm, support, and celebrate you. As a queer identified therapist, I know what it’s like to struggle to find a therapist that you don’t have to explain your gender identity, expression, or sexuality to and that truly gets it. When a person is affirmed for who they are and what they are already doing, powerful and long-term sustainable changes occur. Living in a world that doesn’t always respect your various intersecting identities can be, at best, hard and, and, at worst, traumatic. I help my clients give themselves permission to explore their identities in a safe, affirming environments."
Daniel Brewer, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"Are you struggling with identity and belonging, questioning the essence of who you are? Your roles, culture, sexual orientation, gender, relationships, spirituality, body image, profession? I've specialized in work with members of the LGBTQIA communities, across the lifespan. I am particularly qualified to help you with coming out issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe everyone needs support, and when you're ready, I'll be honored to witness and encourage your healing. "Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are." ~Brene Brown"
Transgender
(773) 672-8629
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Transgender
"Are you struggling with identity and belonging, questioning the essence of who you are? Your roles, culture, sexual orientation, gender, relationships, spirituality, body image, profession? I've specialized in work with members of the LGBTQIA communities, across the lifespan. I am particularly qualified to help you with coming out issues, self-esteem, substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety. I believe everyone needs support, and when you're ready, I'll be honored to witness and encourage your healing. "Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are." ~Brene Brown"
Rachael S. Sytsma, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60660
"As a therapist, I work well with individuals and families who are curious about themselves, our work together, and the possibilities for a healthier future. Clients often find that I am a warm, patient, curious, humorous and kind support system on their journey toward self-improvement. I am passionate about my work with clients who are LGBTQ* and I love working with gender expansive youth and adults. For those seeking gender affirming surgeries, I write letters in 1-2 sessions."
Transgender
(224) 808-4664
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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Transgender
"As a therapist, I work well with individuals and families who are curious about themselves, our work together, and the possibilities for a healthier future. Clients often find that I am a warm, patient, curious, humorous and kind support system on their journey toward self-improvement. I am passionate about my work with clients who are LGBTQ* and I love working with gender expansive youth and adults. For those seeking gender affirming surgeries, I write letters in 1-2 sessions."
Victoria Stanton, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60625
"I am so glad you are here. It can be challenging to find a safe, therapeutic home especially for those identifying as queer, transgender, and non-binary. You deserve a therapist who is accepting and compassionate. My goal for you is to leave our first meeting feeling heard and supported. I am committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to explore their life experiences, identity, and strengths. Therapy is not one size fits all. In order to meet the individualized needs of my clients, I utilize an integrative approach of evidence-based practices. "
Transgender
(872) 704-8063
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60625
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Transgender
"I am so glad you are here. It can be challenging to find a safe, therapeutic home especially for those identifying as queer, transgender, and non-binary. You deserve a therapist who is accepting and compassionate. My goal for you is to leave our first meeting feeling heard and supported. I am committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to explore their life experiences, identity, and strengths. Therapy is not one size fits all. In order to meet the individualized needs of my clients, I utilize an integrative approach of evidence-based practices. "
Jordan Dunmead, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified by Psychology Today
Chicago, Illinois 60657
"I believe we are all doing the best we can; lifelong relationships, systemic influences, and personal experiences create patterns, beliefs, and vulnerabilities that are ingrained into our senses of "Self" and overall ways of being. We all have our own narratives - where we come from, how we got here, what we have been through, and whom we have known - and, usually, it is not something that we chose for ourselves. In therapy, with courage, intention, and curiosity, we can better understand these ways of being, weaving them together by choice to create a life worth living and relationships worth having."
Transgender
(773) 673-9502
Verified
Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Transgender
"I believe we are all doing the best we can; lifelong relationships, systemic influences, and personal experiences create patterns, beliefs, and vulnerabilities that are ingrained into our senses of "Self" and overall ways of being. We all have our own narratives - where we come from, how we got here, what we have been through, and whom we have known - and, usually, it is not something that we chose for ourselves. In therapy, with courage, intention, and curiosity, we can better understand these ways of being, weaving them together by choice to create a life worth living and relationships worth having."
Rainn Villalpando,
Chicago, Illinois 60601
"I believe that we all need to love, feel loved, and are deserving of both of those things. I believe that we often come to therapy because we have hit roadblocks in our romantic relationships, friendships, in our families, and in our relationships with ourselves. When our relationships break down, we often feel anxiety, pain, and heartbreak. Despite the pain, I believe in human resilience. You are the artist, the painter of your own canvas. I am here to help you find the paints and support you as your vision comes to life. "
Transgender
(872) 228-2116
Chicago, Illinois 60601
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Transgender
"I believe that we all need to love, feel loved, and are deserving of both of those things. I believe that we often come to therapy because we have hit roadblocks in our romantic relationships, friendships, in our families, and in our relationships with ourselves. When our relationships break down, we often feel anxiety, pain, and heartbreak. Despite the pain, I believe in human resilience. You are the artist, the painter of your own canvas. I am here to help you find the paints and support you as your vision comes to life. "

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Transgender (Gender Dysphoria) Therapists
We should make clear that not all the therapists listed here are transgender themselves. Rather, they specialize in helping with aspects of being transgender in Chicago and transgender identity. They help with trans life and trans relationships.

If you're transgender or are looking for help with transgender issues in Chicago or for a Chicago transgender therapist these professionals provide transgender counselling and transgender friendly care.

Transgender people in Chicago may meet the criteria for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria (historically called gender identity disorder (GID)) "only if being transgender causes distress or disability." This distress is referred to as gender dysphoria.

The professionals listed here include transgender friendly therapists in Chicago, transgender friendly therapists in Chicago, transgender friendly psychologists, and transgender friendly counselors.

Counseling for transgender issues in Chicago can help those living a transgendered life or transgender relationship; or family members coming to understand the life of their transgender child or sibling.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Chicago are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Chicago you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Chicago and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Chicago or family therapy in Chicago.