Licensed Social Worker, LSW Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
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.
Transgender
(312) 516-2380
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60602
Transgender
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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PhD Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
I am guided by curiosity and nonjudgmental compassion. I aim to partner with my clients to co-create a space where we feel able to breathe, explore, question, and heal. Together, we can uncover, design, and live into lasting solutions. I am experienced working with queer, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual and pansexual individuals, as well as artists, activists, students, professionals, and disabled individuals. I enjoy journeying with clients through life changes and transformations, which may include coming out, healing from trauma, navigating serious mental illness, or grieving loss.
Transgender
(872) 259-5968
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60602
Transgender
I am guided by curiosity and nonjudgmental compassion. I aim to partner with my clients to co-create a space where we feel able to breathe, explore, question, and heal. Together, we can uncover, design, and live into lasting solutions. I am experienced working with queer, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual and pansexual individuals, as well as artists, activists, students, professionals, and disabled individuals. I enjoy journeying with clients through life changes and transformations, which may include coming out, healing from trauma, navigating serious mental illness, or grieving loss.
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Licensed Social Worker, MA Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60618
Are you looking to make changes in your life but are unsure of where to start? It can be especially challenging to navigate life right now with the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and the unveiling of the multitude of intertwined systems of oppression we find ourselves in at this time. You are not alone in experiencing concerns, outrage, and fear. I am here to accompany you in navigating these challenges and also acknowledging the joy in life. You are deserving of support and a space to talk openly. I am someone you can trust to process your fears and anxieties with as well as cultivate hope for your future.
Transgender
(872) 259-5995
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Chicago, IL 60618
Transgender
Are you looking to make changes in your life but are unsure of where to start? It can be especially challenging to navigate life right now with the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and the unveiling of the multitude of intertwined systems of oppression we find ourselves in at this time. You are not alone in experiencing concerns, outrage, and fear. I am here to accompany you in navigating these challenges and also acknowledging the joy in life. You are deserving of support and a space to talk openly. I am someone you can trust to process your fears and anxieties with as well as cultivate hope for your future.
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JD, LSW Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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
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Chicago, IL 60647
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.
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BA Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
My ideal client is the client who consistently enters the therapeutic space. Naturally, there are constellations of experience and behavior that I have a more intimate understanding of. That said, my role as a therapist is to understand and enter into the life-world of the client; my ideals, while present, are not the focus of my work. My hope is that I can engage with a client who wants to be in the therapeutic space, who allows me to be a part of their world, and who engages in the therapeutic relationship.
Transgender
(872) 206-9395
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Chicago, IL 60640
Transgender
My ideal client is the client who consistently enters the therapeutic space. Naturally, there are constellations of experience and behavior that I have a more intimate understanding of. That said, my role as a therapist is to understand and enter into the life-world of the client; my ideals, while present, are not the focus of my work. My hope is that I can engage with a client who wants to be in the therapeutic space, who allows me to be a part of their world, and who engages in the therapeutic relationship.
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Psychologist, PsyD, LCP Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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
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Chicago, IL 60657
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.
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Chicago, IL 60618
As a queer therapist, I believe there is no one “right way” to live our lives just as there is no one right way to approach therapy. I believe we all have the power to harness our strengths and find the path that gives us the most meaning and purpose. I believe that you are the expert in your own life - each person has the tools and skills to solve our problems, though sometimes we need some outside help to find those tools and solutions.
Transgender
(773) 862-8454
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Chicago, IL 60618
Transgender
As a queer therapist, I believe there is no one “right way” to live our lives just as there is no one right way to approach therapy. I believe we all have the power to harness our strengths and find the path that gives us the most meaning and purpose. I believe that you are the expert in your own life - each person has the tools and skills to solve our problems, though sometimes we need some outside help to find those tools and solutions.
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Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. WAITLIST 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.
Transgender
(773) 207-3068
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60614
Transgender
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. WAITLIST 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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Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, LSW Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
My ideal client may not be used to change but is looking to try. My ideal client may have issues of transition, adjustment, and/or trauma and have the need to process it with a therapist who understands and has experienced these very human problems. My ideal client has the goal to change as they see fit, while still staying true to who they are. They can be of any past or upbringing, as long as they are looking to find a deeper understanding of it. Soon I will be starting a sexual trauma processing group, open to all adults as long as they are LGBTQ affirming and anti-racist.
Transgender
(872) 259-5578 x16
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60647
Transgender
My ideal client may not be used to change but is looking to try. My ideal client may have issues of transition, adjustment, and/or trauma and have the need to process it with a therapist who understands and has experienced these very human problems. My ideal client has the goal to change as they see fit, while still staying true to who they are. They can be of any past or upbringing, as long as they are looking to find a deeper understanding of it. Soon I will be starting a sexual trauma processing group, open to all adults as long as they are LGBTQ affirming and anti-racist.
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Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, R-DMT Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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
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Chicago, IL 60647
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.
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Counselor, LCPC Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and that therapy is a process of deeply exploring and getting to know oneself. As a trans person of color, experiences in my life have informed one of my fundamental approaches to therapy which is to create safer spaces where my clients can feel comfortable bringing all aspects of themselves into the therapy room. It is important to me to listen and hold space for my clients, while also bringing realness, validation, and humor into the therapeutic relationship.
Transgender
(872) 266-9849 x7616
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60657
Transgender
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and that therapy is a process of deeply exploring and getting to know oneself. As a trans person of color, experiences in my life have informed one of my fundamental approaches to therapy which is to create safer spaces where my clients can feel comfortable bringing all aspects of themselves into the therapy room. It is important to me to listen and hold space for my clients, while also bringing realness, validation, and humor into the therapeutic relationship.
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Counselor, MEd, LCPC, CST Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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
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Chicago, IL 60647
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.
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Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Verified
Office is near:
Chicago, IL 60626
**Not accepting clients at this time** 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, decolonization, and anti-oppression.
Transgender
(872) 241-2816
Verified
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Office is near:
Chicago, IL 60626
Transgender
**Not accepting clients at this time** 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, decolonization, and anti-oppression.
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Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MST Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
I have been honored to share and co-create space with folx of vastly different experiences and intersections of identity. I work with LGB, trans*, and gender-expansive folx; poly and kinky folx; HIV-impacted folx; young people living with multiple disabilities; and individuals with histories of chronic homelessness, and/or issues related to substance use. I also have experience working with individuals impacted by anxiety, trauma, discomfort, depression, chronic and persistent mental illness, and a range of neurodiversity. The space we share is built of mutual regard and destruction of the "therapist is expert" paradigm.
Transgender
(917) 456-9322
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60613
Transgender
I have been honored to share and co-create space with folx of vastly different experiences and intersections of identity. I work with LGB, trans*, and gender-expansive folx; poly and kinky folx; HIV-impacted folx; young people living with multiple disabilities; and individuals with histories of chronic homelessness, and/or issues related to substance use. I also have experience working with individuals impacted by anxiety, trauma, discomfort, depression, chronic and persistent mental illness, and a range of neurodiversity. The space we share is built of mutual regard and destruction of the "therapist is expert" paradigm.
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Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
Current availability is limited, with priority given to clients interested in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a 12-session approach for trauma recovery. Whether you're looking for support in stressful times or recovering from trauma in your past, my priority is to help you develop long-lasting, effective skills to get you there. Your existing strengths, priorities, and creativity are the most effective tools you have, and I want to help you access them to build an individualized plan that provides lifelong results you can feel proud of.
Transgender
(312) 345-6298
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60642
Transgender
Current availability is limited, with priority given to clients interested in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a 12-session approach for trauma recovery. Whether you're looking for support in stressful times or recovering from trauma in your past, my priority is to help you develop long-lasting, effective skills to get you there. Your existing strengths, priorities, and creativity are the most effective tools you have, and I want to help you access them to build an individualized plan that provides lifelong results you can feel proud of.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60661
I deeply believe we are innately good people. When we, or our loved ones, are not our best selves, therapy can help remove the obstacles keeping us stuck. I have a particular interest in work/life balance, parenting young children, substance abuse/adult children of addicts, codependence, life transitions, sexuality/gender identity, anxiety, depression & trauma. Right now, I am also especially committed to helping people cope with the hardship, disruption & even trauma associated with COVID-19.
Transgender
(224) 263-1622
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60661
Transgender
I deeply believe we are innately good people. When we, or our loved ones, are not our best selves, therapy can help remove the obstacles keeping us stuck. I have a particular interest in work/life balance, parenting young children, substance abuse/adult children of addicts, codependence, life transitions, sexuality/gender identity, anxiety, depression & trauma. Right now, I am also especially committed to helping people cope with the hardship, disruption & even trauma associated with COVID-19.
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Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MS, ALMFT Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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
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Chicago, IL 60657
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.
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Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I believe every person has the ability to effect change in their life. Sometimes, though, we need someone to walk along side us to help navigate through difficult and trying times. My view of therapy is just that—a helpful and compassionate person who provides a safe and stigma-free space to explore, reflect, mourn, and grow. My hope is to provide you with the highest quality mental health services to help you achieve your goals and live a healthy, productive life of your design.
Transgender
(773) 492-8686
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60640
Transgender
I believe every person has the ability to effect change in their life. Sometimes, though, we need someone to walk along side us to help navigate through difficult and trying times. My view of therapy is just that—a helpful and compassionate person who provides a safe and stigma-free space to explore, reflect, mourn, and grow. My hope is to provide you with the highest quality mental health services to help you achieve your goals and live a healthy, productive life of your design.
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Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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
Verified
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Chicago, IL 60657
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.
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Verified
Chicago, IL 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, kind and a supportive person 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
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Chicago, IL 60660
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, kind and a supportive person 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.

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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 and communities, including the BIPOC community in Chicago. They offer in person sessions as well as Teletherapy in Chicago

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.