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There are no therapists currently located in Chicago, IL. The following therapists are located in IL.

Nicholas Smith

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD

Charlotte Newsom

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Anger management, Depression, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes

Jennifer Larson

  • 20 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family / Marital, Family Systems, Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic

State License: Illinois

Scott Hoye

  • 10 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Humanistic, Hypnotherapy, Interpersonal, Neuro-Linguistic, Psychodynamic

State License: Illinois

Andrea Platt

  • 30+ years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Areas of focus: Anger Management, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Grief, Infertility, Marital / Premarital, Pregnancy, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family / Marital, Psychodynamic

State Licenses: Illinois, Massachusetts and New York

Rebecca Ogle

  • 5 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Eclectic, Emotionally Focused, Family / Marital, Feminist, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused

State License: Illinois

Shaysa Villa

  • 5 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English, Spanish

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Existential, Family / Marital, Gottman Method, Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Trauma Focused

State License: Illinois

Chelsy Castro

  • 5 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English, Spanish

Treatment Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Mindfulness-based (MBCT)

State License: Illinois

Cathy Ranieri

  • 5 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-based, Eclectic, Psychodynamic

State License: Illinois

Carmen Farah Juneidi

  • 5 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chicago, Illinois
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Languages: English, Spanish, German

Treatment Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-based, Coaching, Culturally Sensitive, Family / Marital, Family Systems, Feminist, Gottman Method, Humanistic, Integrative, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Somatic

State License: Illinois

II. The Best Therapists in Chicago, IL

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In this guide, you’ll find the top 15 therapists in Chicago, IL, based on a deep-dive review of eight key factors, including the therapists’ credentials and specializations, accessibility, and fee structures. Take a moment to review the factors used to compile this list.

Choosing the Best Chicago, IL Therapists

Credentials

The state of Illinois holds therapists to a high standard, requiring all licensed professional counselors to have a master’s degree. Counselors must pass the National Counselor Examination to become a licensed LPC. The amount of education your therapist has accrued and the licensing procedure helps ensure a high standard of care that you can trust. Counselors with the higher licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) credential have completed two years of supervised clinical experience.

Accessibility

To find the right fit, look for therapists who specialize in the areas where your issues lie, whether you need help with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, or relationship difficulties. Perhaps your work or family obligations require you to find a counselor who can meet with you on weekends or evenings, or you may want to seek a therapist who holds remote sessions. The therapists listed below were evaluated with all these factors and features in mind.

Cost

Of course, cost is an issue when choosing a therapist, as you don’t want to bust your budget while getting the help you need. Many therapists take health insurance, which can help, and others offer payment options, including sliding scales based on your income level. You may be able to negotiate lower costs for a series of sessions.

Brian Kong: Psy.D. | Best for depression

Brian Kong
872-588-0220
Website

Brian Kong earned his doctorate in psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He creates a safe space for therapy so clients can recognize the relationship between their patterns and the difficulties they face. Dr. Kong incorporates pop culture elements into his work with clients on issues involving relationships, grief, procrastination, failure, and self-acceptance.

What patients say:

“He provides a safe environment where I feel I can communicate and explore difficult situations I have experienced and work towards understanding, growth, and change.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Relationship Issues
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and BCBS Blue Choice $175 fee per session Yes Yes

Alithia Asturrizaga: MSW, LCSW | Best for work-life balance issues

Alithia Asturrizaga
630-697-6965
Website

Alithia Asturrizaga is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work. She has more than 10 years of experience treating career-related and work-life balance issues and offering therapy for anxiety, stress management, and life transitions, helping clients handle the overlap between those issues.

What patients say:

Alithia Asturrizaga is rated 5 out of 5 stars by her patients, who would be happy to refer friends and family to her.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
Career-Related Issues
Conflict Resolution
Relationship Issues
Grief Counseling
Parenting Support
Stress Management
Life Transitions
Self Esteem
Work-Life Balance Issues
Aetna
BlueCross and BlueShield
Cigna
ComPsych
$90 fee per session Yes Yes

John Frampton: Psy.D. | Best for child or adolescent therapy

John Frampton
872-241-9337
Website

John Frampton is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in psychology. He has more than 10 years of experience as a therapist, and before that was a school principal, giving him unique insight into the issues of children and adolescents. He focuses on helping children with school-based learning issues.

What patients say:

“We had tried everything to help our son with no success. At that point, we were thankfully referred to Dr. Frampton. He connected immediately with our family and helped our son learn to cope and communicate rather than to react and avoid.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Child or Adolescent
Anxiety
Behavioral Issues
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO $90 fee per session Yes Yes

Clearwater Counseling Chicago: | Best for insurance coverage

Clearwater Counseling Chicago
312-880-9913
Website

Clearwater Counseling Chicago is home to almost a dozen therapists, including licensed clinical professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers. Clearwater accepts several insurance plans, making it financially accessible for clients.

What patients say:

Counselors at Clearwater Counseling Chicago are described as “warm, open, and invested in staying up-to-date on the latest psychological research and practice interventions.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Trauma and PTSD
Family Conflict
ACI Specialty Benefits
Aetna
Anthem
Beacon
BlueCross and BlueShield
Cigna
Coventry
First Choice Health
Humana
MHNet Behavioral Health
Molina
Optum
Presence Health
TRICARE
UniCare
UnitedHealthcare
Not provided Yes Yes

Chelsy Castro: J.D., M.A., LCSW | Best for high-achievers

Chelsy Castro
312-766-4612
Website

Chelsy Castro began her career as an attorney before becoming a psychotherapist. Before going into private practice, she was Director of Outreach & Clinical Programming for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program. She specializes in helping high achievers cope with stress, ADHD, and burnout.

What patients say:

People she has worked with call Chelsy Castro “a leader in the legal well-being space by providing timely support to so many legal professionals,” also saying she “provides clear and consistent information that is easy to comprehend and implement in your daily work-life balance schedule.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
ADHD
Addiction
BlueCross and BlueShield $185 fee per 1 hour session No Yes

Lena Elkhatib: LMFT, CST | Best for sex therapy

Lena Elkhatib
872-588-7603
Website

Lena Elkhatib is licensed as a marriage and family counselor and certified in sex therapy through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She works with couples considering marriage or co-parenting and women coping with postpartum depression and anxiety.

What patients say:

Lena’s Elkhatib’s patients call her a “great” and “amazing” therapist who has “all the right instincts.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Sex Therapy
Anxiety
BlueCross and BlueShield
UnitedHealthcare
$125 fee per session Yes Yes

Shaifali Sandhya: Psy.D. | Best for intercultural relationships

Dr. Shaifali Sandhya
773-800-0170
Website

Shaifali Sandhya, who earned her therapy degrees at Oxford and the University of Chicago, is Director of CARE Family Consultation. She works with a very diverse range of clients from different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds to help them increase their self-awareness and transform their lives.

What patients say:

Dr. Sandhya’s patients call her “amazing,” praising her explanation of conditions and her deep listening skills and say they trust her decisions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Individual Therapy
Mens Health
Family Therapy
Relationship Issues
N/A Not provided No Yes

Yvonne Patterson: Psy.D. | Best for women

Yvonne M. Patterson
312-805-5523
Website

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Yvonne Patterson earned her doctorate in psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Practicing psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dr. Patterson focuses on finding solutions to current problems ahead of exploring the roots of clients’ issues.

What patients say:

Dr. Patterson received five-star reviews from patients who appreciate her attentiveness.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Women’s Issues
Anxiety
Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
BlueCross and BlueShield
$100 fee per session Yes Yes

Jennifer Huberman-Shlaes: Ph.D. | Best for couples and families

Jennifer Huberman
312-544-0187
Website

With a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University, Jennifer Huberman-Shlaes trained at the University of Chicago Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center before entering private practice. She works with couples, blended families, parents and children, and issues surrounding pregnant women and the elderly.

What patients say:

Patients appreciate Jennifer Huberman-Shlaes’s goal-oriented, collaborative and empathic approach to therapy, including when dealing with postpartum depression.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Stress
Aetna
Humana
$150 fee per session No Yes

Jeremy B. Hisaw: LCSW | Best for life coaching

Jeremy B. Hisaw
773-403-0473
Website

Jeremy B. Hisaw is a licensed clinical social worker who completed his graduate degree at Washington University. As both a life coach and psychotherapist, he focuses on clients’ interpersonal relationships and conflicts, teaching communications and coping skills, and empowering them.

What patients say:

“Between his constant reliability, active listening skills, and indispensable guidance, Jeremy has quickly become the vital centerpiece of my support system.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Anxiety
Attention Deficit Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Coping Skills
Depression
Divorce
Family Conflict
Grief and Loss
Infidelity
LGBTQ
Life Coaching
Men’s Issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Peer Relationship Issues
Romantic Relationship Issues
Self Esteem
Sexual Identity Concerns
Trauma and PTSD
Aetna
Anthem
BlueCross and BlueShield
Cigna
$150 fee per session Yes Yes

Azita Afshar: Psy.D. | Best for healing trauma

Azita Afshar
773-991-4417
Website

Dr. Afshar earned her doctorate at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago, and she has taught at Bowling Green State University and Heidelberg College. She focuses on trauma, working with people dealing with childhood abuse or trauma, postpartum depression, relationship trauma and problems, and self-esteem and anxiety struggles.

What patients say:

Azita Afshar’s patients say, “they never thought they would ever get to the place that they arrive in therapy.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Relationship Issues
BlueCross and BlueShield $190 fee per 1 hour session Yes Yes

Christina Jones: LCSW | Best for family conflicts

Christina Jones
708-370-5646
Website

Christina Jones has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 25 years, helping couples and families achieve and maintain harmonious relationships. She helps women dealing with childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence.

What patients say:

“Christina is direct yet compassionate, extremely knowledgeable, and knows exactly how to lead her clients to self-discovery and growth. After a session with Christina, I feel more centered and always leave with food for thought.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Addiction
Family Conflict
BlueCross and BlueShield
Cigna
$220 fee per 1 hour session Yes Yes

Emily Bhandari: LCSW | Best for EMDR therapy

Emily Bhandari
708-320-8662
Website

Emily Bhandari is a licensed clinical social worker who helps clients, including adolescent and LGBTQI clients, build skills and coping strategies to deal with trauma and substance abuse. She uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy to reduce traumatic stress associated with disturbing memories.

What patients say:

“Emily helped me address severe work-related anxiety. For the first time, I tried EMDR to reprocess some traumatic work events that were hindering me professionally. After a few sessions, we were effective in reframing those experiences and moving me past old thinking patterns and into a more resilient mindset.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Coping Skills
Anxiety
BlueCross and BlueShield $13 fee per 1 hour session Yes Yes

Isabelle Reiniger: LCSW | Best for eating disorders

Isabelle Reiniger
773-683-3121
Website

Isabelle Reiniger is a licensed clinical social worker. She did her graduate work at New York University with postgraduate education in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute in New York. She works with couples and families, and she helps people with eating disorders change their habits and negative thoughts and feelings.

What patients say:

Isabelle Reiniger’s patients rate her with five out of five stars, appreciating her “insightful” and “thought-provoking” contributions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Addiction
Northwestern University Student Health Insurance
U-Ship (University of Chicago)
$175 fee per session Yes Yes

Steve N. Du Bois: Ph.D., LCP | Best for Men

Steve N. Du Bois
312-883-9639
Website

Steve Du Bois uses his experience as a researcher and educator to help patients in private practice. By incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, patients can learn to conquer negative emotions and behaviors by changing ineffective thoughts.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Addiction
Alcohol Abuse
Anxiety
Depression/Mood
Drug Abuse
Eating Disorders
Emotional Disturbance
Impulse Control
LGBT, Sexuality, Intimacy
Marital and Premarital
Men’s Issues
Physical health
Relationship Issues
Trauma and PTSD
BlueCross and BlueShield $160 fee per session Yes Yes

III. What You Should Know About Chicago Therapy

How are Chicago therapists licensed?

The Illinois Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act outlines the guidelines for Chicago therapists. After completing a master’s or doctoral degree in a counseling-related area, candidates for licensing must apply to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to take the National Counselor Examination administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Renewal of a therapist’s license requires 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

How much does therapy cost in Chicago?

Expect to pay an average of $150 per session with a Chicago therapist, with a range of $90 to $220 per session. Most therapists in Chicagoland typically accept major medical insurance plans.

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