Looking for LGBTQ+-affirming therapy?

Safety, support, and collaboration

Therapy is a valuable space for processing experiences, challenges, identity issues, or simply seeking personal growth. Finding the right LGBTQ+-affirmative therapist can greatly support your journey to well-being.

Creative Arts Therapy and Psychotherapists in Chicago

Seeking LGBTQ+-affirming care

Getting started with therapy, especially finding LGBTQ+-affirmative support, can be both empowering and daunting. Affirmative therapists provide an inclusive and affirmative environment for LGBTQ+ individuals, specialize in embracing identity, and aren’t afraid to have tough conversations about bias, prejudice, and social constructs.

Before committing to regular sessions, you might want to have an initial consultation. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and gauge if you feel comfortable with the therapist. If you would feel safest with a therapist who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ Community, please let us know and we will be happy to match you accordingly.


Our team that specializes in LGBTQ+-affirming care

Whether you’re seeking therapy to address specific challenges, or simply to have a space to discuss and understand personal experiences, finding the right LGBTQ+-affirmative therapist can make a significant difference in your journey to well-being.

We also have group therapy sessions!
Exploring LGBTQ+ Identity, A Support Group By and For the LGBTQ+ Community

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Cree Noble,

Areas of Expertise: Drama Therapy, Individual, Child/Family, Group

Specializations: multicultural identity, LGBTQ+, grief, depression and anxiety


Adrien Guadagnino Circle

Adrien Guadagnino,
Counseling & Art Therapy Intern

Areas of Expertise: Art Therapy, Individual, Group

Specializations: Trans identity & LGBTQIA+, life transitions, loneliness/isolation, anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-harm, substance use, religious trauma

Languages: English

Raven Juergensen Circle

Raven Juergensen,
Counseling & Art Therapy Intern

Areas of Expertise: Art Therapy, Individual, Child/Family, Group

Specializations: LGBTQ+, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, self esteem

Languages: English

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Ciera Shimkus,

Areas of Expertise: Expressive Arts Therapy, Individual, Child/Family, Group

Specializations: ADHD/neurodiversity, multicultural and racial identity, LGBTQ+, learning challenges

Languages: English

Kiaran Hartnett Circle

Kiaran Hartnett,
Counseling & Dance/Movement Therapy Intern

Areas of Expertise: Art Therapy, Individual, Group

Specializations: Developmental disabilities, Down Syndrome, ASD, LGBTQ+, relational diversity, emotional regulation, ADHD


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Sabrina Basaria,

Areas of Expertise: Art Therapy, Individual, Child/Family, Group

Specializations: immigration, racial identity, LGBTQ+, school/work burnout

Languages: English, Hindi/Urdu, Spanish

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Telehealth appointments available now

Experience personalized, professional counseling from the comfort of your own space. Enjoy flexible scheduling, reduced travel, and the confidence that you’re on a journey to well-being. With online video therapy sessions, your path to mental wellness is just a click away!

Common Questions

There is no one size fits all answer to this question! In your initial session, your therapist will get to know you and your goals, and tailor an approach to your needs. This might include talking about your current experiences and your past, challenging unhelpful thought patterns, developing new habits, engaging in creative self-expression, and many, many more options. With your therapist, you will explore the many layers of your experience and what makes you–you!

Typical sessions are 53 minutes long. However, your therapist will talk to you about what may be best in your situation, and may recommend a different session length based on your needs.

  • For your first two appointments of intake and assessment, the fee is $195 for LCPCs, and $175 for LPCs and Clinical Interns.
  • For follow-up 53-minute sessions, the fee is $170 for LCPCs and $150 for LPCs and Clinical Interns.

If you would like to use your insurance, we can assist you with an estimate of benefits to understand your coverage and your possible out-of-pocket cost. You may also use a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account for therapy services.

We are in-network with BCBS PPO and Blue Choice PPO and Cigna HMO, PPO, POS and EAP plans. We are also happy to submit claims to other out-of-network PPO insurance providers on your behalf.

For HMO plans, we will provide you with a receipt, called a Super Bill, that you may submit to your insurance provider to request reimbursement based on your specific plan’s benefits. We encourage you to call your insurance provider for details regarding this option. You may also use a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account for therapy services.

Please note that not all services may be covered by insurance. This includes, but is not limited to, wellness workshops and music therapy.

Creative art therapies include art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, and poetry therapy. Credentialed creative arts therapists meet industry standards and requirements for their respective creative arts therapy disciplines, including extensive coursework and clinical training. Therapists trained in each of these creative modalities use a combination of verbal counseling (“talk therapy”) and creative expression to facilitate the healing process.

Creative arts therapies can help quiet your mind and support you in connecting to other parts of your experience. This can help you understand yourself or your situation in new ways. You can also learn some concrete tools to help you highlight your strengths and have in-the-moment resources you can use at home.

When beginning therapy, your therapy sessions often take place once a week as you and your therapist get to know each other and create a plan of how to work together. Sometimes your personal situation may benefit from a different level of support. Your therapist can offer recommendations for what may work best, and will work with you to find a regular frequency.

Unlike physical therapy, psychotherapy has no prescribed number of sessions.

Some people enter therapy to work on a specific problem and then stop therapy when that problem resolves. Many people prefer ongoing, long-term support from a therapist every week. You and your therapist will work together, considering your needs and situation, to determine when it is best to reduce the frequency of your sessions, stop therapy, or keep going for long-term benefits.

Finding the right fit in a therapist is important. You should feel like you can be yourself with your therapist, and feel like they understand you and that you can trust them. When looking for a new therapist, a good place to start is by thinking about what topics you would like to address in therapy, what challenges you would like to face, or what differences you would like to see in your life when therapy is successful.

Our therapists are trained counselors and offer “talk therapy”, but can also make suggestions on additional creative ways to address your needs. If painting, dance/movement, music, or mindfulness are tools you would like to explore, we can pair you with a therapist to guide you through those creative processes. Share your desires with our intake coordinator, and they can help you identify options that may be a good fit for you.

Our Main Office is at 4028 W Irving Park Rd, Loft B, Chicago, IL 60641. We are located on the east side of the Irving Park blueline and Metra stops near the corner of Irving Park Rd and Pulaski Ave, across the street from the Walgreens. You will see our logo sign on the building entry door on Irving Park road. For parking, there is metered parking in front of our building on Irving Park Rd., as well as some street parking available on Pulaski Ave.

Our Satellite Office is at 4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 204-C, Chicago, IL 60613. This office is situated inside Awakenings, an art gallery that exhibits works created by those impacted by sexual trauma. Open parking is available on Ravenswood Avenue in front of the building. Our Ravenswood Satellite office is near the Irving Park Brown Line stop. *Wheelchair accessible

Discretion and privacy are important as you share personal and sensitive information in therapy. Everything you say in therapy is confidential and is not disclosed without your written permission, with a few exceptions. This includes in response to a subpoena or in cases of possible harm to yourself or someone else.

Additionally, your therapist is a mandated reporter, meaning that they have the obligation to report suspicion or knowledge of child abuse, elder abuse, or the abuse of a person with a disability. More detailed information is available in our Practice Policies and Informed Consent form.

When using health insurance for therapy services, your diagnosis, dates of service, and other information may be shared with third-party payers to the extent it is required to obtain reimbursement for the services.

First, complete our contact form. Our intake coordinator will then reach out to you to gather more information about your needs and desires for support, availability, and scheduling, as well as insurance and billing-related information. They will gather this information via a secure email form or phone call, and based on your preferred method(s) of communication. They can answer your questions and will support you throughout the intake process.

Second, confirm an appointment. Our intake coordinator will help you choose the best therapist match for you. If needed, our intake coordinator can also offer additional referrals that may help you in this time.

Third, complete our intake paperwork before your first appointment. After confirming your appointment time, our intake coordinator will send you an email with details to access our secure and confidential client portal where you can easily complete all our forms online. We are happy to answer your questions or provide paper forms if you prefer.

Both! You and your therapist can discuss which option works best for you.

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