Azita Afshar, Therapist in Chicago, Illinois — Zencare
Azita  Afshar
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Azita Afshar

Psychologist, PsyD
Illinois Waitlist Online
Millennium Park Accepting In-person
Updated September 23, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma (including complex or relational trauma)
  • Life coaching
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Loathing

Professional statement

Dr. Azita Afshar is a Clinical Psychologist in downtown Chicago who works with adults and couples across the lifespan. She is a trauma-informed therapist, which means she believes each experience in one’s life leaves an imprint on the mind and body, which can then impact one’s brain functioning, color one’s perception, and fuel and/or paralyze one’s reactions and relationships to the outside world.

She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, including postpartum depression, trauma, relationships, body image, and self-esteem/self-worth struggles. Dr. Afshar particularly enjoys working with individuals who have a history of childhood trauma, including abuse, neglect, or developmental challenges. She also has extensive experience working with women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Many of the people who come see her have a long history of interpersonal and emotional struggles. These individuals tend to benefit from longer-term therapy and report feeling a gradual sense of security and confidence over time.

Dr. Afshar utilizes a combination of different treatment models. In particular, she uses sensorimotor and neurologically informed interventions as well as Internal Family Systems parts work to help her patients understand and compassionately connect with both their physical and emotional experiences and then gradually learn how to effectively soothe and heal the hurting parts. This can then afford the individual the opportunity to work and live with themselves and others in a more loving, fun, rewarding, and reciprocal fashion. She has found that these neurologically and relationally informed mind-body therapies are especially helpful for clients with a history of trauma (including complex trauma), severe anxiety/hypervigilence, and major depression.

Dr. Afshar is passionate about effectively helping her patients in the healing process and works hard to keep abreast of new research and effective treatment modalities—though her best teachers have been her patients. She believes healing is possible for anyone willing to actively work toward it. She is here to gently support you on your journey. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

I want you to know that I am here and appreciate the anxieties and/or hesitation in beginning the therapeutic journey. I want to tell you to trust how you feel in the room with someone and to take your time in finding what works for you. I also would like the opportunity to help and have the tools to do so. Together, we can figure out some things and help find you relief. It can get better. You are enough and everything you need may already be inside of you—we just may need to help you bring it out.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma (including complex or relational trauma) - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or having experienced on-going sexual, verbal, emotional, relational or physical abuse

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Self-Loathing - Understanding and soothing feelings of self-hatred, low self-worth/self-esteem, excessive guilt and shame and increasing tolerance for mistakes, failure and rejection.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $190 (60min)
  • Initial session: $275 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Millennium Park practice
30 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60602
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2009 - Present
Shared Vision Psychological Services, Adult Psychology Program Director, 2008 - 2009
Shared Vision Psychological Services, Clinician, 2007 - 2009
Bowling Green State University, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Instructor, 2005 - 2007
Bowling Green State University Counseling Center, Internship, 2004 - 2005

Certified Telemental Health Provider (CTMH), CTMH, 2020
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2007
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, BS, Psychology, 1999



Client testimonials

"She was very insightful and under standing on my issue"
- Zencare client • December 2021
"My call with Dr. Afshar was very nice and straightforward."
- Zencare client • January 2021