Benjamin  Fogel

Benjamin Fogel

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon appointments in The Loop practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples counseling
  • Existential challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Benjamin Fogel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Loop in Chicago, IL who specializes in anxiety, depression, life transitions, and stress management. He has experience working with both individuals and couples from adolescence through retirement. Many of his clients with anxiety are navigating a major stressor in their lives, including the transition to college, career changes, relationship challenges, or having children. Many others want to talk about longstanding issues they've had handling painful emotions or relationships and aren't sure how to change.

Benjamin utilizes insight-oriented therapies and often does long-term work with his clients. He enjoys helping his clients work on changing how they view themselves and the world around them. When working with couples, Benjamin frequently uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help them reestablish intimacy and connection and to communicate effectively. He helps clients not only ease their distressing feelings in the moment but also lead more fulfilling lives.

Benjamin is dedicated to helping his clients make meaningful changes and feel empowered to take on life’s challenges. His office is conveniently located near the Blue, Red, Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines.

Message to clients

I place great importance on having a warm and accepting approach so you can feel comfortable being yourself. I imagine you've been struggling to cope with your situation on your own for some time. No one deserves to suffer in silence. It can be scary to start therapy, but I know the potential for transformative change, and I'm eager to help.


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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Existential challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Medicare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Benjamin can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


The Loop practice

53 West Jackson Boulevard

Suite 841

Chicago, IL 60604


  • Mon 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present

Urban Balance, 2014 - 2017

Alzheimer's Association, 2010 - 2015

Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, Certificate in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2018

Loyola University Chicago, MSW, 2010

Michigan State University, BSW, 2008