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Gail Grabczynski(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Anxiety-Sports psychology-Stress management-Communication issues-Life coaching-Cultural adjustment-

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Professional statement

Dr. Gail Grabczynski received her Bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University; she had a double major in Psychology and Social Work, and a minor in Business. Gail then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work; her focus was as a school social worker. She received her Masters degree in Social Work. Gail continued her educational pursuit by gaining her Master Online Teacher Certificate and also earned another Masters in the Science of Organizational Leadership from Dominican University. Gail earned a Doctorate from Olivet Nazarene University, writing her dissertation on Emotional Intelligence and its relationship to social media use, interpersonal violence and gender.

Making the Difference International, Inc. assists in program development for both for profit and non-for-profit companies, the company’s focus is on long-term behavioral modification and alterations. Making the Difference International, Inc. has consulted with various organizations including the National Football League, Chicago Bears, Welfare to Work programs, character development programs, employee assistance programs, domestic violence programs and has conducted train the trainer programs around the world. In addition to her own consulting company, Gail is a tenured professor at Malcolm X College in the Behavioral Sciences Department. Her focus in the department of behavioral sciences includes HIV/AIDS education and domestic violence awareness.

Dr. Gail also started her own private practice over 15 years ago. She utilizes multiple milieus with her clients, but most frequently utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions and follows it up with psycho-dynamic therapy. Many of Gail’s clients are professional athletes or high-level executives that have unique and challenging situations that they need to navigate. Gail is able to assist in steering her clients in ways to navigate their situation that is most advantageous for her clients. Dr. Gail partners with her clients to navigate their challenges and help them to be the best versions of themselves.

Dr. Gail’s latest venture is creating evidence-based aromatherapies. She has collaborated with a certified perfumer to create olfactory stimulants to assist individuals dealing with stress, anxiety and other troubling ailments.

Message to clients

I feel it is an honor and privilege to work with clients to help navigate their challenges and obstacles. It takes a significant amount of courage to share with someone their secrets or difficulties. I take this honor very seriously and will work to the best of my ability to help you create skills and methods to maneuver through your obstacles. I hope to assist you in so much that you will be able to take the tools developed within our sessions and apply them for yourself, by yourself.

Work and Education

Private Practice
Malcolm X College, Professor
Chicago Bears, Mental Health Clinician


Illinois: 149.008422




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

Sports psychology - Navigating mental roadblocks to physical goals; optimizing personal and team performances

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

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships with partners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

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

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places


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

Locations & Hours

We are actively hiring a number of new therapists to the practice. There will be more openings for virtual sessions.


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Cigna
  • Loyola University Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Magellan Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Meridian Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • University of Illinois Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Gail Grabczynski is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Ambetter
  • Medical Assistance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (50min)
  • Initial session:$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:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly

Client testimonials

"Gail was patient, attentive, and kind."
- Zencare client June 2021
"I emailed inquiring and got a response within a day. Very responsive."
- Zencare client January 2022
"She responded fairly quickly, even though she couldn't personally help , she did connect me with another who could help me."
- Zencare client November 2022
"She replied very quickly and was able to send me all the info I needed."
- Zencare client June 2023
"She worked so fast to get me connect with the right therapist. I was on a bunch of waiting lists for months and she found me a therapist in 2 weeks. Words can’t express how grateful I am!"
- Zencare client July 2023
"She is incredibly helpful."
- Zencare client July 2023
"Her response was in a timely fashion, and very friendly."
- Zencare client September 2023
"She was quick to respond. Very helpful."
- Zencare client September 2023
"Gail returned my call same day..and guided me thru getting my insurance O can get the help I needed from my home...100% satisfied..thank you Gail and Zencare"
- Zencare client September 2023