Grace Dickman, Therapist in Illinois — Zencare
Grace  Dickman
Zencare Vetted

Grace Dickman


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Colorado Waitlist Online
Illinois, New York Accepting Online

Sliding scale spots are currently full.

Updated November 10, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Grace is passionate about working with young adults, teens, women, and people exploring their gender and sexual identities. She specializes in trauma and the many ways the brain and body adapt to it.  Many of her clients experience anxiety, OCD, difficulties in relationships, low self-esteem, life transitions, and are members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Grace is relatable and affirming.  She uses genuine curiosity and humor to build relationships with clients. She will see you as a whole person - complex, evolving, and inherently worthy.  She creates a safe space for you to connect with your inner resilience and continue moving towards what matters most, regardless of fear and uncertainty. She challenges you to consider alternate perspectives, learn how to identify your needs, and practice new skills for making change happen.

Grace uses evidence-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and arts-based therapies. She always uses a trauma-focused approach and understands the client experience through the lens of gender, race, class, immigration status, and other social identifiers. Grace loves to bring creative resources such as music, literature, mindfulness, movement, and journaling into the healing space and encourages clients to do the same.

Grace has over 10 years of nonprofit experience working in schools in the south and west sides of Chicago and transitioned to working in private practice in 2017.  She holds an MSW from the University of Chicago, where she completed two community-based field placements.  Grace has been awarded several international fellowships and professional exchanges in the UK, Morocco, Egypt, and India.  She is passionate about advancing international social work and cross-cultural collaboration.

Grace is currently seeing clients remotely using a HIPAA-compliant video platform (or phone for those who prefer).  She has availability on weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Message to clients

Oftentimes we subscribe to living life on someone else’s terms - whether we heed to the opinions of loved ones or conform to society’s ideals. This is especially true when we endure pain and trauma, which can disrupt our sense of self and make us second-guess our needs.

But I believe that you’re the expert in your own life. I want to create a space for you to feel safe, affirmed, and heard. By listening to you and asking questions that need to be asked, I can help us develop a sense of shared curiosity about who you are at this moment in time. I provide a space where we can feel, think, act, process, and problem-solve together in an authentic way. There are so many ways to live - let’s explore them together.


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

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


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


Grace Dickman is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $225 (45min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
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


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-6:30pm
  • Tue 8am-6:30pm
  • Wed 8am-6:30pm
  • Thu 8am-6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Colorado)
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 7am-5:30pm
  • Tue 7am-5:30pm
  • Wed 7am-5:30pm
  • Thu 7am-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-7:30pm
  • Tue 9am-7:30pm
  • Wed 9am-7:30pm
  • Thu 9am-6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
School-based Nonprofits, 2009 - 2019

University of Chicago, MSW, 2015
Loyola University Chicago, BS, 2011


Illinois: 149.019508

New York: 092319

Colorado: 09927175



Therapy Groups

Grace  Dickman
OCD Support for All

- Open to adults 18+ in NY, IL, and CO - all virtual - Will begin as soon as we have at least 5 people enrolled (target date for early December) - 6 week run with the option to continue - $65 per session, can provide superbill for reimbursement

Client testimonials

"Grace was very professional and patient."
- Zencare client • November 2020