Hillary  Schoninger

Hillary Schoninger

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in River North practice (updated February 01, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Hillary Schoninger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL who specializes in working with children, teens, couples, families, parents, and adults across the lifespan. She has expertise in trauma, depression, anxiety, and mindfulness. She also has extensive experience working with women who are going through life transitions, including career changes, getting married, becoming a mother, and entrepreneurs.

Hillary is a strength-based therapist who takes an insight-oriented approach. She utilizes a number of different treatment modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), mindfulness practices, and Supportive Therapy. She has the unique ability of helping people recognize their strengths and resilience. Many of her sessions incorporate psychoeducation, so clients can have a better understanding of their symptoms. She is also trained in yoga and enjoys incorporating yoga philosophy into sessions, when appropriate.

Hillary is empathic and strives to offer a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients can work through the challenges they are facing. Before opening her private practice, she worked as a crisis worker for Chicago. 

Message to clients

Hi there, I believe that everyone has their own inner ‘garden,’ which has the potential to be bountiful, beautiful, and serene. If we want to maintain our gardens and have them represent the most beautiful aspects of our lives, we need to nourish them and water them regularly. Keeping our gardens beautiful and vibrant does take work, but it is work that makes life more joyous and manageable. I view psychotherapy as a practice that can help you to support your garden so that it, and you, can flourish. Helping individuals and families tend to their gardens, remove weeds, and plant new seeds: this is my greatest purpose.

I look forward to helping you manifest your garden.


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

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

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

Mindfulness - Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

River North practice

222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza

Suite 1225

Chicago, IL 60654

  • Mon 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Water For Your Garden Psychotherapy, 2012 - Present
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, 2010 - 2014


  • English

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