James Gresh, Therapist in Chicago, Illinois — Zencare
James  Gresh
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James Gresh


Psychologist, PsyD
Illinois Accepting Online
Center Focused Therapy- Main Office , Center Focused Therapy Accepting In-person
Updated September 21, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Childhood trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement

Professional statement

Dr. James Gresh is a clinical psychotherapist in Chicago, IL, who is committed to helping clients process painful past experiences, gain insight into distressing patterns in life, and live more authentically. James is passionate about working with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds struggling with complex trauma, relationship distress, grief and loss, life transitions, depression, and anxiety.

James practices primarily from a Psychodynamic lens, helping clients understand the connection between the past and present while utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy approaches to facilitate change. He values building a strong therapeutic relationship founded on non-judgment, empathy, warmth, and collaboration. In therapy, James encourages exploration of past and present experiences, fostering insight and self-awareness so that clients may feel empowered to make the changes they wish to see in their life.

James has five years of experience providing psychotherapy services to individuals from diverse backgrounds. His previous training has been in college counseling and community mental health settings. He completed his Doctoral Internship at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Mental Health Services (MHS). He completed his Post-Doctoral Training at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s MHS, with an emphasis on providing Training and Supervision to therapists in training. James is currently a clinician at Center Focused Therapy in Chicago and offers in-person (limited availability) and teletherapy appointments.

Message to clients

Reaching out for therapy is the first step toward becoming a more grounded, aware, compassionate, and authentic version of yourself. It is important that you find someone you feel can support you through the therapy process, someone that allows you to feel heard and seen.

In working with me, it is my hope that you feel valued, accepted, supported, as well as challenged. I believe that before we can change, we must examine, accept, and have compassion for the parts of ourselves that we may feel embarrassed or ashamed of. This is only possible if there is a strong foundation of trust, which is why I view our working relationship as the foundation for change. I believe that it is important that I am transparent with you in our work together and encourage you to share questions or reactions you may have to me or the therapy process itself. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

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

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

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

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $155 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $43 - $155


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 10 am to 7 pm
  • Tue 10 am to 6 pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10 am to 7 pm
  • Fri 10 am to 7 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Center Focused Therapy- Main Office practice
333 N Michigan Avenue, suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10 am - 6 pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Center Focused Therapy practice
4305 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60618
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am- 8pm
  • Tue 8am- 8pm
  • Wed 8am- 8PM
  • Thu 8am- 8pm
  • Fri 8am- 8pm
  • Sat 8am-8pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

Center Focused Therapy, Post-Doctoral Fellow/Clinical Psychotherapist, 2022 - Present
University of Wisconsin - Madison Mental Health Services, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, 2021 - 2022
University of Wisconsin - Madison Mental Health Services, Psychology Intern, 2020 - 2021
Maryland Institute College of Art - Student Counseling Center, Psychology Extern, 2020 - 2020
Stevenson University Wellness Center, Psychology Extern, 2019 - 2020
Notre Dame of Maryland Counseling Center, Psychology Extern, 2018 - 2019
Loyola Clinical Centers, Psychology Extern, 2016 - 2018

Loyola University Maryland, Psy.D. - Clinical Psychology, 2021
Loyola University Maryland, M.S. - Clinical Psychology, 2018
University of Cincinnati, B.A. - Psychology, 2014


Illinois: 071009263