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Kelli Fitzgerald(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Depression-Anxiety-Performance stress-Attachment-Spirituality and religion-Caretakers-
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Professional statement

Kelli Fitzgerald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago. Her practice provides psychotherapy to adults seeking supportive individual counseling. She has experience with anxiety, depression, religion and spirituality, performance stress, and attachment issues. Her practice is open to individuals of all religious and cultural backgrounds.

Kelli believes that meaningful work can be achieved in months rather than years, without sacrificing depth. Her practice is driven by a passionate pursuit of emerging methods that leverage hard research toward positive outcomes. Enduring transformational change is more predictable now than at any time in recent history and the way forward can begin at session one.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Master’s of Social Work from the Smith College, School of Social Work. Her office is conveniently located a few blocks from the Belmont stop via the Brown, Purple and Red lines.

Message to clients

In therapy, positive outcomes are highly associated with the relationship between client and therapist. When this collaboration is sturdy- it becomes a tool in and of itself. Even in short term work, there is so much that is possible!

Therapy sessions aim to create an experience that is different and positive. I help clients have new experiences of core emotions in need of transformation. We work together to cultivate empathic and lovingly attuned responses to that affect. Responding differently to what needs healing and attention is what leads to transformation. It could come through subtle shifts that steadily accrue to a positive re-working of old patterns or a series of profound moments of release and renewal. The emergence of even the smallest new responses to distress are an opportunity to facilitate plasticity. Transformational studies have expanded the therapeutic lens to include, at times privilege the new, good or unexpected. For many people these small details are already there but elude conscious observation. For other clients session work creates a warm and generative environment sturdy enough for anything that needs to break through.

Even as our biology skews toward an evolutionary negativity bias it also holds this wellspring of resource.

To draw from this wellspring is the therapeutic task. I love my work!

Work and Education

Private Practice
Group Private Practice

Smith College, MSW, 2013
University of Michigan, BA, 1995


Illinois: 149.018606




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)

Performance stress - Anxiety related to judgement or evaluations of one's skills or abilities

Attachment - Challenges related to developing or sustaining meaningful social bonds

Spirituality and religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Caretakers - Feeling overwhelmed, isolated and tired related to caring for a loved one; dfficulty relaxing, poor sleep, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)

Locations & Hours

I am currently welcoming new clients.


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • United Healthcare

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

  • Loyola University Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • University of Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$190 (55min)
  • Sliding scale:$160 - $190
  • Initial session:$190 (55min)

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
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • 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
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Please note: I am not in network with Aetna.

Client testimonials

"Kelli is great"
- Zencare client October 2021
"I cannot imagine a better person to have for my first therapy session ever. She’s very knowledgeable and has a boatload of empathy."
- Zencare client October 2022
"She is professional and personable. I really like working with her."
- Zencare client February 2023
"She replied immediately and responded all my questions."
- Zencare client April 2023
"She is a great! Very informative and responds quickly."
- Zencare client May 2023