Leah  Brennan

Leah Brennan

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Evanston practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Substance use disorder
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Family conflict and communication

Professional statement

Leah Brennan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Addictions Counselor in Evanston, IL. She specializes in working with individuals who have a family member, loved one or partner who struggles with addiction. She also helps her clients examine family patterns and rituals, roles and boundaries, anger management issues, and conflict resolution skills.

Leah utilizes a number of different treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Theory, and Supportive Therapy. She helps her clients explore how past experiences affect their current relationships and how they interact with the world around them. She educates her clients using clinical, research-based terms, while supporting clients in defining, narrating and integrating their trauma experiences.

Leah helps her clients move forward by offering a supportive, nonjudgmental space. She received her MFT from Northwestern University. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

Welcome to my practice. I'm glad you're here, exploring how therapy might help you. I orient my work as a therapist in a strengths-based perspective, which means that whatever concerns and struggles are guiding you to therapy today, I will help you focus on the things in your life that you can control as well as the many ways you have strength and resiliency. I will help you to harness your strengths in service of navigating a path to calmness, emotional regulation and stronger interpersonal skills.


Substance use disorder - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

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

Family counseling - Working with families to address challenges and promote communication across the system

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

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

Family conflict and communication - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress


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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $160
  • Initial session: $160 (50min)


Evanston practice

2530 Crawford Avenue

Ste. 218

Evanston, IL 60201


  • Mon 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Therapist, 2014 - Present

The Family Institute, Staff Therapist, 2011 - 2014

Clinical PEER Services, 2007 - 2009

Northwestern University, Masters of Science, Marital and Family Therapy, 2005 - 2007