Orli  Firestein

Orli Firestein


Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Illinois Waitlist Online
Edgewater Waitlist In-person
Updated December 19, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression

Professional statement

Orli Firestein is a licensed clinical social worker committed to providing affirming, authentic, and compassionate psychotherapy. Her clients are unique, caring, and bright folks who are interested in exploring their identity and letting go of harmful narratives about who they should be or how they should spend their time. Many of Orli's clients discover that they are neurodivergent later in life and have a desire to better understand themselves and the world they live in through this lens.

Orli partners with clients as an ally and collaborator, viewing therapy as an opportunity to gain better self-understanding and acceptance while dismantling oppressive and hurtful beliefs projected onto clients by themselves or others. Frequently explored themes in sessions include autistic burnout, managing executive functioning challenges, and compassion fatigue. Over time, clients will begin to identify and communicate what they need from others and themselves in order to feel content and supported.

Orli is passionate about co-creating an inclusive and neurodiversity-affirming practice that serves as a safe space for folks of all gender identities and neurotypes. Currently, Orli mostly operates through teletherapy, however she is able to accommodate in-person therapy requests in her Edgewater office depending on client needs and schedule.

Message to clients

Are you struggling to connect with others or feel alone? Perhaps this leads to frustration or alienation. Or maybe you find yourself frequently putting others' needs above your own, to the point where you feel run-down and emotionally exhausted. You may be facing a major life change or decision, either for yourself or for your family. In these situations, it can be challenging to tap into your own thoughts or cope with overwhelming emotions. It can be hard to know where to start, but you don't have to do it on your own!

I would like to share that I have found therapy to be hugely helpful in my own mental health and neurodivergence journey and understand the vulnerability and bravery it takes to engage in psychotherapy. Ideally, therapy is a dynamic partnership. I encourage you to take the first step by reaching out so that we can uncover the root cause of your suffering before figuring out ways to make life more manageable while remaining authentic to your values and needs. I look forward to joining you on your path towards healing and self-discovery!


ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

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

Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation

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

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

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Loyola University Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Chicago Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • University of Illinois Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $140 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $140

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week


Online Sessions (Illinois)
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 10AM-5PM
  • Tue 10AM-2PM
  • Wed 10AM-5PM
  • Thu 2-5PM
  • Fri 9AM-1PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Edgewater practice
5547 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 407, Chicago, Illinois 60640
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10AM-2PM
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

North Shore Psychotherapy, LLC, Psychotherapist , 2019 - 2023
JCFS Chicago-Therapeutic Day School, School social worker and intake clinician , 2015 - 2020

University of Chicago, Masters in Social Work, School Specialization, 2015


Illinois: 149.019783