Rick  Cummings

Rick Cummings

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for weekend appointments in North Side practice (updated November 18, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness
  • Life transitions
  • Race & cultural identity

Professional statement

Rick Cummings is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Lake View neighborhood in Chicago who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for anxiety and depression. Many of his clients have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) that is connected with the stress of navigating a life transition, social situations, and/or relationships. While he sees adults across the lifespan, Rick also frequently works with adolescents.

Rick utilizes client-centered, solution-focused therapies that help clients rework and reframe their thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors in addition to developing healthier coping strategies. With a background in finance and marketing, Rick is very goal-oriented and likes to keep sessions structured around issues that are directly impacting a client. He spends time working with his clients to deconstruct their most pressing symptoms and what tools they can use on their road to recovery.

When working with teens and pre-teens, Rick frequently utilizes play therapy to keep them engaged and allow them to gain a better understanding of their emotions and how to navigate social situations, like how to develop a friendship. He also implements mindfulness techniques when helpful.

Rick cares about his clients’ wellbeing and is passionate about helping them learn to manage their systems and become more empowered to step outside of their comfort zone and enjoy all that life has to offer Before going into private practice, he worked for the number one Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in the world where he would frequently work with individuals who were dealing with work stress and/or anxiety. He also worked as a counselor at a few different Chicago Public Schools. He received his MSW from Loyola University. His office is located just a few blocks from the Paulina stop off of the Brown Line.

Message to clients

Do you feel no one understands your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, especially you? Are you feeling as if your life is a confusing spiral? And the same distressing themes repeat over and over again? Do you want to feel better? And work through the distress at your own pace?


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

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Mindfulness - Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress

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

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $75 (50min)
  • Initial session: $75 (50min)


North Side practice

3139 North Lincoln Avenue

Suite 228

Chicago, IL 60657

  • Mon 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun 10:00am-2:00pm

Work and Education

ComPsych Corporation, Guidance Counselor, 2015 - 2018

Freedom House Reentry, Education & Employment Corporation, Guidance Counselor, 2014 - 2015

Union Ridge School, Guidance Counselor, 2013 - 2014


  • English

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