Therapists Specializing in Domestic Violence in Chicago

Domestic violence involves any type of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse within a relationship or family. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and it often has a huge impact on the mental and physical health of those who experience it. People who are subjected to, under the threat of, or have witnessed domestic violence may struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, and/or substance abuse.

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm, safety is the first priority. Having the support of a trusted therapist during the process of planning how to leave can be of great benefit. Once you are safe, therapy can help you heal from the psychological effects of domestic violence. Though people react in different ways when faced with stressful and potentially dangerous situations, many providers take a trauma-informed approach to therapy.

The therapists in Chicago below can help you work through your experiences, develop coping strategies, and heal. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for their expertise in domestic violence and the provision of clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Lynn  Zakeri

Lynn Zakeri

4254 Emerson Street, Skokie, IL, 60076

778 West Frontage Road, Northfield, IL, 60093

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I know the first call is the hardest. I am really responsive, warm, and genuine while also smart, practical and insightful.


Azita  Afshar

Azita Afshar

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I want you to know that I am here and appreciate the anxieties and/or hesitation in beginning the therapeutic journey. I want to tell you to trust how you feel in the room with someone and to take your time in finding what works for you. I also would like the opportunity to help and have the tools to do so. Together, we can figure out some things and help find you relief. It can get better. You are enough and everything you need may already be inside of you—we just may need to help you bring it out.


Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness

Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness

70 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 60601

6033 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60660

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

The Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness is a therapy practice dedicated to helping your brain. They work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and physical symptoms, with a particular specialty in the treatment of mental health concerns related to cognitive impairment or neurological issues.

Whatever the problem, they are there to support and guide patients and families, as they work to build the best brain they can.


Samiha  Jallouqa

Samiha Jallouqa

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Aetna Student Health Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $43 - $155 per session

Allowing yourself to be supported and uplifted during times of unease is the first step towards becoming your best self. However, without adequate support, overcoming feelings of overwhelm, sadness, disconnection, or insecurity can be an isolating and exhausting experience. This why I understand the importance of finding the right therapist.

You may be seeking to feel truly heard and understood without judgment by someone you can truly trust to help you feel more grounded, confident, and satisfied in your everyday life. As a therapist, my main goal is to create that safe and trusting relationship to guide and empower you towards achieving ultimate personal growth and to begin feeling like the best version of yourself. Together, as a team, we will utilize our relationship as a solid foundation to explore and tackle your greatest hopes and challenges, with a bit humor and lots of compassion along the way. I also understand that suffering and healing looks different for everyone. For this reason, I utilize a culturally-sensitive, personalized blend of therapeutic approaches that best fits your unique needs.

I am extremely passionate about working with young adults and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds who may struggle with a sense of otherness and never fully feeling understood, with a specialization in Arab-American and Muslim mental health. I also love helping people overcome relationship difficulties, identity and self-esteem concerns, adjustment issues and major life transitions, trauma, anxiety, and depression.


Joseph  Kanengiser

Joseph Kanengiser

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

I practice therapy based on who you are and what you are looking for. While I have expertise in a wide variety of methods, including coping skill development, psychoanalysis and executive coaching, you are the expert on yourself. Therefore, therapy is a collaborative process. Together, we will set goals to increase your fulfillment and quality of life.


Arcus Behavioral Health and Wellness

Arcus Behavioral Health and Wellness

5214 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60625

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, United Healthcare, Magellan Health, Aetna Student Health Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $30 - $175 per session

Arcus Behavioral Health & Wellness provides counseling, therapy, and psychological assessment services to individuals, couples, and families. They work with children, adolescents, and adults. They also offer services in both English and Spanish.


Stephanie  Bonza

Stephanie Bonza

1945 West Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60625

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

I look forward to working with you.


Erinn  Williams

Erinn Williams

30 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60604

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

Often clients reach out when things have piled up in their lives, and they need a place to sort things out. Together we will figure out what is getting in the way of living the life you want. I love working with people who are either looking for love or are trying to navigate their current relationship. I believe that the quality of people’s relationships have an enormous impact on their overall satisfaction in life. I’m grateful that I get to make my livelihood from helping people get what they want out of life and relationships. It’s energizing work.
Some of the most exciting parts are figuring out what is getting people stuck. Maybe there is a longing to connect, but self-sabotage keeps coming up. Or perhaps it is hard to handle intense emotions within a relationship. Sometimes there are unresolved issues from the past that keep popping up. Or maybe a combo of all three. Once we can figure what’s getting in the way, we can work on moving forward to the goal. It's cool stuff.


Self Design

Self Design

30 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60603

1569 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Self Design was born out of a desire to help people who feel lost, find themselves again. Our mission is to help you be your authentic self on your own and in relationships.  Life’s challenges often cause us to disconnect from who we are and what is important to us. Find yourself. Be yourself. Be who you want to be.

Our focus is self-awareness and self-discovery, which leads to improved self-esteem and better judgment about what decisions are right for you.  It is difficult to figure out next steps in life.  Psychotherapy with a non-judgmental, down to earth therapist can help.


Center and Room to Breathe Chicago

Center and Room to Breathe Chicago

25 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $175 per session

Center and Room to Breathe (Center) is a group practice in Millennium Park, Chicago. Each provider at Center offers a unique skillset formed by experience and training in different modalities and techniques.

Center welcomes individuals who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as those grappling with general life transitions and relationship issues.


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