Therapists Specializing in Gender Identity & Transgender Health in Chicago

Transgender and gender-nonconforming people experience the same types of mental health challenges as people whose gender identity corresponds with the sex they were born with. These mental health challenges may occur for reasons that have nothing to do with gender identity, or they may be related to the unique challenges experienced by people who are gender diverse. For example, research indicates that transgender people experience higher rates of mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety.

If you are experiencing mental health challenges, participating in therapy with a provider who has knowledge and experience in gender identity issues can help, whether or not your concerns are specifically related to your unique gender identity. Many therapists in this field identify as non-binary or transgender, and you may find that you are more comfortable working with a therapist who shares a similar identity as yours.

Just about any therapy type can be applied to challenges related to gender identity. To determine the best-fitting approach, discuss your specific situation with a therapist in Chicago below who specializes in gender identity and transgender health. These providers are aware of the need to understand unique gender identity issues and provide culturally sensitive help. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


George  Hogenson

George Hogenson

53 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL, 60604

Online Sessions, IL

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

As a Jungian analyst I am particularly interested in the depth of meaning that is often concealed in the issues people confront during life transitions and in response to trauma or other crises. I seek to provide a safe and contained space in which it is possible to explore those deeper levels of experience and build a more comprehensive understanding of one's life.


Grace  Dickman

Grace Dickman

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $115 - $175 per session

Oftentimes we subscribe to living life on someone else’s terms - whether we heed to the opinions of loved ones or conform to society’s ideals. This is especially true when we endure pain and trauma, which can disrupt our sense of self and make us second-guess our needs.

But I believe that you’re the expert in your own life. I want to create a space for you to feel safe, affirmed, and heard. By listening to you and asking questions that need to be asked, I can help us develop a sense of shared curiosity about who you are at this moment in time. I provide a space where we can feel, think, act, process, and problem-solve together in an authentic way. There are so many ways to live - let’s explore them together.


Kari  Holman

Kari Holman

Online Sessions, IL

723 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL, 60093

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I firmly believe in individualized, customized, evidenced-based care for each and every client. Your experience is unique to you, and I need to respect that by tailoring my approach to fit you and your struggles, specifically. I want each client to be my equal partner in his, her, or their therapy. I tell my clients that while I may be in the passenger seat with the road map to make suggestions, ultimately they are the ones driving the car and they choose where we will go.

Clients tell me they appreciate my laid-back attitude. I try not to take myself too seriously, but I will always, always take you and your struggles seriously. Otherwise there is little point in the therapy.

You have a natural capacity to be a happy and fully actualized person. Just as all our talents need practice and guidance so does your mental wellbeing.


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.


Gregory  Potts

Gregory Potts

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, Medicare, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

You may come to therapy because you are feeling depressed or anxious. You may not even be able to identify at first exactly what you are looking for other than a nagging feeling that you aren’t living the life you want. I strive to create a safe space for my clients to voice the thoughts, feelings, and memories that you carry around with you, and that you may never have had the chance to speak aloud. I respond to you with respect and compassion and help you to become kinder and more compassionate toward yourself. I invite you to reflect on your sources of meaning and purpose, whether they include organized religion, spirituality, or a personal philosophy of life. Giving voice to your authentic self requires courage, but it can create an opportunity for healing, change and growth. I look forward to meeting you!


Karen  Trevithick

Karen Trevithick

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

In these demanding and rapidly changing times, we can easily start to feel lost, overwhelmed, and unsure. Finding moments to breathe, (re)connect, and recharge can seem like a luxury. In choosing to start therapy, you are creating that precious time to slow down and take care of yourself. I hope to provide you that safe space to explore your goals, hopes, and fears. Through therapy, you may discover what feels missing as well as how to celebrate your strengths. We will work together to determine the path forward and find the tools that best help you reconnect with your life.


Emily  Hanneman

Emily Hanneman

4809 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60640

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

To those looking to begin therapy I would encourage you to give it a try and expect to learn a lot about yourself. We all face difficult experiences in life but we do not have to face them alone. Working with a therapist offers you a private, boundaried relationship in which to explore thoughts and feelings that might be difficult to share with others in your life.

I would also encourage you to shop around, speak to several potential therapists, and work to find a therapist who is a good fit for you. There are so many styles of therapy and personalities of therapists out there. Trust yourself and keep looking until you find the right provider for you.

If you have any questions or are interested in setting up an introductory call with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you.


Fig Tree Counseling

Fig Tree Counseling

410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Fig Tree Counseling is a group therapy practice in Chicago, IL committed to bringing compassionate and professional care to often marginalized groups, such as the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. The therapists at Fig Tree work with clients to reduce stress, heal trauma, and foster resilience, while celebrating individual identity and strength.

Fig Tree Counseling is in-network with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO insurances. They also offer a sliding scale for individuals with financial need. The providers at Fig Tree are currently offering remote therapy sessions to clients throughout Illinois, and look forward to working with you.


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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