Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in Chicago

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in Chicago below who specialize in this area. 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!


The Couch Method

The Couch Method

Online Sessions, IL

7358 Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

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

The Couch Method is a therapy practice servicing individuals, families, children and adolescents located in Lincolnwood, IL. Therapists at The Couch Method bring thoughtfulness, compassion and expertise into sessions with their clients. The Couch Method believes in bringing THREE MAIN TENANTS into the therapy room including EDUCATION, INSIGHT and SKILLS. At the Couch Method we believe that in order to get better, most clients need all three. With education and knowledge, our clients feel more empowered and secure. With insight about their histories, clients can begin to understand not simply how to feel better, but WHY they might be feeling and behaving this way in the first place. And thirdly, as much as talk about our pasts can be a helpful and necessary part of the treatment process, we believe in giving our clients more immediate relief, by providing creative and effective skills to manage current symptoms.

Because our practice values, professionalism and integrity, we work with our clients to set goals and track progress. Often, goals might include processing through trauma and neglect, setting boundaries in relationships, increasing self-esteem and developing a secure and solid identity. Other goals for children, adolescents and their families might include managing life transitions, creating meaningful connection, managing oppositional behaviors, social skill development and providing tools for mood related challenges (such as anxiety and depression).

And as much as we value professionalism, we equally recognize the importance of an authentic and nurturing therapeutic relationship. Our therapists know that the therapeutic bond is an immensely important one. Clients who seek treatment often feel vulnerable, raw, overwhelmed, and hopeless, and therefore, we approach these relationships with intention, immense care, warmth and professionalism, with an aim to provide individualized treatment.


Tara  Genovese

Tara Genovese

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $170 per session

The search for a therapist that "gets it" and checks off all the boxes on your list can be exhausting. It took you so long to gather up the courage to get to this point and now you're here. You want someone that believes that more than just luck brings you to success and that will understand that achievement can take years of sacrifice. You're finally at a place where you feel like you don't have to sacrifice as much and here comes the fork in the road: one that leads to personal fulfillment despite defying expectations versus the slow march of being the dutiful, generous loyal individual that is to expect nothing in return. It's ok to want something else than what is the norm. Let's talk about the life you would like to live, schedule a free 15-minute consultation now!


Shlomit  Kirsch

Shlomit Kirsch

Online Sessions, IL

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

Welcome! I know how daunting it can be to select a therapist and start this process in general, and I commend you for taking this important step for your child or yourself. I love working with older children, teens and adults who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, self-esteem issues or relationship difficulties. I strive to provide a warm and safe environment in which we can explore, process, and deeply understand your experience, identify treatment goals and learn new strategies for coping with difficulties. My ultimate goal is to promote personal growth and help you or your child internalize our work so that you have the tools to overcome future obstacles in addition to the current ones.

If it sounds like I may be a good fit for you or your family, I welcome you to request a free phone consultation so that we can learn more about each other and determine next steps.


Megan  Walsh

Megan Walsh

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $165 per session

I know that feeling of wanting those overwhelming thoughts and feelings to just go away. I've been there. Through my personal process and advanced training as a psychotherapist, I know that it is possible to move through challenging emotions. I am passionate about helping my clients gain increased self-awareness, a restored sense of internal grounding and comfort, and a greater capacity for joy.

I promise to foster a warm, trusted, and safe therapeutic environment. My clients feel comfortable to explore the wounds of their past, work through the challenges of their present, and manifest goals for their future. Let me join you on your journey to create meaningful change and build stronger connections, both within yourself and with the important people in your life.


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.


Candice  Love

Candice Love

Online Sessions, IL

1136 South Delano Court, Chicago, IL, 60605

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

Life is truly a gift that is meant to be enriching, filled with freedom and happiness. At times we experience challenges that prevent us from living life the way we truly desire. As a modern cognitive behavioral therapist, I understand these challenges and how they may be altering you internally. I am ready to be there every step of the way to tackle the unexplainable internal struggles. My approach to therapy is a collaborative, solution focused and nonjudgmental. Through this approach I will assist you in gaining insight into who you are, empower you to grow and allow you to truly gain the life that you deserve to live.

Together we can identify the best strategies, perspectives, and mindsets in order for you to create long lasting mental, emotional, and behavioral health that can improve your life. While working together, we will navigate life transitions, ending of relationships, grief, identity issues, self love, family issues, self esteem, depression, anxiety and more.

I will see you as a respected human being and treat you with care and understanding. Our main objective together is to restore the balance and help you live the life you always envisioned and desired.


Rob  Walters

Rob Walters

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Hello and thank you for considering me as your mental health provider. I believe in meeting clients where they are in terms of readiness for treatment and hope to work towards meaningful change together. I own and manage a solo practice and keep a controlled caseload that allows me to offer more specialized attention and focused treatment for each client. I offer some flexibility when it comes to session frequency and weekly sessions may be what you are looking for but there also times when you may need to meet more than once week, bi-monthly, or less regular maintained sessions.

Emotional distress can manifest in a number of ways which may include panic attacks, irritability, sadness, impulsivity, excessive worry, grief, nightmares, feeling generally overwhelmed, difficulty coping, among many other variations. Trauma may also surface in ways that be can be difficult to understand at first. I believe that a strong therapeutic alliance is essential to exploring, processing, and developing additional coping strategies. Treatment can take on a variety of shapes and forms and I look forward to understanding your emotional experience.

I am an LGBTQ ally and provide treatment in a safe space.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an initial appointment then please contact me via email or phone.


James  Hallberg

James Hallberg

1656 West Summerdale Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60640

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Beacon Health Options, Cigna, Medicare, Multiplan or PHCS, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I am just a basic person that finds his courage every day to show up in the world to be seen and hustles when in the spaces in which need to still be found. I am engaging, unfiltered, expressive, and quirky. I strive to be able to connect with clients in a manner that sparks deeper connection and creates a safer space than where they are coming from. I am not a blank slate and I acknowledge my experiences which have shaped me and in that awareness I continue to find my curiosity. When I approach my work with a curious mind I am able to learn and understand objectively through the lens of the client and from there offer integrated support and direction to reveal the other ways in which are often not seen which can provoke and inspire change to occur.


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