Therapists Specializing in Mood Disorders in Chicago

It’s normal to experience mood changes. However, for individuals experiencing a mood disorder, the changes are more persistent, extreme, and can impact functioning and everyday life. “Mood disorders” refers to a category of mental health conditions where a person’s emotional state is affected.

Mood disorders include two subcategories: depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. Depressive disorders are characterized by low mood and/or diminished interest or pleasure in activities, alongside other symptoms. For bipolar disorders, core features vary by diagnosis, but generally involve depressive episodes and rapid shifts in mood and energy to an elevated state, known as mania.

When low mood or large shifts in mood become overwhelming, frequent, or interfere with daily life, it can be helpful to seek support from a trained therapist to understand where the thoughts are coming from. The therapists below can help individuals gain insight into the condition, learn to identify and increase awareness of triggers and vulnerabilities, and work with evidence-based strategies to manage and reduce symptoms.

Find therapists in Chicago who specialize in mood disorders below. 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!


Alyson  Nash

Alyson Nash

3139 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60657

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

It takes courage to take care of your emotional health by committing to weekly therapy and learning new ways to relate to yourself and others. My job is to provide a mirror to reflect back to you what I hear you say and do in a nonjudgmental and empathic manner so together we can strengthen your emotional, mental and physical self. Investing in therapy is investing in yourself.


Howard  Farkas

Howard Farkas

155 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

I specialize in the treatment of emotional eating and binge eating disorder. People who struggle with this problem usually feel a deep sense of shame about their unwanted eating and their struggle to overcome it. They often feel that the problem is due to their own lack of self-control or the willpower to just stop.

I believe that emotional eating is not a passive failure of control, but an active, defiant response against external control: namely, the perceived pressure to lose weight. When people diet to please others, they eventually feel that it’s unfair and rebel against it. That feeling of being controlled is what triggers emotional eating, not the tempting food. When anxiety about  the uncontrolled eating takes over, the diet pressure returns and the cycle continues. 

If you recognize this pattern in your own behavior, therapy can help you break the binge-diet cycle and establish a more positive relationship with food, and with yourself.


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!


Artesian Collaborative

Artesian Collaborative

73 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, 60603

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Magellan Health, Aetna Student Health Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $200 per session

Sometimes we have what we need inside, but we have trouble tapping into it. We want to change but we just aren’t sure we have the stamina, ability or reserve to make it through. Sometimes we just don’t know where to start. All it takes is one step to move closer to the support you need to meet your goals. At Artesian Collaborative, LLC all our therapists are dedicated to helping our clients navigate through the tension and pain in life towards growth and change. We recognize that your identity, culture, history, relationships and experiences all come together to create who you are. Therapy is not a one size fits all model and requires us collaborate through a diversity of treatments, techniques and modalities to unearth your internal resources, build skills and take steps towards your values.

Dr. Sunitha Chandy's goal is to work with people to help them navigate pain and tension and turn it into growth that improves their lives, relationships, communities and the world.

Ben Tudor is passionate about bringing the real world into the therapy room so that skills and development can improve people’s daily lives.

Rosondunnii Marshall understands that it's normal to feel fear when stepping into change and she works with her clients so they don’t have to be stopped or dismayed by said fears or doubts.

Jackie Chavez strongly believes in balance and growth, meaning together she works with her clients to turn pain into purpose.


Generations Behavioral Healthcare

Generations Behavioral Healthcare

15 Spinning Wheel Road, Hinsdale, IL, 60521

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $40 - $80 per session

Generations Behavioral Healthcare (GBH) is a group practice in Hinsdale, IL that provides cutting-edge concierge behavioral healthcare with an emphasis on personalized, evidence-based care.

GBH offers all types of behavioral healthcare treatment. including psychiatric medication management, neuropsychological testing, counseling, and executive coaching. The providers at GBH offer services in-office, at-home, and through telepsychiatry. GBH provides compassionate care to all age groups and works with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.


Lillian  de Blecourt

Lillian de Blecourt

25 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

Whether or not you're new to psychotherapy, I know it can take courage to reach out for help and support. I welcome your questions and am happy to talk with you about what you need from therapy and what I can offer as your therapist.


Anna  Celander

Anna Celander

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $40 - $130 per session

Most of the clients I work with are struggling with life transitions, general stress, and/or anxiety. In addition to navigating general feelings of hopelessness and worry, I specialize in assisting clients who are coping with a cancer diagnosis, as well as care givers to those that are diagnosed. I have experience working with young adults, adults, and older adults. If you are searching for nonjudgmental support, are interested in having concrete skills to help cope, or would like to use creativity as an outlet to explore your struggles, I am here to help.

Seeking help from a therapist can be overwhelming. My goal is to make the process as seamless as possible. If you are searching for support while navigating the inevitable ups and downs of life, or are coping with a cancer diagnosis, feel free to schedule a free consultation call today.


Greater Chicago Counseling Center

Greater Chicago Counseling Center

480 North McClurg Court, Chicago, IL, 60611

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $130 per session

Greater Chicago Counseling Center is a psychotherapy practice in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. They specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families navigate topics including anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and communication issues. 
The providers at Greater Chicago Counseling Center view therapy as a collaborative, engaging process, and take a strengths-based approach that empowers clients to understand their challenges and themselves on a deeper level.


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.


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