Therapists Specializing in Phobias & Fears in Chicago

Some degree of fear can be a healthy reaction to many common situations, but when these fears become especially persistent, they can affect our wellbeing and everyday functioning. Phobias refer to a mental health condition in which an individual consistently experiences intense, typically irrational fear in reaction to a specific situation or object. These fears can be specific phobias in response to a certain thing – like snakes or blood – or they might be broader, falling under the umbrella of phobias like social phobia or agoraphobia.

Trained mental health professionals can help people work through phobias. Although therapists differ in their treatment approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are commonly used and effective. In therapy, individuals learn strategies for managing symptoms of anxiety, and then work through a process of gradual exposures to the feared situation or object. When done slowly and systematically, people desensitize to the trigger and no longer feel such intense fear in response.

Find therapists in Chicago who specialize in phobias and fears 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!


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.


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.


Whitley  Lassen

Whitley Lassen

Online Sessions, IL

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

I will work with you to learn coping skills and strategies to manage stress and anxiety, so that you can live a meaningful and purposeful life. At the end of therapy, you will be like your own therapist. Take control of your anxiety, worry, fears, and phobias today by scheduling a phone consultation.


Simrin  Jaglan

Simrin Jaglan

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Whatever brought you here, it shows acknowledgement that we are human and awareness of our ability to work through our pains. It takes courage to recognize that additional help is needed and to try something different than you may be used to. Take a moment and appreciate your bravery; this is you trying something new, something you may not have thought about before! I believe we all experience pain in life; what’s important is to identify the healthiest ways to manage it and how to stay present. We can learn to channel our energy into valued living and be productive with our pain. I hope to encourage you to embrace life’s challenges, using your own strengths and internal resources, to move in the direction of growth and valued living. My intention is to provide a safe and motivating space to nurture insight, confidence, and readiness to take action in your life; to build a life you are proud and inspired to live.

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I believe that you can live the life you desire. It starts with awareness that something is ‘stuck’, not working in the way we hoped it would, and willingness to acknowledge the need to reassess and try something different. Yes, it may be easier said than done; however, when you expand awareness of how your inner world is impacting your outer world (and vice versa) it opens up countless directions to choose from, creating opportunities for change and to build the life you truly want to live. When we learn to embrace the rollercoaster of life and to navigate its challenges in healthy ways, we have more energy to act in ways we value and to move in directions of our choice. When we are present, confident to take on the good and the bad, we have the ability, power, and space to create a life that is meaningful, joyful, and genuine. I hope to support you in your journey, providing you with the skills and insight needed, to grow and achieve your goals!


Kelli  Fitzgerald

Kelli Fitzgerald

1300 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60657

Online Sessions, IL

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

In therapy, positive outcomes are highly associated with the relationship between client and therapist. When this collaboration is sturdy- it becomes a tool in and of itself. Even in short term work, there is so much that is possible!


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.


Ellis  Bernstein

Ellis Bernstein

Online Sessions, IL

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

Good therapy works. However, there are often barriers between you and "good therapy." It's hard to find a therapist that is a fitting match, hard to look at your life with honesty, and hard to work on becoming a better person. I understand that this process of finding a therapist is oftentimes daunting, frustrating, and difficult. Whether we end up working together or not, I want to use this message to encourage you to take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, and keep at it. It typically works best for clients to schedule consultations with a couple different therapists, and try to get a sense for which pairing feels like a good fit. Trust your gut - you'll know it when you find it. All the while, I hope you remember one thing that I find to be abundantly clear: good therapy works!


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.


Bianca  Busch

Bianca Busch

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $400 per session

Hello! It is an honor to witness, and keep confident, the stories of my patients while working with them on their healing journeys. I have world-renowned training in evidence-based management of common psychiatric illnesses, which include the use of lifestyle modifications, therapy, and medications. Let’s work together to elevate your life!


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.


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