Therapists Specializing in Trauma in Chicago

Trauma is generally considered to be a psychological injury that occurs in reaction to an intensely distressing experience. These experiences can range from upsetting events, such as an accident or the loss of a loved one, to more extreme events, such as rape, war, or a natural disaster. Following such an adverse event, it’s normal and natural to experience a short period of psychological distress. Symptoms present differently from person-to-person but often include feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, and guilt; sleep and appetite problems are also common. A majority of people find that these symptoms settle down in the days and weeks following the trauma and are then able to move on.

For some people, however, the symptoms do not decrease after living through such adverse events and can lead to mental health challenges that interfere with day-to-day life. Individuals who continue to experience significant distress and impairment may be experiencing acute stress disorder (ASD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both of which are diagnosable mental health conditions. These conditions can involve intrusive re-experiencing of traumatic events, avoidance of trauma reminders, and arousal symptoms (such as hypervigilance). As overwhelming and pervasive as such conditions may feel, know that they are treatable.

The treatment of trauma requires a specialized and careful approach by a trained mental health professional. Seek out evidence-based therapy, such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), prolonged exposure therapy, or cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Some therapy types involve gradual exposure to reminders of the traumatic experience, though this is not always a necessary component of treatment. Other therapy types that do not involve exposure nonetheless aim to help you recover and live a full and meaningful life.

Find vetted therapists in Chicago who specialize in trauma 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!


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.


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.


Garrett  Shotwell

Garrett Shotwell

Online Sessions, IL

7300 North Cicero 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: $75 - $150 per session

It is so brave of you to reach out, as it's not always easy to do.  I believe that mental health should be accessible to everyone.  My first goal upon our initial interaction is see if we are a good fit.  I encourage you to do as many consultations as appropriate to find the Therapist that works for you.

Once we are working together, I believe that your experience in therapy should be adjusted to fit your needs... Which may change from session-to-session. Sometimes that means processing through something challenging, other times it's providing education on exactly what happens to your brain when you feel anxiety. Though, the most common theme is creating a vulnerable space for you to be seen - There is nothing more powerful :)

If you are feeling drawn to my warm approach, reach out and we can see what we create. Best of luck on your searching! 


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.


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.


InTouch & Motion

InTouch & Motion

4028 Illinois 19, Chicago, IL, 60641

4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60613

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: $160 per session

InTouch & Motion is a creative arts therapy practice in Chicago, IL whose providers offer individual therapy for adults, children, and adolescents as well as couples, family, and group therapy sessions.

COVID-19 Update: InTouch & Motion is offering in-person therapy sessions at this time; however, please note that a telehealth intake is required first. In-person sessions may then be determined to be plausible based on safety and privacy concerns (as discussed with the therapist during the intake appointment).


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.


Richard  Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Optum, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $120 per session

It has been in my heart to be a therapist ever since I was young. I truly find purpose in helping others and improving your quality of life. This is why I added to my practice with Yoga. I want to ensure that I have the tools to help you reach your goals.

If you are open and willing, you can make a change. The biggest reason I see people not moving forward with change is that facing trauma is extremely uncomfortable, and who can blame them. With me, I use Cognitive Processing Therapy. This means we don't go into detail about your trauma unless you want to. Our main goal is to figure out what is keeping you stuck, and help you get unstuck.

I think working as a team is the most important thing. I am not going to make you do anything you don't want to do. I may make suggestions you disagree with, and that's okay. This is your treatment and my goal is to give you the tools and challenge you to reach your goals. We are looking for small changes, as most change does not happen overnight. I have confidence that you can make that change.


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.


Mary Ellen  Withers

Mary Ellen Withers

137 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60301

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: $80 - $150 per session

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