Kate Koester, MA, LCPC

Kate Koester - Children & Adolescents, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Trauma in Chicago

Pronouns: she, her, hers.


I work with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma and shame. 

Through a depth-oriented psychological approach, I offer a safe environment where individuals can feel fully accepted, heard and understood.  In this accepting environment,  your greatest struggles can be transformed to wisdom, your sense of isolation and rejection can become experiences of belonging and reciprocity, and hope can emerge from the sorrow, loneliness and desperation you may feel.

In reflecting on the past, acknowledging old wounds, and compassionately exploring many aspects of your experience, an inner experience of self-awareness and self-acceptance awakens, where hope, compassion and love can grow.

Radical acceptance of self is the keystone to transforming life into a journey of exciting possibilities.  I welcome all diverse identities, including LGBTQ+.

Kate Koester, MA, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor with an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. She works from a Jungian approach and is particularly interested in how the unconscious guides individuals towards inner wholeness and authenticity.  Her passion is for working with those who are experiencing loneliness, rejection and isolation, and being by their side as they grow into a fuller relationship with themselves and their community. As a mother of two children some of her most important work has also been with parents struggling to find balance and joy within difficult family dynamics.

Kate trained at the following institutions:
Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Deep River Within Facilitator Training, Boston, MA
Loyola University Sex Therapy Clinic, Maywood, IL
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Denison University, Granville, OH

Kate is a member of:
American Counseling Association
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)

For more information or to make an appointment, please call or email:[email protected]  847-568-1100

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LifeWorks serves the north suburbs including Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge and Glencoe as well as Chicago neighborhoods including Central Loop, Lakeview, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.