Sarah Hemphill, MSW

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

My experience with people working with physical and emotional trauma, loss, illness, and medical struggles has taught me about what it takes to provide a non-judgmental space.

I also have experience supporting those grappling with parenting and pregnancy (wanted, unwanted, and terminated), addictions/substance use concerns, and people who do/have done sex work.

As a sex-positive therapist, I am comfortable working with you if you are single, partnered, poly, or even working on your relationship with yourself.

We can all use some time to step back and reflect on how to best move forward, particularly when life gets overwhelming, painful, or you feel uncertain.  I believe that therapy empowers us to prepare for and address the complicated, varied, and difficult parts of life when we’re not sure how to go further.  Just as we all have a life long relationship with our physical health (or illness), we can all do things to support and care for our mental health. I can help you create the space you need to and find the tools to grow in a way that feels right for you.

I think you are the expert on your experiences. I trust your strength, especially that you know best what it feels like to be you. Each person’s therapy is a unique process of discovering and building on what works best for them. This means that I am committed to listen, trust, and work to understand what your world has looked like, taught you.

Please contact me to find out more about how we might work together.

Sarah Hemphill is a Licensed Social Worker who holds graduate degrees both in Social Work and in Social Justice from Loyola University of Chicago, where she focused on trauma and medical ethics, and has a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. Sarah has studied mindfulness and is interested in the ways intentionality impacts people’s daily lives. She has also trained in feminist counseling and advocacy at Preterm Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Sarah has worked with LGBTQ clients and their families in both in-patient and out-patient medical settings and has experience with sex workers and HIV+ individuals. Sarah is a Certified Death Midwife, and educates other clinicians on death, loss, and terminal diagnoses.

Sarah has trained at the following institutions:

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Preterm Clinic
Loyola School of Social Work
Loyola Institute of Pastoral Studies
Oberlin College

Sarah is member of the following professional organizations:

Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)
Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)
International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG)
Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC)

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

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.