Thomas Bateman, MSMFT

Personal pronouns: he, him, his.

Relationships are my passion, and I work collaboratively with my clients to help you build and strengthen relationships on your own terms. I use my training as a marriage & family therapist to adapt traditional couples & family therapy techniques to 21st century relationships. In our brave new world of people exploring and practicing creative relationships where many of us set our own terms, such as LGBTQ, intercultural, non-monogamous, polyamorous, kink, and BDSM relationships, I strive to help my clients fully realize the relationships that work best for them.

Thriving mentally and emotionally is not simply a matter of your own head and heart; it’s a function of how you’re doing in your social and personal contexts.  As a relationship-oriented therapist, I also will work with you to help you consider mental and relationship health in the contexts of your friendships, families, workplaces, and cultural background. In our work together, I create opportunities to help you reflect on and strengthen your most important relationships.

In my therapy, I provide a space where our therapeutic relationship does equal work to support you and challenge you to grow. I see therapy as a place where unconditional support cultivates room for a trusting therapeutic relationship enabling us to work together to meet your life’s challenges and develop with them. These therapeutic relationships can take many forms, and it is always exciting to identify dreams, set goals, work to build the life you hope to have.

My therapeutic interests are vast and diverse, and in addition to relationship and family work, I work extensively with anxietydepression, ADHD, and trauma. All of my therapeutic work is informed by an intersectional feminist perspective and a commitment to social justice.  To begin your therapeutic journey, please reach out, and we can build a therapeutic relationship to help you build a life and relationships on terms that work best for you.


Education & Professional Memberships

Thomas Bateman, MSMFT, trained as a Marriage & Family Therapist at the Family Institute at Northwestern. While there, he was trained in an integrative family systems model. He was also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) through the Family Institute’s child & adolescent anxiety clinic.

Thomas is a member of:

The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)

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