Chris Edwards, MSW

Pronouns: he, him, his

I offer an identity-affirming space for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and other life stresses. I welcome your humanity and the different aspects of who you are—such as gender, sexuality, race, religion, relationship configuration, disability, neurodiversity, and body type. Likewise, the work I do acknowledges that many identities, bodies, and behaviors are marginalized by this society, and so healing work often includes exploring and addressing how we’re impacted by these contexts.

Self-exploration, healing, and growth happen best when we’re feeling acknowledged, supported, and connected to others. Because of this, I believe in the importance of meeting you where you’re at right now, in your day and in your life. I strive to balance curiosity, compassion, and respect in the work we do together.

As a strengths-based, trauma-informed, and developmentally sensitive therapist, I acknowledge that the skills that have helped you survive in life are just as important as acknowledging your struggles. Likewise, being developmentally sensitive means that I have specialized training in understanding how the human brain and body can be shaped by experience, influencing our lives differently over the lifespan. As our lives progress and change, so do our needs. So, in addition to relational work, I also offer and welcome different forms of experiential work, such as writing and drawing, play, mindfulness and meditation, and somatic exploration.

I look forward to meeting you! Please contact me to learn more about how we can work together.

Education & Professional Memberships

Chris Edwards, MSW has a master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on trauma-informed practices and systems-based approaches to therapy. He previously attained a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Most recently, Chris worked with clients struggling with addiction and mental health at Foundations Recovery Network Chicago. Chris is Phase 1 certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Chris has trained at the following institutions:

Loyola University Chicago
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Texas at Austin
Foundations Recovery Network Chicago

Chris is a member of:

National Association for Social Workers – NASW
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)

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