Danielle Carlson, LMFT,Director of Training

Pronouns: she/her, they/them

I offer an affirming, sex-positive space that acknowledges my clients’ varied and marginalized identities, their experiences in the world as well as their own personal strengths and struggles as an individual.  My special focus is working with queer and trans couples and individuals, as well as alternative relationship configurations and erotic practices, such as non-monogamy and kink.

I help clients connect to their deeper nature and inner wisdom through compassionate self-exploration. Together we can explore and address gender and sexuality, coming out, and experiences of marginalization related to all types of identities.

As a marriage and family therapist, I help couples, relationships and families to examine and create new patterns, communicate more openly and lovingly, and strengthen the relationships in their lives. I can work with you and your partner(s) around infidelity, pre-marital issues, periods of transition, and opening up your relationship.

My approach to therapy focuses on helping clients to identify, explore, and, if helpful, lift constraints that may be interfering with their ability to live their own definition of a healthy, balanced life.  I work collaboratively with clients to examine trans-generational patterns, heal wounds and the effects of past trauma, create more meaningful and rewarding relationships, and enrich their relationship to themselves.

Please contact me and learn more about how we can work together.

Education & Professional Memberships

Danielle Carlson, MSMFT, LMFT holds a Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University where she focused on working with gender and sexuality. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University.

Danielle has trained at the following institutions:
The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Princeton University, New Jersey

Danielle is a member of:
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)

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