Sarah Hemphill, MA, LCSW

Personal pronouns: she, her, hers

I help individuals and relationships gain insights and find the tools you can use to be more intentional in your growth.

My experience supporting those with physical and emotional trauma taught me what it takes to trust the different ways people heal. So many of us have experienced criticism and shame—from the outside world, from our own thoughts, and sometimes even from those we have reached out to for help in the past. This is why it is so important for me as a therapist to accept and support your process without judgement.

I think you are the expert on your experiences. I trust your strength. 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 collaborate with you to understand your world, and to make sure you are getting what you are looking for out of our time together.

I am passionate about supporting those grappling with parenting and pregnancy (wanted, unwanted, and terminated), addictions/substance use, and people who do/have done sex work. As a sex-positive therapist, I am comfortable working with you if you are single, partneredpoly, or working on your relationship with yourself.

I know that loss, illness, and medical struggles are part of life. I can support you in understanding and coping with life’s challenges and the ways the physical and emotional can be closely linked. I have experience working with people navigating major medical conditions, terminal illness, medical impacts on brain function (including encephalopathy and acute physical trauma), and post-operative depression. I am interested in the overlaps between the physical, emotional, chemical parts of the brain and body, and the ways you can advocate for yourself with different types of care providers.

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 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. I want to help you create the space you need to and find the tools to grow in a way that feels right for you.


Please contact me at 847-568-1100 to find out more about how we can work together.

Education & Professional Memberships

Sarah Hemphill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sarah 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 works 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 has specialized experience with the mental health impacts of addiction, liver and kidney conditions, surgery, and organ transplant. Sarah is a Certified Death Midwife, and educates other clinicians on trauma, 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)

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