LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapists

Therapy and Counseling for the LGBTQIA+ Community in Chicago

LifeWorks welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, queer, and asexual (LGBQA) individuals who want help addressing inner conflicts, relationships issues and problems in their community. Our practice is rooted in a deep belief in the value of diversity for ourselves, our families, our communities and our world.

We are also a trans-affirming practice. We know that trans identities and LGBQA identities are not mutually exclusive and that our transgender community faces some unique challenges that cisgender people do not.

Crisis Hotlines

If you are in crisis, or if you or someone you know needs immediate support following an assault or rape, contact a crisis hotline for immediate assistance.

Understanding and Support

Clinicians at LifeWorks strive to understand and support individuals facing various issues and beliefs including, but not limited to, the following:

  • the effects of stigma (i.e., prejudice, discrimination, and violence)
  • the perception that persons identifying as LGBTQIA are inherently mentally ill
  • the belief that sexual orientation can be forcibly changed
  • previous experiences with therapists who lacked knowledge of or who held biases against LGBTQIA people
  • distinguishing issues of sexual orientation from gender identity
  • relationship issues
  • conditions in the world (extended family, school, work, religious organizations, community) that are hostile to, devalue or do not recognize LGBTQIA relationships or families
  • family of origin conflicts, concerns and problems
  • challenges faced by QTPOC (Queer & Trans People of Color)
  • specific issues and risks faced by LGBTQIA youth

LGBQA+ Therapists

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As much as social attitudes change, continued  stigma, harassment, discrimination and violence towards individuals related to gender identity and expression, choice of partners and sexual orientation is a fact of life for many. If you are someone needing to work through these or other issues, please give us a call at (847) 568-1100 today to talk someone about your experience. Or, use the button below to reach out:

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