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  • Solution Focused Counseling

    AGENCY: CENTER FOR CONTEXTUAL CHANGE
    ADDRESS: 821 W. Van Buren, Chicago
    CONTACT: John Hughes
    PHONE: (847) 676-4447 x 304
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Known for our dynamic treatment of trauma, violence and the effects of abusive behaviors, we at Center for Contextual Change base our therapeutic process on a unique treatment, The Collaborative Stage Model (CSM). Co-created by Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, the founder of the Center for Contextual Change, CSM is a solution-focused, three-stage model aimed at facilitating change through collaboration between the client and therapist; the client will experience positive shifts in their internal, relational, and environmental worlds.

    Who We Are

    We are a group of nationally recognized, highly trained psychotherapists specializing in trauma, domestic and family violence, child and adult sexual abuse, addiction, compulsion, self-injurious behavior, and severe emotional and behavioral disorders. We work with couples, children, families and communities, and through school, church and professional referrals, DCFS and non-profits, and court appointed treatment.

    Our Commitment

    We treat all clients, regardless of economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, survivor history or offending behaviors. Same-sex relationships are challenged by a unique set of issues, created by our world interacting with our own personalities, vulnerabilities, and strengths. We are experts in working with GLBT couples to heal wounds, empower change, open communications and restore sex and love.

    Associated Tags: couples counseling , Family counseling , Individual therapy , trauma , treatment groups , violence , young adult

  • Behavioral Health Program

    AGENCY: CARE 2 PREVENT
    ADDRESS: 5837 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, Wyler Pavillion, Suite 638, Chicago Il, 60637
    CONTACT: Connor Williams
    EMAIL: Not Listed
    PHONE: (773) 702-4843
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    C2P is a program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons on Chicago’s South Side that is part of Care2Prevent at the University of Chicago.

    Welcome to the Behavioral Health Program at Care2Prevent. We are a community of social workers with a deep commitment to enhancing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being of our clients. We have experience working with the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV.

    Associated Tags: alcohol , anxiety , community groups , couples , depression , gender identity , LGBTQ Identity , life transitions , resources , same-gender loving , self-esteem , SGL , support , transitioning , trauma and loss

  • COUNSELING SERVICES

    AGENCY: Beverly Therapists
    ADDRESS: 10725 S. Western Ave. 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60643
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: 773-310-3488
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: No
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Our goal is to become a community and personal resource to foster emotional and mental well-being; and to support you on your journey of discovering your new path to possibilities and hope.

    Beverly Therapists was created to become a community resource to help you find the right therapist for you and your family. We are a group of psychotherapists, each with our own private practice, working together in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. We built Beverly Therapists to honor and provide for your diversity and needs, giving you many qualified therapists to choose from in one place.

    Associated Tags: addictions , ADHD , anger management , anxiety , bereavement and loss , counseling services , depression , divorce , mental health , PTSD , stress , trauma

  • YOUTH SUPPORT GROUP

    AGENCY: BEVERLY THERAPISTS
    ADDRESS: 10725 S. Western Ave. 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60643
    CONTACT: Bonn Wade
    PHONE: (773) 330-2544
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: No
    HOURS:
    5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Every second Sunday of every month.

    Gendernauts is a supportive group for youth who are exploring a gender identity or expression that transcends traditional stereotypes, blends or breaks the gender binary, or otherwise pushes normative ideas about gender. This dynamic group welcomes those who identify as transgender (male-to-female; female-to-male), androgynous, gender non-conforming, gender-queer, or those teens who are simply questioning their gender.

    Topics may include:

    -Coming out (or not) as trans or gender non-conforming
    -Negotiating experiences at school with peers, teachers, & administrators
    -Building supportive family relationships with parents/guardians, siblings, & extended family members related to gender
    -Dialogue around using preferred names & gender pronouns—and experiences of getting others onboard
    -Traversing dating & romantic relationships
    -Exploring feelings about body image and expressing gender through clothing & other style choices
    -Navigating sex-segregated spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms, & team sports
    -Additional topics to be determined by group participants!

    Associated Tags: coming out , gender exploring , gender identity , gender queer , questioning , support , teens , trans , trans-youth

  • Group for Parents of Transgendered Youth

    AGENCY: GUIDED PATH PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
    ADDRESS: 201 E Dundee Road, Palatine, IL 60074
    CONTACT: Dr. Bonnie Estensen or Dan Frett
    PHONE: (630) 915-6472
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Every other Thursday 6:30PM-8:00PM

    A group addressing the specific needs and concerns of parents who have a transgender child (or children) of any age and maybe struggling.  Regardless if the child may be questioning or in the process of transitioning, the purpose of the group is to provide education, support and an opportunity to explore the feelings associated with your child’s process. With emotions possibly ranging from shock to fear, doubt to acceptance, anger to guilt, it is important to know that this is a safe space in which it is OK to not be OK.  The group is expected to meet every other Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at our offices at 201 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, Illinois 60074.  The group is planned to meet for an initial eight sessions and after the first meeting participants will be asked to commit to attend the remaining sessions.   The group will be initially facilitated by Dr Bonnie Estensen, Psy D, LCPC and Dan Frett, MS, LCPC joined by Jackie Frett , a paraprofessional with extensive work with  LGBT parents.
    Fees per session will be $30 per individual parent with a combined charge of $40 with both parents in attendance.  Insurance coverage when applicable will be accepted for payment.  Interested parties are asked to contact Dan Frett at 630-915-6472 or danfgpps@gmail.com to arrange a phone screening prior to joining the group and/or ask any questions that may assist you.

    Associated Tags: Guided Path Psychological Services , mental health , parents , support groups , transgender , youth

  • HIV/AIDS Counseling and Psychosocial Support

    AGENCY: PROJECT VIDA
    ADDRESS: 2659 S. Kedvale Ave., Chicago, IL 60623
    CONTACT: Ana Gonzalez
    PHONE: (773) 277-2291
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Project VIDA is a culturally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and direct services community-based organization located on Chicago’s West Side. Project VIDA was founded by a consortium of volunteers in 1992 to address the unique needs and concerns of Latino and African American individuals at risk for or currently living with HIV/AIDS. We began with two co-founders distributing condoms out of a hardware store in Little Village (over 90,000 residents), then grew to have our own space, and now have two sites with dedicated and committed staff, volunteers, contractors, and Board of Directors. Project VIDA’s mission was newly revised in 2010 and is now “to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities in underserved communities by promoting self-empowerment and providing holistic health education and direct services.”

    The Mental Health Counseling service provides individual and couples counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones, as well as psychosocial individual wellness counseling and HIV support groups in English & Spanish. The services include:

    Weekly: “Esperanza” – Spanish Language Support Group on Friday 3-5pm

    Bi-weekly: “The Power of Knowledge” – English Language Support Group on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month 1-3pm

    Weekly: Individual therapy sessions provided by a licensed counselor. Contact Ana Gonzalez, LCPC.

    Associated Tags: African American , Hispanic , HIV , HIV/AIDS , HIV/AIDS Counseling , Latino , PROJECT VIDA , support , therapy group

  • Meet Up Support Site

    AGENCY: INTERSEX CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Are you intersex? Have you ever felt you fall between the male and female check boxes?

    Intersex people physically differ from the “standard” male and female. These differences might be genetic, hormonal, or genital. We have features typical of both male and female at once or may have no clearly defined sexual features at all. There are many different kinds of intersex people.

    INTERSEX CHICAGO is the first meetup group of its kind – a safe, confidential meetup for all intersex people and their allies in the Chicago area. Meet other intersex people. Make new friends. Find out more about intersex. Explore and celebrate your difference.

    Associated Tags: communities , confidential , gender , intersex , Intersex Chicago , meetup , support group

  • Deaf Counseling Center

    AGENCY: DEAF COUNSELING CENTER
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL, 60602
    CONTACT: Dr. Candace A. McCullough
    PHONE:
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    9:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. Monday through Friday

    Deaf Counseling Center is a Deaf and Lesbian owned counseling and psychological service that provides Deaf LGBT-friendly in-person and videophone and therapy for Deaf LGBT clients. Contact us to learn more about our services.

    Our approach to therapy is primarily Deaf-centered and existential-humanistic in orientation. As the first psychotherapists to conceptualize a Deaf-centered framework of therapy and the first to establish a practice grounded in a Deaf-centered philosophy, we are conscious of how Deaf people’s lives are shaped by their identities and experiences as members of this cultural and linguistic minority group, as well as the many other intersectionalities in their lives.

    Associated Tags: American Sign Language , ASL , counseling , deaf , mental health

  • Future Focused: Support Group for Newly Diagnosed with HIV

    AGENCY: TEST POSITIVE AWARE NETWORK (TPAN)
    ADDRESS: 5050 N. Broadway St., Ste. 300, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: Everett Moran, LSW
    PHONE: (773) 989-9400 x209
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    9a.m. to 9p.m. Monday through Thursday ; 9a.m. to 5p.m. Fridays

    Future Focused is geared towards HIV-positive MSM (men who have sex with men) of all ethnicities, ages 18 and up. The goal is to help those who are newly diagnosed or coming to terms with an HIV diagnosis to feel less overwhelmed, more hopeful, better educated about HIV and preventing secondary transmission, treatment options, and how to access needed services. The expectation is that by addressing the underlying issues which lead to risk-taking, individuals will be less likely to continue harmful behaviors. Registration is required, but the group is free of charge.

    Contact Everett Moran, LSW for more information: e.moran@tpan.com or 773-989-9400 x209

  • Stroger Hospital Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine

    AGENCY: CORE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 2020 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 572-4500
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at Stroger Hospital & CORE Center is staffed by physicians, psychologists, nurses and social workers who provide comprehensive medical and mental health care for adolescents and young adults ages 13-24. All services are confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish), youth and LGBT friendly. If you need an immediate appointment, contact Brenda Robinson at (312) 864-3582.

    Associated Tags: adolescent , advocacy , Core Center , health , mental heatlh , prevention & wellness , primary care , youth

  • Social Group for Transgendered Individuals

    AGENCY: GUIDED PATH PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, LLC
    ADDRESS: 201 E. Dundee Rd., Palatine, IL 60074
    CONTACT: Dr. Bonnie Estensen
    PHONE: (847) 991-7284
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    6p.m. - 8p.m on the 3rd Friday of Every Month

    This social group will provide a safe place where folks who are in ALL stages of transitioning (including questioning) can meet with each other, develop friendships, have support and just connect. This group is free of charge and will be peer lead, meaning that although Guided Path has therapeutic support groups lead by professional staff, this group will be a little different from that. Bring a friend, the only criteria is that all attending should identify as gender fluid, transgendered, or questioning.

    RSVP is required.

    Associated Tags: Guided Path Psychological Services , mental health , queer , social , support group , transgender

  • Men’s Domestic Violence Perpetrator Group

    AGENCY: DEER REHABILITATION SERVICES, INC.
    ADDRESS: 3936 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60624
    CONTACT: Dr. Dennis Deer; Dr. Kimberly Thomas
    PHONE: (773) 826-0398
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m. on Tuesdays

    Deer Rehabilitation Services provides an open LGBT specific domestic violence perpetrator group for individuals that are interested in joining. Deer recognizes the need for specialized treatment and information for people in same sex relationships or identifying as LGBT and offers this group to accommodate that.

    Participants in these groups learn and discuss how power, control and excitement promotes discrimination, oppression and ultimately the abuse of women by men and men by women. In addition, men & women (separate groups) examine and share their beliefs about men and women in our society and how their beliefs drive their choices and consequences.

    There are two locations. The Chicago site is on Roosevelt. The Riverside location is 7222 Cermak Ste 701 in Riverside, IL 60130. Contact Central Intake at 773-826-0398.

    Associated Tags: Deer Rehabilitation Services Inc. , domestic violence , domestic violence perpetrators , DRS , men , mental health , perpetrator , therapy groups

  • Women’s Domestic Violence Perpetrator Group

    AGENCY: DEER REHABILITATION SERVICES, INC.
    ADDRESS: 3936 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60624
    CONTACT: Dr. Dennis Deer; Dr. Kimberly Thomas
    PHONE: (773) 826-0398
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    9:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. on Saturdays

    Deer Rehabilitation Services provides an open LGBT specific domestic violence perpetrator group for individuals that are interested in joining. Deer recognizes the need for specialized treatment and information for people in same sex relationships or identifying as LGBT and offers this group to accommodate that.

    Participants in these groups learn and discuss how power, control and excitement promotes discrimination, oppression and ultimately the abuse of women by men and men by women. In addition, men & women (separate groups) examine and share their beliefs about men and women in our society and how their beliefs drive their choices and consequences.

    Associated Tags: Deer Rehabilitation Services Inc. , domestic violence , domestic violence perpetrators , DRS , mental health , perpetrator , therapy groups , women

  • Trauma Recovery Group

    AGENCY: INTRASPECTRUM COUNSELING
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: Erica Garceau
    PHONE: (773) 750-3505
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Tuesdays for 12 weeks. 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

    Trauma impacts our lives in many ways. It can affect how we engage in relationship and how we view ourselves and the world around us. This 12-week process group is designed to help decrease the impact of past trauma. Structured, goal-oriented work, in a safe community, can be a powerful support on your path of healing. In this Trauma Recovery Group, we will work together to expand our skills and gain deeper understanding of the effects of a traumatic past.

    *Current individual therapy with attention to posttraumatic symptoms is required for participation.

    Associated Tags: counseling , Intraspectrum Counseling , mental health , therapy groups , trauma

  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

    AGENCY: EDWARD HINES, JR. VA HOSPITAL
    ADDRESS: 5000 S. 5th Ave., Hines, IL 60141
    CONTACT: Lorry Luscri and Mandi Evanson
    PHONE: (708) 202-8387
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Every Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

    Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care to all veterans and is a key treatment facility within the Great Lakes regional network of VA hospitals and outpatient clinics. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the southern tier hub of the Great Lakes region for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

    Hines VA hospital is a leader in treatment equality and is committed to providing quality care to all veterans, including the estimated 26,000 Illinois veterans who identify as LGBT. In order to provide culturally-sensitive and appropriate services to the LGBT community, Hines VA hospital emphasizes four core elements: 1) patient non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, 2) an equal visitation policy that allows any person the patient chooses, including same-sex partners to be present during a patient’s stay, 3) an employment non-discrimination policy, and 4) training in LGBT patient-centered care. Their efforts in promoting equality were recognized in 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index as being a leader in LGBT Health Care Equality.

    Hines VA hospital currently operates 471 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Elgin, Kankakee, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, and Joliet. Over 600,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2010 providing care to over 54,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties. In FY 2010 the budget for Hines was over $510 million, allowing them to provide a wide range of primary and specialty services to all members of the veterans community.

    Associated Tags: adult , basic needs , case management , counseling , end of life , health , homeless services , intensive treatment , mental health , prevention & wellness , primary care , specialty care , substance use , veterans

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance LGBTQ (Support Group)

    AGENCY: DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE (DBSA) GLBT CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: Bob Kazel
    PHONE: 872-216-3272
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Saturdays 11 am to 12:30 pm

    DBSA GLBT Chicago is a peer-led, weekly support group for people with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar illness and other serious psychiatric problems. Our meetings are free and confidential. Our chapter is dedicated to serving the LGBTQ population of Chicagoland. Friends and family are also invited to attend. We meet each Saturday at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, From 11 am to 12:30pm. Ask the receptionist for our meeting room number. See our website at www.dbsa-glbt-chicago.com. Leave a message at 872-216-3272 and we’ll call you back.

    Associated Tags: bipolar , DBSA , depression , Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance , mental health , mood disorders , support groups

  • Seniors Program

    AGENCY: WEST SUBURBAN SENIOR SERVICES
    ADDRESS: 8300 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL 60130
    CONTACT: Eric Vironet
    PHONE: (708) 234-1859
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The WSSS LGBT Seniors program serves LGBT seniors and allies 55 and up in the western suburbs of Chicago. We offer outreach, socialization, health education, education on local, state, and federal programs for seniors, case management, and mental health counseling, all for free. We believe it is vital for LGBT Seniors to have a safe and supportive space to be themselves without worry of discrimination. Because many LGBT older adults have experienced social stigma, prejudice, and discrimination throughout their lives, it is important that aging service providers attain the training, sensitivity, and knowledge needed to serve the growing LGBT Senior population. We believe that providing supportive, tailored outreach and programming to LGBT seniors can help provide individuals with a respectful, empowering experience that can enhance health and well-being. The WSSS LGBT Seniors Program will strive to create both specific programming for LGBT seniors and an overall agency culture which are culturally sensitive and respectful.

    Crazy Crafters – Every Monday we have our weekly Crazy Crafters night from 7-9PM. Please join us for fun crafting and conversation. Beginners welcome!

    Monthly Movie Night – The fourth Wednesday of every month (will change to the 3rd Wednesday of each month in April 2014) from 4-6 PM we host a movie night. Movies shown reflect an LGBT theme and speak to the experience of being LGBT.

    Ballroom Dancing – Please join us for a two hour ballroom dancing class. All skills levels, including beginners are welcome. Ballroom dancing classes recur every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 2-4 PM.

    The LGBT Seniors Program now offers free case management and mental health counseling to program participants (LGBT Seniors 55 and up in the western suburbs)

    Associated Tags: basic needs , case management , counseling , education , health education , mental health counseling , outreach , senior program , Seniors , social , West Suburban Senior Services

  • COLAGE Illinois Chapter

    AGENCY: COLAGE
    ADDRESS: 230 Webster St., Batavia, IL 60510
    CONTACT: Robin Marquis
    PHONE: (206) 549-2054
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    First Sunday of Each Month

    COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

    COLAGE Illinois welcomes youth Jr. High and High School age with an LGBTQ parent to participate and connect with our supportive and inclusive community. Group meetings will be warm and welcoming with an emphasis on embracing differences as strengths, and developing confidence in our identities. In addition to monthly meetings, COLAGE will provide a space for youth to participate in fun events such as potlucks, volunteer activities, and theme parties.

    Adult COLAGErs: We value you as an integral part of our community. We would love to talk with you to discuss ways you can become involved with our chapter and become role models for our community. Please contact us via email.

    Associated Tags: COLAGE , communities , community , general interest , helplines and eSupport , mental health , parenting and family , parents , potlucks , social , youth

  • Youth Resource eSupport

    AGENCY: YOUTHRESOURCE.ORG
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Varies
    PHONE: N/A
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 hours a day

    YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them.

    Associated Tags: activism , education , education youth , eResource , health education , helplines and eSupport , online peer education , sexual health , support , youth , Youth Resource

  • Southern Illinois Youth Group

    AGENCY: RAINBOW CAFE
    ADDRESS: 8609 Giant City Rd., Ste. F, Carbondale, IL 62903
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (618) 521-2328
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Friday

    Welcome to Rainbow Cafe, a SAFE SPACE social/support group for high school age gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Southern Illinois. We also welcome those youth questioning their orientation and youth members’ heterosexual friends.

    Rainbow Cafe’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, their friends, and those questioning their orientation by creating a space where they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, health, and spiritual resources.

    Rainbow Cafe meets every Friday evening from 7 – 10:00 PM at Lakeland Place
    8609 Giant City Road, Suite F (left side of building, look for colored lights on last door), Carbondale, IL.

    For more information:
    Write to:
    Rainbow Cafe
    P.O. Box 2
    Carbondale, IL 62903-002

    Associated Tags: general interest , high school , mental health , Rainbow Cafe , social , Southern Illinois , support group , youth , youth group