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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Gay And Straight Alliance Groups

    AGENCY: ASSOCIATES IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
    ADDRESS: 6201 W. Cermak Rd., Fl. 2nd, Berwyn, IL 60402
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (708) 788-8808
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    The Gay-Straight Alliance is a youth leadership organization that is devoted to education, human rights and human dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, the development of positive relationships, and to raise awareness.

    The goal of this group is to:
    • Positively impact academic performance, school/social/and family relationships, comfort level with sexual orientation, sense of physical safety, perceived ability to contribute to society, and an enhanced sense of belonging to the community
    • Form alliances and positive relationships between gay and straight people to fight homophobia, isolation, marginalization, violence, and exclusion in the community

    Young Adult Group (Ages 19-25): Thursdays: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

    Teen Group (Ages 13-18): Mondays: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

    Associated Tags: Associates in Behavioral Sciences , family , gay straight alliance , general interest , mental health , relationships , school , social , support groups , youth

  • Transsexual Support Group

    AGENCY: NEW SPIRIT COMMUNITY CHURCH
    ADDRESS: 542 S. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (708) 253-7374
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Second Saturday of the Month 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    Support group meant for people who identify as transsexual, or are questioning. Meets at New Spirit Community Church in Oak Park. Meets on the 2nd Saturday of the Month 5:30 pm-7:00pm.

    Associated Tags: mental health , New Spirit Community Church , support , support group , transgender , transsexual

  • Free Resources for Young Women

    AGENCY: YOUNG WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
    ADDRESS: 2334 W. Lawrence Ave., Ste. 221, Chicago, IL 60625
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Thursday 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

    At Young Women Empowerment Project girls can get involved right away! If you are between the ages of 12-23 and have experienced trading sex for money, drugs, a place to stay, survival needs, gifts or protection or gang involvement — then feel free to come by. YWEP is open to any person who identifies as girl… that means transgender girls are welcome here!

    We have an Open Time every Thursday from 4-7pm where girls can:

    Use the Computer/Internet
    Get clothes from the FREE clothing exchange
    Meet and talk with other girls and get support
    Get FREE clean rigs and works or drop off your dirties
    Get FREE condoms and safer sex supplies

    After Open Time you can stay for a GIRLS in CHARGE meeting from 6:30-8:00pm every Thursday

    Associated Tags: basic needs , clothing exchange , free condoms , girls , health , internet use , needle exchange , prevention & wellness , safe sex , support groups , transgender , women , Young Women's Empowerment Project , youth , YWEP

  • Connected: A Saturday Series for Gay Men

    AGENCY: LIVE OAK CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 1300 W. Belmont Ave., Ste. 400, Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: Michael Maloney
    PHONE: (773) 880-1310 ext. 7286
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Saturdays 11 am to 1 pm

    The experience of being a gay man fosters unique strength, insight, and wisdom. Few opportunities exist, however, to collectively share this wisdom. Through guided discussion and experiential exercises, this series of Saturday workshops will provide the space to share, grow, explore, and CONNECT with self, others, and community. Each Saturday will be devoted to one of many central relational themes in the lives of gay men:

    Associated Tags: group , Live Oak Chicago , men , mental health , support group

  • Parent Workshops

    AGENCY: YOUTH OUTLOOK
    ADDRESS: 1828 Old Naperville Rd., Naperville, IL 60563
    CONTACT: Nancy Mullen
    PHONE: By Email Only
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Parent workshops, through Youth Outlook, designed for parents looking for information and resources to better understand their LGBTQ youth. These 2-3 hour events will convene once per month, May through August, on the first Mondays. No registration fee for the pilot workshop. Seating is limited!

    Associated Tags: mental health , Parent , parent support group , parent workshops , support group , Youth Outlook

  • High School Pride Programs

    AGENCY: LINKS PRIDE YOUTH GROUP
    ADDRESS: 1000 Grove St., Evanston, IL 60201
    CONTACT: Erschel De Leon
    PHONE: (847) 441-6191 ext. 3
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies by Location

    Pride Youth Program is open to all youth in grades 9-12 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). It is also open to youth who are questioning their sexual orientation. Pride provides a safe and confidential space for LGBT youth to build community and support each other.

    The program meets at three locations each week: Evanston, Northfield, and Palatine. Erschel De Leon, the program director, facilitates the group, and dedicated adult volunteers provide additional support, input, and guidance.

    Mondays, 6:30 pm-8 pm
    McGaw YMCA
    1000 Grove St
    Evanston, IL 60201

    Tuesdays, 6:30 pm-8 pm
    Warren Township Youth & Family Services
    100 S. Greenleaf Ave.
    Gurnee, IL 60031

    Wednesdays, 6 pm-9 pm
    Links
    1779 Maple St.
    Northfield, IL 60093

    Thursdays, 6 pm-9 pm
    Countryside Unitarian
    Universalist Church
    1025 N. Smith St.
    Palatine, IL 60067

    Associated Tags: education , Links Pride Youth Group , mental health , social , support group , youth

  • Adult Support Group

    AGENCY: MCHENRY COUNTY PRIDE
    ADDRESS: 5603 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry, IL 60050
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (815) 322-2464
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Thursdays 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

    McHenry County Pride is an adult LGBT group that meets weekly for open discussion, friendship and support. Weekly topics range from many issues faced living OUT in the suburbs. Also holds many social events throughout the year!

    Associated Tags: adult , McHenry County Pride , mental health , suburbs , support group

  • Trans Support Group

    AGENCY: CHICAGO GENDER SOCIETY
    ADDRESS: 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60302
    CONTACT: Karen Heart
    PHONE: (708) 253-7374
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    2nd Saturdays of the Month 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    The purpose of the TS Support Group is to discuss issues regarding transsexuality and provide emotional support. All transsexuals and those who are questioning being transsexual are welcome.

    Associated Tags: mental health , support , support group , trans , transgender