CWHC has offered counseling services since 1989, with an emphasis on both education and self-help. We offer individual counseling and options counseling, as well as groups and workshops. Individual counseling sessions are typically weekly, 50-minute sessions. 

After a phone consultation, you’ll come to CWHC for an in-office “intake” appointment where we’ll learn a little more about you and what brings you to counseling, and offer you the opportunity to ask questions about the way we work.

For more information on payment procedures and the self-pay sliding scale, click here. To learn more about counseling services and availability, please call the Counseling Program at (773) 935-6126 ext. 200.

Our Approach

Our feminist and person-centered counseling approach stresses equality in the counseling relationship. We see our role as providing support and insight into a client's experiences, seeing the client’s self-determination and innate strengths as integral parts of the therapeutic work and relationship. We pay particular attention to clients' concrete needs as well as the impact of various forms of oppression such as gender oppression, racism, classism and homophobia.

Our Counselors

CWHC's counselors are master's/Psy.D level clinicians, clinical interns completing their master’s/Psy.D level training or volunteer counselors donating their time in the counseling program. Our counselors work with a range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, relationships, gender, sexuality and health concerns.

Write It Out! A creative counseling group

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Writing, especially creatively, can have therapeutic elements such as self-expression, self-reflection, and mindfulness. CWHC’s newest Counseling Group, Write It Out! is a creative, nonfiction counseling group for those who want to explore themselves, their experiences, and their emotions via writing.

In Write It Out!, CWHC Counselors Ethan and Shelley will work with group members as they write creative nonfiction, reflect on, and share their work, reflecting on personal experiences and self-growth. Group time will be spent creating space to utilize some of the creative expression through writing, as well as processing what had come through writing. Writing prompts will be developed based on the group participants, but could include, “Write about a moment that divided your life into before and after.”

Ethan and Shelley will create space for the processing of the elements, themes, and emotions that arise from group members' writing.

Write It Out! will meet on Fridays from 2-3:15pm for eight weeks beginning on March 29th and ending on May 17th in CWHC's Meeting Room (pictured above; 1025 W Sunnyside Ave. Ste. 201 Chicago, IL 60640).

There is $25 suggested fee, but will slide down based on each individual’s ability to access services. Payment is not required at the time of registration.

Please note that this is not a trauma processing group. The facilitators will contact all registered participants prior to the first group meeting to elaborate on this further, as well as to discuss various payment options.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, click here.

Please contact Ethan ( or Shelley ( with any questions.

Counseling Internships

Counseling interns receive training and support in providing counseling from a feminist-relational perspective and will provide individual, couples, and group counseling services. Counselors at CWHC value client self-determination as an integral part of the therapeutic relationship.

Internships are open to second-year Masters of Social Work or Counseling students and fourth-year PsyD students with previous counseling experience.Applicants must have excellent interpersonal, communication, assessment, therapeutic, and crisis intervention skills. People of all backgrounds, particularly people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

Counseling Internship applications for Masters candidates will be accepted from January 2nd through January 31st. Please submit those applications to Jane Flotte:
Doctoral applicants: We abide by ACEPT rules; therefore, we will begin to accept applications on February 1. Please submit cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts to Dr. Pam Niesluchowski:
Internships will begin on July 29, 2019 and end in June 2020. The position is 24 hours per week. Only complete applications will be considered. Click here to learn more about the internship and how to apply. Learn more about Counseling at CWHC here.

Want to learn more about counseling internships at CWHC? To talk to a current intern about their experience, please email Jane Flotte at to schedule a phone conversation.