Counseling

Counseling's SLIDING SCALE Wait List is Currently Closed.

Due to the length of our wait list, the sliding scale counseling wait list is currently closed. Regretfully, we do not anticipate that the wait list will reopen until the Fall. In the meantime, we do have limited availability for short-term counseling through our Trans Greater Access Project and for BCBS PPO clients. If you have more questions, please call the Counseling Program at 773-935-6126 ext. 200.

If you would like referrals, please leave us a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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.

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.

Counseling Internships

Counseling Internships are open to second-year Masters 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. Women of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Counseling Interns provide individual, couples, and group counseling services. Counseling is provided from a feminist relational perspective and the values of client self-determination and empowerment are seen as an integral part of the therapeutic relationship.

Applications are accepted between January 2nd, 2018 and February 9th, 2018. Internships will begin July 23rd, 2018 and end in June or July of 2019, depending on degree level. Only complete applications will be considered. Click here to learn more about the internship and how to apply.

Groups & Workshops

New Counseling Workshop: Real Talk About Therapy

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Navigating counseling and finding a therapist you work well with can be a mystifying experience, but CWHC wants to help change that!

Join counselors Lyzanne Trevino, Megan Mellee, and Jane Flotte at Chicago Women’s Health Center for a casual discussion about your hopes, fears, and questions about starting or continuing therapy.

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6-8pm
Where: Chicago Women’s Health Center (1025 W Sunnyside Ave Ste. 201). The workshop will take place in our Meeting Room, pictured above.
Cost: $10 suggested donation. Donations can be made in advance or at the workshop.

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit our Group & Workshop Schedule page here.

CWHC is committed to providing services that meet the needs of our clients, and what better way to evaluate these needs than hearing directly from you! Please help us by filling out this brief survey so that we may offer therapy groups that are relevant to you. Thank you so much!