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.

New Therapy Group: Challenging a Culture of Fat Shaming: Redefining Body Positivity

This is a closed group that will be meeting every Wednesday at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm for 8 weeks starting on May 2nd. The group aims to support individuals as they expand their relationship with their bodies. As a group, we will explore/evaluate societal standards of beauty and health, and how those standards impact our experiences. This will be a space to discuss our relationships with our bodies, our bodies' relationships with society, and consider how we would like to change those relationships. We will also engage in experiential activities to facilitate our conversations together.

This group is open to women and trans/GNC/non-binary individuals. These sessions are offered on our sliding scale, and payment options will be discussed in the intake.

Co-Facilitators: Jeanine Moreland (MA) and Aubrey Rickle (MA)

For more information or to register, please contact Aubrey Rickle at 773-935-6126 ext. 306 or by email at ar@chicagowomenshealthcenter.org

The group will meet in CWHC's meeting room (pictured below) on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The first meeting will take place on May 2nd.

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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.