Psychotherapy

We provide individual, relationship, family, and group psychotherapy.
Individual, Couple/Relational, & FamilyGroups

Individual, Partnered/Relational/Couple, & Family Psychotherapy

At Live Oak, we offer Psychotherapy sessions, which typically last 53 minutes, though there are times in which longer or shorter session times may be appropriate.

During an initial session, your psychotherapist will orient you to the process of therapy and will explain their unique practice approach. Those coming to Live Oak to access psychotherapy are encouraged to ask questions and to participate in the process of establishing goals and regularly discussing progress toward those goals. We look at the first 6 sessions as a bidirectional evaluation process. In these sessions, our therapists are evaluating the fit between therapist/client, and assessing if the goals you have in mind are in line with their own values, skills, and areas of expertise. We ask those who come to us for psychotherapy to evaluate if you feel a sense of fit with the therapist, and if the therapist is offering what is needed at this time. At the end of those six sessions, the therapist and client are encouraged to clarify if this is a good fit. If it is, the therapist and client will then move ahead in addressing the goals of therapy. If not, the therapist will offer referrals based on the increased clarity about the client’s needs and preferences at this time.

Both therapists at Live Oak as well as those pursuing services at Live Oak hold a diversity of intersecting identities. We value the uniqueness of each human. We have psychotherapists who are able to offer services in English, Spanish, French, Gujarati, and Urdu. We are, and we work with, people of varied abilities, genders, sexual orientations, racial identities, ethnicities, religions, relational structures and many other identities. Our therapists bring a broad range of professional experience and training.

To get connected for services, please submit an intake form and an Intake & Referral Coordinator will contact you within 72 business hours.

Psychotherapy Groups

We provide a variety of both on-going and time-limited psychotherapy and/or support groups. Our current offerings are reflected below, and information about the group format is included in the descriptions provided. To enroll in a psychotherapy group, either contact the listed group facilitator or fill out an intake form.

Please note that group session fees are determined by the facilitator and may vary between groups.

Spoonie Support Group: Loving yourself and your body while living with chronic illness

Location: Currently meeting via Zoom

Time/Day: Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 11:00am – 12:30pm

An affirming community of folx with chronic illnesses who support one another in their experiences, struggles, and triumphs. Enjoy mutual support, improve self esteem, and learn skills to manage the impact of health problems. Focus is on physiological illness and its impact on mental health and quality of life.

A SPOONIE is a person with chronic illness. From “Spoon Theory,” the idea that people with chronic illness experience varying levels of energy and functioning from day-to-day, using the metaphor of waking up with a varying number of “spoons” each day.

Facilitator: Andrea Freerksen, LCSW

For more information or to enroll, contact the group facilitator: Andrea Freerksen, LCSW at afreerksen@liveoakchicago.com

Support Group for Current and Former Sex Workers

Location: Zoom. This is a closed Support Group (meaning you must register before the group starts)

Time/Day: Thursdays from 6:30pm-8pm CST – March 31st – May 5th

Fee: Pay what you can from $0-$10 per session

This group is a safe space for folks who have experience working in the sex trade to find resilience, mutual support, and community. You do not need to identify as a sex worker to be a part of this group. We will explore topics like family and dating relationships, pandemic working conditions, being “out,” coping strategies for shame and stigma, and more.

Facilitators: Sophia Etling and Jacob Penrod, MFT

Supervised by: Matthew Amador, LCSW

For more information or to enroll, contact the group facilitator: Sophia Etling at setling@liveoakchicago.com