Psychotherapy

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

Individual, Couple/Relational, & Family Psychotherapy

Our psychotherapists have varied schedules. Sessions are typically 53 minutes long, though there are times when providing relationship or family psychotherapy in which longer session times may be ideal.

During an initial session, your psychotherapist will orient you to the process of therapy and will explain their unique practice approach. Clients are encouraged to ask questions and to participate in the process of establishing goals and regularly discussing progress toward those goals.

We see people from various cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. We value the uniqueness of each person we serve. We have psychotherapist who are currently able to offer services in English, Spanish, French, Gujarati, and Urdu. We work with people of all abilities, genders, and sexual orientations. Many of our therapists have backgrounds working with families, youth, and individuals who have been impacted by trauma and violence.

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 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

Poly-curious: A support group for folks exploring non-monogamy in their relationships and themselves

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

Time/Day: Saturdays from 10am-11:30am, beginning May 7th, 2022

Duration: Duration: 6 weeks

Fee: $10 per session

This group is for folks wanting to explore or are already exploring relationship styles that are non-monogamous. Topics will include living in monogamy culture(s), “coming out”, boundaries, communication, jealousy, and safety.

Facilitators: Julia Plomer

Supervised by: Porter Green, PsyD

For more information or to enroll, contact the group facilitator: Julia Plomer at jplomer@liveoakchicago.com.