At Evanston Counseling We Specialize in LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy

Are you standing at a crossroads, grappling with profound questions about your gender identity or sexual orientation? Perhaps your loved one is on a courageous journey of self-discovery. At Evanston Counseling, we extend a warm, compassionate, and affirming space for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQIA+) to not only explore but to heal and live authentically.

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Our Approach: Compassion, Understanding, and Affirmation

Our commitment at Evanston Counseling goes beyond the realm of professional services. Within our practice, therapists are not just professionals; they are compassionate individuals dedicated to fostering an environment where you, regardless of your identity, can be your true self. Adolescents, teenagers, college students, and adults seeking LGBTQIA-affirming counseling services find a sanctuary within our practice.

Navigating the Path to Authentic Living

Whether you’re in the midst of self-discovery or seeking support for general mental health issues, our LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy at Evanston Counseling covers a wide spectrum of concerns. From the daily struggles of anxiety, the impact of trauma, the weight of depression, and the process of grieving, to the challenges of managing stress and navigating major life changes and relationships, our therapy sessions invite you to bring your whole self into a judgment-free environment.  All with the goal of fostering authenticity and personal growth.

Our LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists Help With:

  • Coming Out: If you are working through the complexities of coming out to friends, family, or colleagues, our LGBTQ+ affirming therapists provide support and guidance to make this process as smooth as possible.
  • Gender Transitioning: For those embarking on a gender transition journey, our clinicians offer understanding and expertise to support you through every stage of the process, addressing both emotional and practical aspects.
  • Relationship Issues with Family and Peers: Whether you’re facing acceptance or non-acceptance from family and peers, our therapy sessions provide a safe space to discuss and navigate relationship dynamics, offering tools to strengthen communication and understanding.
  • Building Your Community, Your Chosen Family: We understand the importance of chosen family in the LGBTQIA+ community. At Evanston Counseling, we help queer individuals find and build their chosen family, offering guidance on creating connections that nurture a sense of belonging and understanding. Many times, our therapists become a crucial part of your chosen family, standing alongside you as you work through the challenges of self-discovery and mental health.

Trauma Counseling Tailored for the LGBTQIA+ Community

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Embarking on trauma counseling is an incredibly courageous step, particularly for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Our LGBTQ+ affirming therapists at Evanston Counseling are not only well-versed in evidence-based techniques but also deeply understand the unique challenges you may face. Whether trauma is related to discrimination, assault, or bullying, our goal is to guide you toward healing and progress, acknowledging that your life has been influenced by a multitude of experiences. You don’t have to remain stuck in the memory of traumatic events or in the shadow of discrimination. Through trauma counseling, our therapists can help you move beyond the anxiety and shame that results from being a trauma victim.

Gender Affirming Letters

For those seeking gender-affirming letters, our clinicians offer a specialized service. Surgeons, insurance providers, and prescribing doctors in Illinois often ask for a letter from a mental health professional to proceed with processes related to affirming your identity. Whether you’re a longstanding client or new to Evanston Counseling, our empathetic professionals can guide you through the process with care and professionalism, and provide you with the documentation and support you need to affirm your identity.

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LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy is the First Step Toward Loving Yourself. Your Journey to Mental Health Begins Here.

Our LGBTQ+ affirming therapists at Evanston Counseling value and care about you as a unique person. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity, we affirm and celebrate individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning. Ready to embark on your journey towards a happier life? Reach out for a free 15-minute consultation and take the first step toward leading your life with confidence, happiness, and joy.

Additional Resources for the Evanston, IL LGBTQ+ and Queer Community

In Evanston, we are fortunate to have lots of resources to supplement our LGBTQ+ affirming therapy. Explore these avenues and connect with organizations and groups that share in our commitment to your well-being and diversity.

Other Resources for the Queer Community in Evanston, IL and Chicago

There are many resources to support members of the LGBTQ+ community in Chicago and Evanston, IL.  Listed below are a few.

Affirmation: United Methodists for LGBTQIA People and Our Allies

Website Address:

Address: Affirmation, P.O. Box 1021, Evanston, IL, 60204

Comprising individuals from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, along with their supportive family and friends, Affirmation actively promotes and supports the complete engagement and inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals across all aspects and hierarchies within the United Methodist Church.

Howard Brown Health

Website Address:

Address: 4025 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613

Phone Number: 773.388.1600

Lambda Legal: Midwest Regional Office

Website Address

Address: 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60601-7296

Phone Number: 312-663-4413

PFLAG of Northern Illinois

Website Address:

Address: PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois, P.O. Box 734, Elmhurst, IL, 60126

Phone Number:  Helpline: 630-415-0622

Begin LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy in Evanston, IL Today!

Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and healing is a courageous step, and Evanston Counseling is here to provide LGBTQIA+ Affirmative therapy tailored to your unique needs. Our compassionate therapists understand the importance of creating a safe and affirming space where you can explore your identity, navigate challenges, and embrace your authentic self. If you’re seeking support that celebrates and respects your LGBTQIA+ experience, we are here for you. Let us be your ally in this transformative process. Take the first step toward a more affirming and fulfilling life by following the steps below:

  1. Contact us for a free 15-minute consultation.
  2. Speak with a caring LGBTQ+ Affirming therapist.
  3. Start living a more affirming life today!

Other Therapy Services Offered at Evanston Counseling in Evanston, Chicago, and throughout Illinois

At Evanston Counseling, our commitment to mental health care goes beyond LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy. We offer a diverse range of therapeutic services to address various aspects of your well-being. Our dedicated team of therapists specializes in providing support for a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Our specialties include therapy for teenagers, therapy for moms, therapy for young adults, and therapy for college students. We also provide specialized approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, pet therapy, and online therapy. Whatever your mental health needs may be, Evanston Counseling is here to guide you towards a balanced and happier life. Contact us today to learn more and take the next step towards optimal mental health.