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Embarking on the journey of therapy can bring up a variety of emotions, some which can be challenging. It takes courage to start this process and I hope to help navigate whatever comes up. Therapy can be a space to come and be vulnerable. Therapy can be a space to allow all the parts of you to be heard authentically and meet yourself with no judgement. I aim to co-create a space that is nonjudgmental, affirming, and even exciting, where people feel empowered and curious about their own self and discovery.

There is a saying in the therapy world, "the healing happens in the therapeutic relationship". I believe the reason the therapeutic relationship is important is because it serves as the backdrop for developing a deeper relationship with self, and that's where the real work is. The values that guide how I build therapeutic relationships are; curiosity, compasion, and acceptance. I blend my professional knowledge with a commitment to authenticity to support individuals across the life span on their journey of exploration, processing, and discovery. 

Systems influence almost every aspect of our lives. My approach blends systems informed perspectives with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Child and Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). I love to explore interventions based on individual strengths. My practice encompasses work with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and adults, addressing a diverse range of challenges including anxiety, depression, chronic experiences of trauma,exploring identity, infertility, and parenting. I am LGBTQIA+ and nonmonogamy affirming. 

If I sound like a good fit, please reach out! I welcome all inquiries. You can email at or text 773-340-2694




Therapy is a unique opportunity to explore the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that shape our inner world. So, I believe we should feel empowered in the therapeutic space to share whatever may come to mind. This is a very vulnerable act though that deserves to be shared with someone you trust. For this reason, I am dedicated to cultivating a safe, accepting, and collaborative environment where we may walk side by side to investigate your concerns and unique needs. 

From my experiences working in residential treatment settings, I have come to appreciate the difference between managing distress and finding inner healing. I believe a deep, exploratory approach to therapy allows us to uncover the underlying roots of unresolved emotions, unmet needs, and internal conflicts. While I do have training in behavioral therapies and can offer practical techniques for handling distressing emotions, my practice centers around helping clients explore the interplay between past experiences, recurring patterns, and present-day behaviors to gain meaningful insight into emotional triggers and coping mechanisms. 

I practice from a relational psychodynamic and client-centered framework. This means that I believe that the client is the expert of their own experiences and that these past experiences help us better understand our behavior in the present. My approach is also supplemented with training in harm reduction, mindfulness, ACT, DBT, and eating disorder treatment. I developed this approach from my work with people who are incarcerated, in higher levels of care, and suffering from anxiety, depression, chronic distress, difficulty with relationships, and eating disorders. 

Whether you’re seeking support for the first time or returning to therapy with renewed resolve, I encourage you take the next step of reaching out. I am currently accepting clients both virtually and in person. To ask questions or learn more about getting started, you can contact me at




As we walk through life, experiences are constantly being added to our “backpacks.” Our backpacks, at times, feel particularly heavy and uncomfortable, subsequently making daily experiences feel burdensome. I see therapy as a space to take off your backpack - a time to empty its parts and explore them with curiosity and self-compassion, hopefully putting them back inside feeling a little lighter. During sessions, I aim to hold space for all parts of your backpack, carrying them with you in ways that are collaborative and affirming. 

My therapeutic approach is highly individualized, strengths-based, and eclectic. My sessions are typically informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). I also utilize trauma-informed practices and mindfulness-based strategies, and I approach challenges from a harm reduction lens. I show up to sessions with authenticity, warmth, and humor, and I always look forward to adapting these values to each session’s unique vibe.

I work with teens, young adults, and adults, along with couples and families. I have experience working with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, OCD, mood cycling, simple & complex trauma, and relational stress. In addition, I have helped many people who experience psychosis as well as those who struggle with their relationship to substances and related behaviors. 

Starting therapy can be a difficult and vulnerable experience, and I am here to hold space for any, and all, emotions with you. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions as you start, and continue, this journey of taking off your backpack. All inquiries are welcome.


Sarah Yoo, LSW


Starting therapy can be scary. Being vulnerable with a stranger takes a lot of courage and dedication. This is especially true if you are someone prone to privacy, logic or reason–or, perhaps you grew up thinking you need to hide your feelings in an effort to appear “strong.”

My own therapy journey has taught me that being in tune with your emotions doesn’t make you weak. In fact, it helps you become stronger than you could ever know. I’m here to help you discover the same for yourself.

We don’t learn in school how to work through significant transitions, make important life decisions, or build meaningful relationships. I want to support you through all of the challenges that get thrown your way. We will work together to practice compassion towards yourself, getting out of your own head, and appreciating all the joys and difficulties we experience simply by being human.

It’s important to me to create a safe and welcoming environment where anyone can feel free to talk about anything. My passion is to help you learn more about who you are and what matters the most to you. My hope is to guide you towards an even more evolved version of yourself–a version you may not have known could exist. 

I’m currently accepting new clients both in person and virtually. You can reach me at



Masters in Counseling intern


Life offers a spectrum of experiences, from joyous moments to challenging transitions. Therapy serves as a transformative space, guiding individuals to navigate these experiences, gain insights, and develop coping strategies, fostering deeper connections with oneself and others. I provide comprehensive mental health support for those seeking positive change and emotional well-being.

I was born and raised in Mexico, where I earned my psychology degree, and I am currently enrolled in a Clinical Mental Health Master program. I am a dedicated mental health counselor in training with a strong foundation in individual and adult counseling. As an immigrant, I bring a rich cultural perspective, being bilingual in English and Spanish for effective communication with diverse clients. I commit to creating a safe, inclusive space where everyone feels heard, valued, and respected.

Employing a psychodynamic therapeutic approach, I tailor interventions to your unique journey. With a background in mental health counseling, ongoing learning, and a compassionate perspective, I offer a safe, non-judgmental space for clients' improved well-being. My expertise includes stress management, self-esteem building, and coping strategies. I am passionate about empowering clients to overcome challenges, enhance self-awareness, embark on a journey of self-discovery, and achieve personal growth and resilience.

If this resonates with you and you're ready to invest in your well-being and embark on a path toward positive change, I invite you to reach out. Let's work together to foster resilience, promote personal growth, and unlock your potential for a more fulfilling life.


All inquiries are welcome:

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Therapy is a way of approaching those life challenges that sometimes appear overwhelming or confusing. By putting words to those feelings, you can begin to unravel patterns of behavior,  relationship dynamics and decision making processes, thus allowing for meaningful change.


Therapy takes place in a supportive, non-judgmental space where we work to explore and reflect on the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. My approach is based on your singular circumstances and the questions you may have about your life.


I am an experienced bilingual (Spanish-English) psychotherapist who works with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions (immigration, divorce), parenting challenges, grief and many other concerns. Therapy can take place in Spanish and/or English.

I am accepting new adult clients and welcome all inquiries. You can reach me at or at 773-257-3546.

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Folks enter into therapy to examine the internal and external barriers that keep them from cultivating the kind of life they want to lead. Working with a therapist can help you not only recognize the way these barriers impact your life, but help you break through them by utilizing many of the skills and strengths you already possess. Together, we’ll also work to build bridges leading to new skills and strengths, guiding you to the kind of life you truly want to live.


My therapeutic approach is relational, client-centered, and strengths-based. I incorporate elements of dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation, mindfulness skills training and expressive therapy activities. I have also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use the Gottman Method in my work. My main focus is on creating a safe, supportive and trusting environment where clients can share their story and know that it will be received with respect and positive regard. 


As a queer therapist, my lived experience informs my practice. I believe in bringing my authentic self into the therapeutic process, as well as connecting with clients’ own lived experience to further strengthen therapeutic rapport. When appropriate, I welcome humor, joy and light-heartedness in sessions. I am sex-positive, non-monogamy/polyamory- and kink-affirming. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including public education, hospital-based intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. I have supported LGBTQIA+, as well as neurodivergent and neurotypical children, teenagers and adults on concerns related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal/relationship issues, identity exploration, self-esteem, life transitions and parent support.

Taking the first step on the therapeutic journey can often be the most difficult. Know that this step will be met by someone with their own lived experience on that very journey. I am currently accepting new teenage and adult clients. Please feel free to reach me at to set up a consultation.

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She/Her or They/Them



I acknowledge that one’s healing journey is not linear because it takes time, work, having plan B when plan A doesn’t work out the way we hoped it would go, having plan C for plan B, etc. Most importantly, the need to develop some kindness and compassion with yourself to work through feelings or experiences that feel complicated, messy, or misunderstood.


As your therapist, I will listen to you with “ting” – a Chinese symbol that embodies listening with not only eyes and ears but with the mind, heart, and soul. My hope is to create an affirming and safe space for you to explore and vocalize your needs (crying and cursing allowed) as we work together to get you to a better place mentally, emotionally, or spiritually in whatever way you want to define that better. This is your healing journey and you are the expert of your life – I will be there to help guide you to find what you need to accomplish any goal you’d like to set for yourself. Together we will explore your strengths and areas for potential growth, identify your values, while getting insight or process things you’ve been through, and learn new skills for healing or transforming into your better, authentic you.


As someone who has faced many adversities, life challenges, has had their own struggles with physical health, born with Cerebral Palsy among other things, and mental health – I completely get how hard it is to not only ask for help but the challenges and the courage it takes to be vulnerable enough to ask for help from others – even, from yourself. I have years of experience working with a wide array of people of different lived experiences, and communities such as youth and adults (TGNC, cis gender men and women) living with HIV, sex workers, folx who experienced homelessness, have substance use issues, or co-occurring health issues as well as migrant communities.  


Additionally, I like holding a safe and nonjudgmental, sex, body-positive space to talk about different areas of sexuality and sensuality. TGNC, consensual non-monogamy and polyamorous, kink, “pro-hoe” affirming.  I acknowledge that many individuals have experienced some form of trauma or harm; from family of origin to other communities they are a part of (including religion). Unlike traditional mental health providers, I use trauma-informed, harm reduction approach to culturally stigmatized issues such as substance use, self-harm, and other survival strategies. I hold affirming and safe space to talk about living with a disability, both invisible and visible disabilities, or chronic illness. Other areas of specialties include identity development, bicultural lived experiences, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, grief/loss, adjustment disorders, stress management, and life transitions. 


I am skilled in providing both individual and couples therapy as well as writing gender affirming surgery letters and emotional support animal letters. 


I was born in Chicago and am of Mexican and Guatemalan descent. Ofrezco terapia en español.


I welcome all inquiries, you can reach me at or at 773-669-5128.




Choosing to pursue therapy is a piece of the grander puzzle of choosing yourself, to be seen, heard, and met, authentically and without judgment. To grow and heal. One of the most brave and heroic acts of self-love is to challenge yourself to be uncomfortable in vulnerability with another person. I’m so honored and humbled to have the opportunity to create and hold this space and guide each person through doing the work and watch as they bloom. 


As a therapist my goal is to empower you, operating on the belief that you come in with all the wisdom and remedy for your own healing, simply with a need for some help to better tune into your own frequency. I believe in showing up authentically, as the person I truly am, to bring an element of universality and humanness to a space where, often, you come longing for raw and real connection. With a therapeutic relationship we can begin to unpack what it is you came to unburden yourself from with ease and without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being easy to talk to, laugh with, cry with, or simply be still with. There’s no wrong way to be in my room. 


My therapeutic approach is individualized and client-focused, supported by neuroscience, and informed by internal family systems, somatic methods, inner child work, strengths-based narratives, CBT, and blended harm reduction 12-step facilitation. I specialize in trauma, dual-diagnosis, substance use and other addictive behavior disorders, and mental health disorders. I’m Hazelden Betty Ford trained and blend the core principles of the 12-steps with a trauma-responsive harm-reduction model, facilitating an environment free of judgment and welcome of change, whatever that looks like for you. I have a passion for working with complex trauma, dysfunctional family dyanmics, emotional dysregulation and anger management, equally, the development of effective communication, emotional regulation, and reparenting methods. 

I’m so grateful for a depth of experience and familiarity with humans from all walks of life, having worked with demographics varying from those diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health conditions, geriatrics and older adult individuals, adolescents, individuals having experienced incarceration, established professionals and healthcare providers, and offenders and victims of violent/predatory crimes. I work with individual adults, family systems, couples, groups, and emerging adolescents. If you’re ready to begin your healing journey and be heard today, reach out to me directly at or 314-292-9486. I’m taking clients virtually immediately and in person beginning in September !

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I firmly believe that mental health and mental illness are more than merely brain-based, biological diseases. I believe that human suffering is often a result of invalidation, trauma, racism, loneliness, poverty, systemic oppression, and lack of meaning in life.


 The way and tools with which we find and create meaning in our lives—as well as our values—are the roadmap and compass we have to find healing. Curiosity and compassion are my guideposts as a therapist. 


My approach to therapy is relational and trauma-informed. Relationships in our lives from birth until the present form the building blocks of our self-concept and worldview. My primary focus is helping clients build trust and a safe relationship with which to explore deeper and more sensitive topics.  


My experience and whole person informs the work that I do. I have lived experience as queer person with relational trauma, body dysmorphia/fat-shame, and chronic illness that requires daily medication and access to healthcare. I am polyamory/non-monogamy affirming, kink-affirming, neurodivergent-affirming and have experience supporting LGBTQIA+ folks, college students, and young professionals. 


As a first-generation and non-traditional college student, I know the difficulty of navigating higher education without much support. I have extensive experience working in the service industry and I know firsthand the struggles of burnout, lack of access to mental health services, and poverty. 


A self-professed nerd, I enjoy learning as much as I can about nearly anything. I've been a gamer my entire life and love a good J-RPG! I also love to cook, read, ride my bike, stroll through parks, and spend time near bodies of water. I love beverages in all their forms and enjoy putting my barista experience to use at home.


I am currently accepting new clients and invite you to reach out to me directly via email: or by phone: (847) 868-0272. 

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EMDR & IFS Trained

With the many transitions that life brings can come many challenges. It can be difficult to navigate these challenges alone and reaching out for support is a significant step in working towards healing. 


My goal is to help you navigate your healing journey using compassion, empathy, creativity, and humor. I have worked in a variety of settings including the department of corrections, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, and in an after school setting. Throughout my experience I have worked with many different clients including individuals experiencing challenges related to depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief, work stress, career transitions, spirituality, and family life.


I approach my work with the mindset that the client is the expert in their treatment. My approach is informed by Internal Family Systems, EMDR therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy,and Mindfulness Based Interventions. I aim to provide a welcoming, supportive, inclusive, and judgment free space for you to process any struggles and work towards your goals. I recognize that each person’s path to healing is unique and during our time together we will discover which approach is ideal for you.


Life can bring on so much heartache and struggles that can make us feel lost. Through self-exploration we can work towards transforming into a more healed self.


Clients interested in working together can reach out to me at or at 312-880-7671  for more information. All inquires are welcome.

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Stepping into therapy and choosing a therapist takes courage and I applaud you for taking the first steps! I believe you deserve healing and wellness as well as a partner to walk alongside you in your journey. Meaningful healing requires connection and community with others, and you do not have to do this alone. As your therapist, I’ll help you increase your awareness and understanding about what change is desired and necessary for you to get to a healthier place and create a path (or paths) to get you there. Through my own lived experiences and therapeutic work, I have learned what it means to have a safe space to be myself, be accepted, and what it feels like to be seen and heard; I promise to hold a similar space for you.


I work with individual clients, ranging in age from adolescence to adulthood, who come from many backgrounds and communities and struggle with anxiety, depression, life transitions, adolescence, simple and complex trauma, grief, and various identity issues. I love to help clients learn new ways to handle the stressors that life throws them as well as shift the unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that may have developed over time. I welcome my clients through a multicultural lens and use a therapeutic approach that incorporates EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and Strengths-Based Therapy.


If you are ready to begin your healing journey and want a therapist who is curious, honest, direct, affirming, creative, and infuses fun into therapy – reach out to me! I see clients in-person and virtually and inquiries can be sent via email to or phone at (224) 999-1369.

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Pursuing therapy demonstrates a willingness to grow, heal, and change. Whatever brought you here, you don’t have to go through it alone. 


As a therapist my goal is to guide and support your journey in healing, working to help you unpack and let go of things that are getting in the way of being the best version of yourself. Together we’ll create a space that feels safe enough to look at the fears, doubts, insecurities, and worries that hold you back from creating a life that’s purposeful, joyful, connected, and fully you. 


Being an adult, in many ways, is like learning how to parent yourself. For those who have had childhoods filled with uncertainty, instability, abuse, and trauma, navigating adulthood can feel especially challenging. Without a model and space to learn the skills that were lacking, we can feel stuck. Therapy can provide a path to tools for learning how to express yourself, set relational boundaries, and navigate life challenges without either shutting down or going into overdrive. 


My approach is informed by inner child work, internal family systems, somatic therapy, CBT, solution focused, and family system models. I have experience working with complex trauma related disorders, anxiety, depression, family systems, and providing parenting support. I work primarily with adults, families, and couples on concerns related to self-esteem, childhood trauma, interpersonal issues, family dynamics, and identity exploration. 


All inquiries welcome. You can reach me at or at 630-708-8130.

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We heal and grow when we are in community with others. With all the stressors and uncertainties that life can bring, I have been grateful for the opportunity to support my clients in finding stable grounding and connection. I love working with adults and teens on a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and navigating sexuality and identity. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am an LGBTQIA+ and nonmonogamy-affirming therapist.


My therapy style is warm and non-judgmental. I love bringing joy and laughter into session when the time is right. I will bring my full, authentic self to session and I welcome you to do the same. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels, and I provide therapy from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed focus. My approach is eclectic and highly individualized. I love to bring a "systems" lens to therapy to help contextualize your experiences within the groups, communities, and systems of your life - understanding that we are social beings that are impacted by our environments in all kinds of ways. 

I know that starting therapy can seem daunting. I'm here to make the process as smooth as possible, and to answer any and all questions along the way. I can say from my experience on the "other side of the chair," that it is so worth it to take that step. All inquiries are welcome. Please reach out to me at for more info.

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