Crystal  Thomas

Crystal Thomas

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Illinois Accepting Online
Printer's Row Accepting In-person
Updated November 13, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Identity development
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Crystal Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker  in Chicago, Illinois. Crystal utilizes a relational lens to examine how individuals carry their earliest experiences with them all their lives. Crystal is also fundamentally a Queer therapist; she believes that any problem can be understood by analyzing power dynamics and differentials, whether in an individual person, a family, a community, or a society.

In addition to looking to the past for understanding, Crystal is interested in helping her clients to cope in the here-and-now. In this aspect of the work, she is inspired by strategies of 3rd wave CBT – particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She finds enormous power in radical acceptance. In accepting what is, we lay the groundwork for change, both on the individual level as well as the wider systemic level. In accepting the contradictions that exist in the world as well as in our own minds, one can more effectively choose a course of action to carry us toward our goals. When one lets go of the way things “should be,” they are better equipped to do what they need to do to make the world what it should be.

Crystal believes that every client is unique and that a good therapist can meet anyone where they’re at. She knows that some clients take great comfort from marking their progress in therapy through concrete tasks. They present as students of their own mind, eager for homework and readings and fascinated by the science of themselves. She also knows that some clients approach their therapy on a gut-level, exploring themselves through the therapeutic relationship they build together.


Message to clients

In addition to looking to the past for understanding, I am interested in helping you to cope in the here-and-now. In this aspect of the work, I am inspired by strategies of 3rd wave CBT – particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. In my personal life as well as my work, I find there is enormous power in radical acceptance. In accepting what is, we lay the groundwork for change, both on the individual level as well as the wider systemic level. In accepting the contradictions that exist in the world as well as in our own minds, we can more effectively choose a course of action to carry us toward our goals. When we let go of the way things “should be,” we are better equipped to do what we need to do to make the world what it should be.

In my career, I have gotten to know clients who take great comfort from marking their progress in therapy through concrete tasks. They present as students of their own mind, eager for homework and readings and fascinated by the science of themselves. I have also known clients who approach their therapy on a gut-level, exploring themselves through the therapeutic relationship we build together. Every client is unique, and I believe that a good therapist can meet anyone where they’re at. I look forward to getting to know you!


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (53min)
  • Initial session: $150 (53min)
  • Couples sessions: $215 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Printer's Row practice
1136 S Delano Ct W, STE B201, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Roamers Therapy LLC, Licensed Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor, 2021 - Present

University of Chicago, Social Services Administration, 2017
Lyon College, Psychology, 2014


Licensure

Illinois: 149021723


Languages

English