Therapists Specializing in Aging Related Concerns in Chicago

Although older adults can experience many of the same challenges as younger adults, the process of aging brings with it a set of unique issues that can affect our mental and physical health. It’s relatively normal to experience some changes in cognition as we age – memory loss is one example of a cognitive change that can affect an individual’s day-to-day life and impair one’s ability to regulate emotions. Relatively few older adults will experience more significant changes to their memory, thinking, and behavior that may warrant a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to cognitive changes later in life, our risk of developing health and physical problems increases as we age, and we more often must cope with the loss of friends or family. Adjusting to such losses and changes can be understandably distressing and can lead to mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, or sleep disturbance.

If you or a loved one is having difficulty adapting to the changes that come with aging, therapy can help. Seeking support from a trained therapist can help you better understand the unique challenges of aging and help with the development of coping skills and alternative perspectives. Many therapy modalities can be helpful for those dealing with aging concerns; art therapy, for instance, is an example of a modality that can be particularly helpful to those with cognitive impairments, as it does not rely on verbal communication. If you have been diagnosed with a neurological condition, such as dementia, you may benefit from seeking more specialized care from a clinician specifically trained in this area.

Find therapists in Chicago who specialize in working with older adults and aging related concerns below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


George  Hogenson

George Hogenson

53 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL, 60604

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

As a Jungian analyst I am particularly interested in the depth of meaning that is often concealed in the issues people confront during life transitions and in response to trauma or other crises. I seek to provide a safe and contained space in which it is possible to explore those deeper levels of experience and build a more comprehensive understanding of one's life.


Mary Ellen  Withers

Mary Ellen Withers

137 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60301

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $80 - $150 per session

There are often times in a person’s life when they feel a need for counseling.


Michelle Patricia Sierzega

Michelle Patricia Sierzega

Online Sessions, IL

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

910 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, IL, 60062

535 South Washington Street, Naperville, IL, 60540

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

Through my work with numerous individuals struggling with emotional pain and existential crises of various origins, individuals diagnosed with mental illness, first responders, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, I have learned that we all have essentially the same goals -- the identification and creation of a life with which we are content, and the ability to effectively and comfortably experience the full range of our emotions without fear. My goal and purpose is to assist you in progressing toward your goals and to honor your journey. To that end, I strive to provide a safe, supportive, and validating environment that is free from judgment and welcoming to all.


Centered Therapy Chicago

Centered Therapy Chicago

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $195 per session

Life struggles are inevitable and you don’t need to wait until there is a “problem” to seek therapy. It takes strength and courage to ask for help and sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take the first step in asking for support. We believe that therapy can enrich people’s lives and relationships. We have worked with clients to overcome challenges and dramatically improve their lives.


Liz L Ross

Liz L Ross

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Life can offer unexpected challenges. During trying periods, it is natural to need additional support and guidance. However, the decision to reach out for help can often be intimidating. My goal is to provide a welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive and personal topics. My approach is both collaborative and goal-oriented. I welcome feedback from clients and utilize that feedback to tailor the treatment approach. I recognize that therapy is not one size fits all. In my practice, the treatment plan is individualized to the client and often evolves throughout the treatment process.

Typically clients are initially seen weekly. As the client begins to progress and meet treatment goals, the sessions are usually spaced out every other week or once a month. Of course, I am flexible in my timeline and realize that every client works at a different pace. My ultimate goal is to provide the client with the skills that they need to move forward with their lives. The treatment modalities utilized (CBT, ACT, etc.) are meant to be short-term treatments with long-term results.

If you have any questions about my practice or approach to treatment, please feel free to reach out to me.


Rob  Walters

Rob Walters

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Hello and thank you for considering me as your mental health provider. I believe in meeting clients where they are in terms of readiness for treatment and hope to work towards meaningful change together. I own and manage a solo practice and keep a controlled caseload that allows me to offer more specialized attention and focused treatment for each client. I offer some flexibility when it comes to session frequency and weekly sessions may be what you are looking for but there also times when you may need to meet more than once week, bi-monthly, or less regular maintained sessions.

Emotional distress can manifest in a number of ways which may include panic attacks, irritability, sadness, impulsivity, excessive worry, grief, nightmares, feeling generally overwhelmed, difficulty coping, among many other variations. Trauma may also surface in ways that be can be difficult to understand at first. I believe that a strong therapeutic alliance is essential to exploring, processing, and developing additional coping strategies. Treatment can take on a variety of shapes and forms and I look forward to understanding your emotional experience.

I am an LGBTQ ally and provide treatment in a safe space.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an initial appointment then please contact me via email or phone.


Kelli  Fitzgerald

Kelli Fitzgerald

1300 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60657

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Tricare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, GEHA health insurance
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

In therapy, positive outcomes are highly associated with the relationship between client and therapist. When this collaboration is sturdy- it becomes a tool in and of itself. Even in short term work, there is so much that is possible!


James  Hallberg

James Hallberg

1656 West Summerdale Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60640

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Beacon Health Options, Cigna, Medicare, Multiplan or PHCS, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I am just a basic person that finds his courage every day to show up in the world to be seen and hustles when in the spaces in which need to still be found. I am engaging, unfiltered, expressive, and quirky. I strive to be able to connect with clients in a manner that sparks deeper connection and creates a safer space than where they are coming from. I am not a blank slate and I acknowledge my experiences which have shaped me and in that awareness I continue to find my curiosity. When I approach my work with a curious mind I am able to learn and understand objectively through the lens of the client and from there offer integrated support and direction to reveal the other ways in which are often not seen which can provoke and inspire change to occur.


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