Therapists Providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) in Chicago

EMDR is a trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities. In addition to other therapeutic techniques, the therapist leads the client in a series of lateral eye movements while focusing on a difficult memory, reducing any overwhelming feelings connected to past experiences, and allowing for emotional healing.

Find therapists in Chicago who are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) below. All providers 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!


Kari  Holman

Kari Holman

Online Sessions, IL

723 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL, 60093

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

I firmly believe in individualized, customized, evidenced-based care for each and every client. Your experience is unique to you, and I need to respect that by tailoring my approach to fit you and your struggles, specifically. I want each client to be my equal partner in his, her, or their therapy. I tell my clients that while I may be in the passenger seat with the road map to make suggestions, ultimately they are the ones driving the car and they choose where we will go.

Clients tell me they appreciate my laid-back attitude. I try not to take myself too seriously, but I will always, always take you and your struggles seriously. Otherwise there is little point in the therapy.

You have a natural capacity to be a happy and fully actualized person. Just as all our talents need practice and guidance so does your mental wellbeing.


The Couch Method

The Couch Method

Online Sessions, IL

7358 Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

The Couch Method is a therapy practice servicing individuals, families, children and adolescents located in Lincolnwood, IL. Therapists at The Couch Method bring thoughtfulness, compassion and expertise into sessions with their clients. The Couch Method believes in bringing THREE MAIN TENANTS into the therapy room including EDUCATION, INSIGHT and SKILLS. At the Couch Method we believe that in order to get better, most clients need all three. With education and knowledge, our clients feel more empowered and secure. With insight about their histories, clients can begin to understand not simply how to feel better, but WHY they might be feeling and behaving this way in the first place. And thirdly, as much as talk about our pasts can be a helpful and necessary part of the treatment process, we believe in giving our clients more immediate relief, by providing creative and effective skills to manage current symptoms.

Because our practice values, professionalism and integrity, we work with our clients to set goals and track progress. Often, goals might include processing through trauma and neglect, setting boundaries in relationships, increasing self-esteem and developing a secure and solid identity. Other goals for children, adolescents and their families might include managing life transitions, creating meaningful connection, managing oppositional behaviors, social skill development and providing tools for mood related challenges (such as anxiety and depression).

And as much as we value professionalism, we equally recognize the importance of an authentic and nurturing therapeutic relationship. Our therapists know that the therapeutic bond is an immensely important one. Clients who seek treatment often feel vulnerable, raw, overwhelmed, and hopeless, and therefore, we approach these relationships with intention, immense care, warmth and professionalism, with an aim to provide individualized treatment.


Elizabeth  Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott

2858 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $250 per session

Hi! I’m Liz. I’m an experienced and compassionate therapist in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. I work with a variety of clients, but central to all my therapeutic relationships is the belief that everyone has the potential to feel and function better and more effectively than they think. Whatever may be troubling you, I will hold space for you while working collaboratively to get at the roots of what may be making your life harder than it needs to be. I am very casual and use humor abundantly, so sitting down with a total stranger and discussing your innermost self isn’t nearly as hard as it might seem. I’d love to meet you!


Nefertiti  Nowell

Nefertiti Nowell

1813 North Mill Street, Naperville, IL, 60563

605 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Beacon Health Options, Cigna, Multiplan or PHCS, Tricare, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $60 - $175 per session

Seeking help is a powerful step to improving your quality of life. Talking to someone about whatever your concerns are is something that almost anyone can benefit from, but many people are afraid to reach out.  If you are considering therapy or coaching, I applaud you, and I really do want to help you find what you need to feel POWERFUL and help you develop the tools to have peace in your life.

I enjoy working with diverse clients, and have treated patients on the inpatient as well as outpatient basis.  I began providing therapy in 1996, and  have worked full time in several local hospitals before deciding to work full time in outpatient private practice.  Though I work with many populations, I enjoy helping individuals with issues of trauma as well as working with couples.  I work with all age ranges and have helped clients with a range of diagnosis.  I use a variety of  techniques, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.  I am also a Certified Hypnotist and a trained mediator.


Shaysa  Villa

Shaysa Villa

1136 South Delano Court, Chicago, IL, 60605

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna Student Health Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

As a modern therapist, I provide culturally sensitive, unique, and creative therapy to help individuals and couples. I understand how hard it can be to find a therapist that seems relatable or trustworthy. I work particularly well with individuals in their 20s, 30s, or early 40s looking for a therapist that "gets it". This may be an overwhelming point in your life, but pursuing psychotherapy can be one of the most transformative experiences you can take to heal & grow from your current state.

As your therapist, I will help you navigate ways your thoughts may be negatively impacting your life. I will help you learn ways to manage and pursue the goal of not allowing anxiety and depression to derail your days. My role will be to help you explore and identify unclear reasons that prevent you from living or having your envisioned life.

My approach is compassionate and to truly listen. I seek to be in-tune with you as an individual.


Clint  Zavakos

Clint Zavakos

307 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Multiplan or PHCS, United Healthcare, Magellan Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $45 - $99 per session

There are times in life where we all feel overwhelmed. Whether the day to day grind is wearing you down or overwhelming anxiety is making it difficult for you to leave the house, I am here to be on your side. I am a big believer that effective therapy is a collaborative effort between the client and the therapist and that healing is achieved by working together.
I believe any trauma is deserving of my attention and care. I strive to provide an environment where you feel free to open up and feel safe. Call today for a free consultation.


Nancy  Curotto

Nancy Curotto

655 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL, 60613

180 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Aetna Student Health Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, BCBS HMO-Swedish Covent
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

Providing a specialized setting where you can develop an understanding of how your past/current relationships, childhood and adult experiences have influenced your life, career choices/satisfaction and overall happiness; will be a significant part of our work. My treatment style is interactive, and my approach includes exploring mental/emotional, spiritual, and physical needs and identifying your strengths and gifts. I embrace the importance and uniqueness of diverse cultural backgrounds and their influence in your life.


Erinn  Williams

Erinn Williams

30 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60604

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

Often clients reach out when things have piled up in their lives, and they need a place to sort things out. Together we will figure out what is getting in the way of living the life you want. I love working with people who are either looking for love or are trying to navigate their current relationship. I believe that the quality of people’s relationships have an enormous impact on their overall satisfaction in life. I’m grateful that I get to make my livelihood from helping people get what they want out of life and relationships. It’s energizing work.
Some of the most exciting parts are figuring out what is getting people stuck. Maybe there is a longing to connect, but self-sabotage keeps coming up. Or perhaps it is hard to handle intense emotions within a relationship. Sometimes there are unresolved issues from the past that keep popping up. Or maybe a combo of all three. Once we can figure what’s getting in the way, we can work on moving forward to the goal. It's cool stuff.


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