Therapists Providing Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Chicago

Internal Family Systems (IFS) increases self-awareness by exploring the different sub-personalities or “parts” of the mind and nurturing and deepening the connection to the self. The therapist and client work together to understand, engage, and reduce destructive parts of the mind, allowing clients to enjoy the peace and freedom of leading a self-directed life.

Find therapists in Chicago who are trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) 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!


Mary Claire  Schibelka

Mary Claire Schibelka

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

Whether you're down in the dumps or on top of the world, therapy can help you take your life to the next level.

Fifty years ago, therapy was seen as something only "crazy" people needed. Oh, how times have changed. Now, therapy is a tool used by the most successful people in the world! Therapy and life coaching are about specifically identifying the life you want to live and the person you want to be, setting goals, and crushing the barriers getting in the way of accomplishment.

Maybe your goal is to improve the quality of your relationship or take a new step at work. Therapy/life coaching can help you fine-tune the skills you already have while learning new skills and strategies to replace the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are no longer working for you.

Interested in learning more? What are you waiting for?! Take the next step and schedule a free 10-minute phone consultation today.


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.


Emma  Donovan

Emma Donovan

Online Sessions, IL

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

Hi! My name is Emma, and I’m the founder of Alternative Therapy STL. I help motivated, inquisitive, and holistically-minded millennials to heal past wounds and grow into their best selves through alternative therapy.

Let’s move beyond the days when therapy was stigmatized. Therapy is cool! It’s a powerful tool to maximize your wellness, similar to eating healthy and going to the gym. In my practice, I help you optimize your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing by helping you become a more conscious, self-aware and fulfilled human being.

I particularly love working with clients in their 20s and 30s who are highly sensitive, intuitive feeling types (think INFJ, ENFP, etc on the Meyers-Briggs personality test), spiritually curious, and eager to go on a path of personal growth and self-awareness as they work through the issues that brought them into therapy.

In my practice, I like to go deeper than talk therapy. I use methods like IFS (also called “Parts Work”), mindfulness, and somatic psychology to help you access and heal the past wounds stored in your subconscious mind that are perpetuating the symptoms that brought you to therapy. Self-awareness, healing of past trauma, self-love, and personal growth are key components of my practice.

If what I say resonates with you, please send me a message and we will set up a free 15-20 minute consultation to get to know each other.


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.


Elizabeth  Piazza-Bonin

Elizabeth Piazza-Bonin

Online Sessions, IL

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I believe that we are all born whole, with inherent abilities to heal and move towards our highest potential. However, in a society fraught with trauma, loss, abuse, rejection, inequality and unrelenting pressures, it's unsurprising that many of us start to view life as void of meaning, purpose, connection and joy. My role as a psychologist is to help you reconnect with your innate healing abilities by giving compassionate attention to the parts of yourself that might have become fragmented or blocked. When doing this work within a safe, supportive relationship, wholeness becomes inevitable.

I view therapy as a deeply relational process, where we each enter as equal partners with our own expertise: mine in evidence-based therapy, and yours in your unique lived experience. When we combine these perspectives in a safe, affirming context, the therapy process can become a catalyst for healing and transformation. Inner peace and joy are possible, no matter what circumstance you might find yourself in. I have led hundreds of people down this path, and I look forward to connecting with you to see if I might be of assistance as you embark on your own journey.


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.


Sue  De Santo

Sue De Santo

Online Sessions, IL

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

Are you struggling with repeating the same dating and relationship patterns and don’t know why or how to change it? Hi I’m Sue De Santo Relationship Coach and Therapist, I work  with singles and couples guiding them in navigating the changing landscape of relationship issues with more ease and confidence. If you would like be more confident and clear about your stumbling blocks that make you feel, insecure, anxious and frustrated, contact me for a free phone 15 minute phone consultation.

Right now all my sessions are via Video Conferencing, so you can be in the comfort of your own home and leans tools to help you have the relationships you want.


Joyce  Hennelly

Joyce Hennelly

53 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL, 60604

1812 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL, 60025

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I invite you to attend to your stressors, losses, and enhance your confidence in your ability to cope. I believe you will find a renewed calm sense of self.


Emily  Franchi

Emily Franchi

155 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60601

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum, Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Taking that first step to begin therapy can be overwhelming and anxiety provoking. From the initial phone consultation through the long-term therapeutic process, I aim to create an open, welcoming, and non-judgmental therapy experience where my clients feel empowered to make positive changes in their personal lives and relationships. As your therapist, I will work with you to identify your strengths and to set goals of therapy that excite and motivate you. 

I am experienced working with adult individuals struggling with a range of difficulties arising from depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, trauma, low self-esteem, dysfunctional family system and parent relationship issues, history of abuse, and difficulties maintaining healthy adult relationships. I also specialize in working with young adults who are struggling to navigate the difficult transition from adolescence into adulthood, and help these individuals establish a strong sense of self and long-term personal and career goals.

Please contact me for your free phone consultation when you can learn more about my practice and how therapy can help you experience more fulfillment in your relationships, career, and daily life. 


Leah  Brennan

Leah Brennan

2530 Crawford Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $160 per session

Welcome to my practice. I'm glad you're here, exploring how therapy might help you. I orient my work as a therapist in a strengths-based perspective, which means that whatever concerns and struggles are guiding you to therapy today, I will help you focus on the things in your life that you can control as well as the many ways you have strength and resiliency. I will help you to harness your strengths in service of navigating a path to calmness, emotional regulation and stronger interpersonal skills.


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