Therapists Providing Strength-Based Therapy in Chicago

Through strength-based therapy, the positive aspects of a person’s character are highlighted rather than one’s problems or weaknesses. The therapist helps the client to build and maintain resilience through exploration of pre-existing strengths and inner resources.

Find therapists in Chicago who are trained in Strength-Based Therapy 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!


Tara  Genovese

Tara Genovese

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $170 per session

The search for a therapist that "gets it" and checks off all the boxes on your list can be exhausting. It took you so long to gather up the courage to get to this point and now you're here. You want someone that believes that more than just luck brings you to success and that will understand that achievement can take years of sacrifice. You're finally at a place where you feel like you don't have to sacrifice as much and here comes the fork in the road: one that leads to personal fulfillment despite defying expectations versus the slow march of being the dutiful, generous loyal individual that is to expect nothing in return. It's ok to want something else than what is the norm. Let's talk about the life you would like to live, schedule a free 15-minute consultation now!


Richard  Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Optum, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $120 per session

It has been in my heart to be a therapist ever since I was young. I truly find purpose in helping others and improving your quality of life. This is why I added to my practice with Yoga. I want to ensure that I have the tools to help you reach your goals.

If you are open and willing, you can make a change. The biggest reason I see people not moving forward with change is that facing trauma is extremely uncomfortable, and who can blame them. With me, I use Cognitive Processing Therapy. This means we don't go into detail about your trauma unless you want to. Our main goal is to figure out what is keeping you stuck, and help you get unstuck.

I think working as a team is the most important thing. I am not going to make you do anything you don't want to do. I may make suggestions you disagree with, and that's okay. This is your treatment and my goal is to give you the tools and challenge you to reach your goals. We are looking for small changes, as most change does not happen overnight. I have confidence that you can make that change.


Kristen  Simons

Kristen Simons

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 per session

It takes a great deal of strength to reach out for support and I applaud you for taking the first step! If you’d like to learn more about how I might be able to support your mental and physical wellness journey, please set up a phone consultation with me. I’d love to chat about your needs and help you get back to feeling more like yourself.


Nicole  Rothman

Nicole Rothman

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $130 per session

Making the decision to talk to someone is the foundation to your journey. From our first meeting, I aim to provide you the space and warmth to easefully process whatever is on your mind. The word “Therapy” can be anxiety-provoking in itself. I hope each session with me is the opposite of that feeling, and rather, empowering, non-judgmental, and relatable. As your therapist, I couple organic conversation, with productivity toward your short-term or long-term goals. If your goals feel unclear to you, we work as a team to align you with your values, and a direction.

I am experienced working with Adult and Adolescent individuals struggling with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Trauma, confidence and self-esteem, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, life transitions/losses, relationship struggles, and communication and interpersonal effectiveness. I help guide you into a day-to-day, momentum, that honors your unique values and commitment to self.

Please contact me via email to discuss scheduling an initial session, and we’ll start our work together from there.


Garrett  Shotwell

Garrett Shotwell

Online Sessions, IL

7300 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

It is so brave of you to reach out, as it's not always easy to do.  I believe that mental health should be accessible to everyone.  My first goal upon our initial interaction is see if we are a good fit.  I encourage you to do as many consultations as appropriate to find the Therapist that works for you.

Once we are working together, I believe that your experience in therapy should be adjusted to fit your needs... Which may change from session-to-session. Sometimes that means processing through something challenging, other times it's providing education on exactly what happens to your brain when you feel anxiety. Though, the most common theme is creating a vulnerable space for you to be seen - There is nothing more powerful :)

If you are feeling drawn to my warm approach, reach out and we can see what we create. Best of luck on your searching! 


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.


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