Therapists Providing Trauma-Focused CBT in Chicago

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based and time-limited therapy designed for children and adolescents experiencing emotional effects of trauma. The therapist helps the client and their family to understand their experience and symptoms as well as strengthen skills and supports to promote the healing process.

Find therapists in Chicago who are trained in Trauma-Focused CBT 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Candice  Love

Candice Love

Online Sessions, IL

1136 South Delano Court, Chicago, IL, 60605

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

Life is truly a gift that is meant to be enriching, filled with freedom and happiness. At times we experience challenges that prevent us from living life the way we truly desire. As a modern cognitive behavioral therapist, I understand these challenges and how they may be altering you internally. I am ready to be there every step of the way to tackle the unexplainable internal struggles. My approach to therapy is a collaborative, solution focused and nonjudgmental. Through this approach I will assist you in gaining insight into who you are, empower you to grow and allow you to truly gain the life that you deserve to live.

Together we can identify the best strategies, perspectives, and mindsets in order for you to create long lasting mental, emotional, and behavioral health that can improve your life. While working together, we will navigate life transitions, ending of relationships, grief, identity issues, self love, family issues, self esteem, depression, anxiety and more.

I will see you as a respected human being and treat you with care and understanding. Our main objective together is to restore the balance and help you live the life you always envisioned and desired.


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