Our Philosophy

We are committed to providing an affirming therapeutic environment for the LGBTQ+ population and beyond that supports the development of a strong professional relationship between clients and their therapists. The safety and strength clients draw from that solid therapeutic relationship allows them to feel more freedom to examine, embrace, and express who they really are.

IntraSpectrum literally means “the spectrum within” – IntraSpectrum counselors serve as guides and companions in the process of exploring with our clients their unique internal spectrum of identities, thoughts, feelings and desires. In our work together, we endeavor to help you become more you.

Our philosophy is based on the notion that our inner dialogue is complex and is comprised of various parts of the self that may not co-exist harmoniously. If unaddressed, these internal conflicts can significantly compromise authentic self-expression, fulfillment, healthy coping and the quality of interpersonal relationships.

It is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate the degree to which relationships and our desires to please or appear a certain way to others have shaped the self that we present to the world. One of the main reasons why this is a struggle for so many of us is that we are constantly subject to messages about how we should think, feel, and act, and we may be pressured in various implicit and explicit ways to fit molds dictated by our environments. Those “rules” and “shoulds” about how to be “good” and “successful” often limit genuine self-expression, which then causes emotional distress.

IntraSpectrum’s therapists help you safely discover your growth edges so that you can develop more adaptive, effective coping mechanisms for life stressors. Through individual, couples, and group counseling, we assist clients in making better distinctions between their own authentic voices and the voices or parts of themselves they’ve internalized from their relationships. Our counseling services facilitate forward momentum, symptom relief, and help our clients form healthier relationships with themselves and with others.

Our Services


Our impressively trained and talented therapists provide individual, couples, family and group counseling sessions. From your first contact with our Intake Team and throughout your experience with us, your treatment will be individually-tailored to meet your unique and evolving needs. Visit Get Support & let us know how we can help.


Our therapists’ distinguished educational backgrounds enable us to offer multiple areas of specialization in addition to LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy – including therapy for depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders; eating and body image disorders; addiction and self-harm; trauma; relationships & intimacy;  and sexual functioning. Meet our team of therapists, and let’s discuss how we can support you.


IntraSpectrum Counseling serves as a resource to other groups and organizations in the Chicago area. Our practice offers expert consultation, presentations and sensitivity trainings on a wide range of LGBTQ+ topics to local non-profits, schools, businesses & corporations. For more info, click here.

Sliding Scale (Income-Based) Program

IntraSpectrum Counseling is committed to making therapy accessible and affordable. Our Sliding Scale Program helps us offer individual, relationship, family, and group therapy at a reduced fee based on income for qualifying individuals, making affirming mental health services possible for people who might not otherwise be able to access them.

Individuals who do not have any medical insurance or who have Medicaid or Medicare are eligible to apply for a sliding scale fee based upon their total household income and expenses. Click here to access the Sliding Scale Worksheet / Application, and click here to submit an inquiry form for individual, relationship, family, or group therapy services. Please note that submitting an application to participate in our Sliding Scale Program during our client intake process does not guarantee a sliding scale fee.

Individual, Relationship & Family Therapy

  • Individuals without medical insurance or with Medicaid/Medicare
  • Approval is for 48 sessions
  • May reapply up to two times for an additional 24 sessions subject to clinical review
  • Tiered fee structure based on total household income to expenses: $50, $75, $100, $125, $150
  • Must submit financial worksheet for sliding scale fee tier/eligibility evaluation every 6 months

Group Therapy

  • Individuals without medical insurance or with Medicaid/Medicare
  • Specific therapy groups are reserved for sliding scale participants only (click here for our Group Therapy Program)
  • Applicants apply for a specific therapy group of their choice
  • No cap on the number of groups a participant may apply for
  • Tiered fee structure based on total household income to expenses: $25 & $0 (pro bono)

Please note that all sliding scale participants must re-submit a Worksheet / Application every 6 months for continued eligibility verification purposes. Additionally, if a sliding scale participant obtains medical insurance (other than Medicaid or Medicare), the participant is no longer eligible for a sliding scale fee. Participants may be approved for more than one sliding scale program (such as individual and group therapy or participation in multiple groups) at the same time based on demonstrated financial need.

If you don’t have medical insurance or have Medicaid or Medicare and are interested in therapy, submit our inquiry form to start the intake process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to many questions about our therapy services and therapeutic philosophy, our team of clinicians, group therapy programs, insurance, in-person vs. online options, transportation, parking, COVID-19 & much more.