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National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). We work at the intersection of movements for social justice and the field of mental health to integrate healing justice into both of these spaces. Our overall goal is to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPoC.

Marcus Leaks

Email: | I am a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. Throughout my career, I have worked in schools, residential programs, non-profits, and medical clinics. Most of my professional experience has been within the LGBTQ+ community. I worked as a behavioral health consultant at Howard Brown Health in Chicago, and worked as a staff therapist and clinical supervisor for graduate student interns at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City. In addition to the queer and trans community, I am committed to providing psychotherapy for folks that identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous, and POC.

Kannan Vinaitheerthan

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW in Wilmette, IL 60091 Currently providing therapy virtually as well as outdoors weather permitting. Works with children, adolescents and adults and provide individual and family therapy. Experience working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, school-related problems and more. Kannan's approach is based on developing a trusting relationship and collaborating with others you might already be working with such as a doctor or school counselors. Kannan uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and a collaborative problem solving approach.

UChicago Medicine Mental and Behavioral Health Services

Phone: 1-888-824-0200 | We provide inpatient, outpatient and child and adolescent care for mental and behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse and addiction and disordered eating so you can lead a productive, healthy life.

Clarity Clinic Loop Chicago

Phone: (312) 815-9660 | Find Therapy or Psychiatry in Loop Chicago

Metropolitan Family Services

Phone: (773) 371-3642 | Metro Family Services provides employment educational and domestic violence resources, in addition to their countless behavioral health services that can all be accessed for free. 7 locations on the South Side, North Side, southwest suburbs and DuPage Country

YWCA Chicago Wellness Network

Phone: (773) 302-2049 | YWCA’s Wellness Network provides counseling as well as assistance with finding and accessing resources for childcare, healthcare, employment and housing. The wellness Network’s services come at no cost to clients. Visit this link ( or call for information and to schedule a session.

Access Community Health Care

Phone: (866) 267-2353 | Access Community Health Care provides health services for issues such as anxiety, addiction, trauma and grief in their 35 health centers, 25 of which are located in Chicago. Access will provide or connect you with services for free even if you’re uninsured.You can contact them on the phone or online for assistance.

Free Black Therapy

Email: | Free Black Therapy is a nonprofit organization that connects clients with a Black therapist, then covers the cost of the first few sessions in full. Free Black Therapy does have a capacity limit, but its waitlist ( is always worth a shot.

Sista Afya

Phone: (773) 234-7994 | Sista Afya is a Black woman-owned and staffed mental wellness organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support to Black women. Its non-profit arm, Sista Afya Community Care, provides free individual therapy, community workshops and professional development to people in the Chicagoland area.

Open Path Chicago

Email through "Contact" page on site | Our nonprofit serves clients who lack health insurance or whose health insurance doesn’t provide adequate mental health benefits. These clients also cannot afford current market rates for therapy. We help our members access their choice of affordable in-person or online care from a vetted mental health professional.

Center on Halsted's Behavioral Health Department

Phone: (773) 472-6469 EXT 460 | Email: | For more than 30 years, Center on Halsted has helped Chicago's LGBTQ community and caring allies meet their behavioral health needs.

Affirming Men’s Group

Email: | (773) 750-3505 | This group is an ongoing interpersonal process group open to male-identified members of the LGBTQI community. Participants in this group are men who have identified an interpersonal goal that they would like to address such as forming and maintaining friendships, improving men’s capacity for closeness with others, and fostering healthy relationships.

40+ Group

Email: | Phone: (773) 324-0377 | The Forty Plus group includes, but is not limited to individuals who identify as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender women who are at least 40 years of age. The group is led by Glynis Morris, but the activities are defined by the participants.

Mental & Behavioral Health Services for LGBTQ+ Patients at UChicago Medicine

Phone: (888) 824-0200 | Specialized Care for People Coping with HIV; Mental Health Resources for Chicago’s South Side; Support for transgender-specific issues and needs (including evaluations for gender-affirming treatments); Many Kinds of Therapies (Wellness groups, resource counseling, virtual therapy, movement therapy, art therapy); Referrals to LGBTQ+-friendly providers near you

Chicago Pride Center

Phone: (773) 334-3533 | Serving Chicago's LGBTQ communities with affirming, client-centered behavioral health and substance use treatment

The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Phone: (847) 733-4300 | Therapy; specialized services, groups, neurological assessments, psychiatry

Peer Health Advocates – UChicago

PHAs connect their peers to campus resources, create a safe space for open dialogue, and offer peer education on a variety of important health and wellbeing topics.

NAMI Chicago

Phone: (312) 563-0445 | Guided by the experiences of those living with mental health conditions and rooted in equity, NAMI Chicago educates to fight stigma and discrimination, fiercely advocates for our community, and shares hope, connection and expertise with people on their mental health journey.

Institute for Therapy through the Arts

Phone: (847) 425-9708 | Music Therapy Center in Chicago

Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc.

Phone: (847) 924-9185 | We use music as a tool in therapy to enhance health and wellness and help our clients function at their very best. "Supporting health and wel​lness using music for adults with dementia, disabilities, and neurological disorders"