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Updated on Jan 19, 2024

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Teresa Quinn, LCSW

Illinois, LCSW #149.024466

Seeing clients since 2017
About Teresa | She/her

Teresa Quinn (she/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in grief, loss, illness, and all of the complexities that come with these life changes. Teresa is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified EMDR Therapist with extensive training in grief, trauma, expressive arts, perinatal mental health, and clinical hypnosis.

Message to clients

You deserve a space where you get to show up and be taken care of, instead of you always taking care of others. I offer therapy to adults struggling with self-compassion, grief, anxiety, imposter syndrome, chronic illnesses, fertility issues, and trauma. I offer both traditional weekly sessions and EMDR intensives, which allow us to carve out 2-3 hour time blocks for you to really drop into the deep work of healing. Let’s work together to help you build the spacious, nourishing life that you deserve.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Boston College, 2020

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Grief and/or loss, Medical trauma, Stress

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Body image, Burnout, Cancer, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Chronic illness or pain, Disordered eating, Fertility treatment, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Sports performance

Therapeutic style

Calming, Conversational, Empowering, Holistic, Affirming

Modalities

Art therapy, EMDR, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Attachment based, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$175

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Teresa is a compassionate therapist who provides exceptional clinical care. She is highly trained and able to use multiple modalities dependent on client need and always meets clients where they are. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know and refer others to her.

—Shannon Poe, LCSW
Peer review

Teresa is very knowledgable and a clinically sound provider. She connects with clients to foster change and growth.

—Danielle Lichman, PsyD
Peer review

Teresa creates a grounded, inviting space to heal. Her demeanor is kind and curious, and she utilizes this demeanor as well as her depth of expertise to create a dynamic in which her clients feel both empowered and cared for. I would recommend her as a therapist to people who feel over-burdened, stuck in high alert, or never quite good enough.

—Mary Stygles, LCSW
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Kristen Jacobsen, LCPC

Illinois, LCPC #180.008355; Michigan, LCPC #6401020318; Wisconsin, LCPC #10228-125; Florida, Registered Telehealth Provider #TPMC2333

Seeing clients since 2009
About Kristen | She/her

Kristen specializes in anxiety, perfectionism, complex trauma, and relationships. She has been working in the field for over 14 years and is trained in several treatment modalities, including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, etc. She is Chicago-based, but conveniently online, and sees clients in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Message to clients

You have a simmering undercurrent of anxiety, and your entire life feels like a list of obligations. You feel weighed down, overwhelmed, and stressed. You’re pathologically helpful and a self-proclaimed people pleaser, so you find yourself gritting your teeth to make it through the day... but you paste a smile on your face and fake it. From the outside you’re successful, high-achieving, respected, and known for going above and beyond, but internally, you know your truth. You’re overly self-critical, procrastinate often, script conversations in your head, and worry about everyone else’s expectations of you. What if you could feel confident saying no to things that don’t serve you? What if you could learn how to put yourself first without feeling selfish? What if you could live a more balanced, intentional, and fulfilling life? Let me help you get clarity on what you’re feeling, why, and how to fix it. We all have “blind spots” that hold us back in some way, and it takes an outside perspective to help identify these. Even if you think that you’ll let others down, you’re not as smart or capable as your colleagues, you need to have a clear plan, mediocrity is unacceptable, or you have to maintain this facade in order to be successful. I will show you how to shift your thoughts and behavior in ways that will pave a clear path to joy and confidence. There is no greater investment in life than discovering your full potential.

Education

Bachelor of Psychology & Educational Studies I Vanderbilt University, 2004; Master of Counseling Psychology I The Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2009

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular), Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

Additional areas of focus

Anger management, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Dating, Stress, Narcissistic personality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Empowering, Humorous, Inquisitive, Intellectual

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS)

Cost

$200

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kristen is a wonderful colleague who works hard and is passionate about helping others. She is insightful to the experiences many women face and can create a safe and supportive environment where people can heal and grow. She is highly ethical and strives to give top notch care to her colleagues and clients.

—Alicia Johnson, LMFT
Peer review

Kristen is a great therapist who is both warm and direct. She's great at providing context and clarity and also creates an understanding space for self-discovery.

—Katie Bellamy, LCPC
Peer review

Kristen is a very kind and thoughtful human. She cares a lot about her clients and her clinical work. As she is very knowledgeable and intelligent, I imagine that she provides detailed psychoeducation for those that she works with, helping her clients understand the why of what is going on. I know she is often putting time and effort into growing as a person and a clinician, which I believe is a great attribute in a solid therapist.

—Gail Reich, LCPC
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Cher Hamilton-Tekautz, LCSW

Illinois, LCSW #149.018323

Seeing clients since 2017
About Cher | She/her

Cher is a somatic trauma therapist who specializes in helping queer folks navigate complex trauma so they can love themselves as their authentic selves and have meaningful satisfying relationship(s). She completed Level 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in 2022, which is a somatic attachment based trauma therapy, that incorporates mindfulness, parts work, and inner child work to address and change internalized negative beliefs about self, increase self-compassion, and understand and shift relationship patterns. Cher is also passionate about holistic healing practices and offers reiki, a Japanese energy healing technique, to those who are interested. She also provides culturally responsive, neurodivergent and poly affirming therapy, and is kink knowledgeable. Additionally, as someone who is passionate about providing culturally responsive services and centering people’s identities (and the related experiences of privilege, discrimination, etc), Cher is a white, queer, neurodivergent, able-bodied, cis-gender woman of average body size. She is a first generation college student and grew up working class, but is now middle class. She was raised with conservative Christian beliefs and identifies spiritually as Agnostic.

Message to clients

I want you to love yourself and to experience how good it feels when you’re able to embrace all the pieces of yourself, no matter what society tells you about being queer, trans, BIPOC, fat, neurodivergent, disabled, etc. I want you to feel worthy of receiving love from others, to be able to connect with others joyfully, and to communicate your wants, needs, and emotions in relationships. I want you to feel ease, safety, and joy in spite of growing up in an emotionally volatile household, not being accepted for who you are, or being sexually, physically, and/or emotionally abused. As someone who is also a complex trauma survivor, I understand what it’s like to have a critical inner voice, not feel good enough, and to struggle with anxiety, depression, and people pleasing. I also know it’s probably not easy for you to reach out because you’re used to taking care of things on your own and it can be hard for you to trust or rely on people. This is why I collaborate with you on goals, check in on a regular basis about how therapy is feeling, and create a safe space for you to bring your full self (including those parts of yourself that you don’t like or feel shame about). Let’s work together so you can have more satisfying relationships and feel worthy, confident, and proud of who you are.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Minnesota, 2009

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Trauma, Neurodivergence

Additional areas of focus

Autism spectrum, ADHD, Codependency, Polyamorous/non-monogamous couples counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Burnout, Suicidal thoughts

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Conversational, Holistic, Laid back, Calming

Modalities

Attachment based, Internal family systems (IFS), Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused, Psychodynamic

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Cher provides a gentle, respectful, and calm space to allow you to go at your own pace and practice self-understanding. Cher's approach to treating traumatic experiences is thoughtful, attuned, and client-centered.

—Melissa Finley, LCPC
Peer review

Cher is a skillful listener and earnest communicator who is always learning new skills. She is wonderful at slowing things down to really be present. I admire her commitment to unlearning behaviors that white people and therapists may engage in that inadvertently support white supremacy, and have experienced her as very committed to developing an antiracist practice in this way. I also know Cher is someone who actively seeks out consultation and training to maintain accountability and integrity in her work!

—Sharon Glassburn, LMFT
Peer review

Cher is extremely thoughtful, self-aware, and committed to honoring the dignity and autonomy of every client she serves. Her training and skills are top-notch and allow her a diverse set of options for meeting client needs.

—Jenna Romano Nieva, LMFT, LPCC
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Specialties
Teresa Quinn

$175

2017

Grief and/or loss, Medical trauma, Stress

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Kristen Jacobsen

$200

2009

Anxiety, Trauma, Codependency

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Cher Hamilton-Tekautz

$200

2017

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Trauma, Neurodivergence

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

About Us

Hi, we’re Best Therapists.

We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

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There are plenty of therapist directories to choose from.

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