LGBTQ+ Friendly Mental Health Support

If you’re in crisis and need immediate help, call 911.

Illinois Masonic Hospital in Boystown runs a 24-hour crisis line at (773)296-5380.

If you are not in crisis but need someone to talk to, the GLBT National Help Center runs a phone support line (888-843-4564) and also offers online chatting (   The phones/computers are staffed by trained volunteers from the LGBTQ community.  They can’t handle a crisis, but can be good to talk to if you are in a safe place, but just need some support.

Argonne National Laboratory’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has a counselor, Andrea Fischer, who is on site two days a week in Building 201/Health & Employee Wellness (HEW).  Appointments can sometimes be scheduled for the same day through (800)456-6327.

The following are counselors and providers which are known to be supportive of LGBTQ+ clients.

Provider/Counselor Location Contact Information Description Notes
Howard Brown Health Center 4025 N Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773)288-1600
  • Has a large behavioral health unit, including counselors, social workers, and psychiatry
  • Argonne employees with HMO can select Howard Brown as their primary care provider
  • Heavily subscribed; may not take your case. See below this table
Open Door Health Center 157 S. Lincoln Ave., Elgin (847)695-1093
  • Founded to provide LGBT healthcare
  • Provide primary care as well as behavioral health and counseling
1665 Larkin Ave., Aurora (630)264-1819
Mary Ann Dier Zimmerman 19740 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, Illinois

Employee Assistance Program:


  • Decades in practice
  • Associated with Argonne Employee Assistance Program, call EAP to request
  • EAP provides up to 8 free visits with anyone in their network

Rebekah Pershing

(Dreyer Medical Clinic)

 2500 W Fabyan Pkwy, Batavia (630)906-5120
  • Part of a large network of healthcare providers
  •  Takes Argonne’s insurance

Deborah Wilke, LCPC

(Compassionate Counseling)

Bolingbrook (630)914-6286
  • Practice largely focused on members of the LGBT community
  • Remote (phone) counseling sessions also available


The following are providers affiliated with Howard Brown (see above). These are the counselors to whom Howard Brown refers patients when they are over-subscribed.

Provider/Counselor Location Contact Info
Aren Drehobl, LCSW, CADC  5756 N Ridge Ave,
Kurt Mohning 4633 North Western, Chicago (773)382-1521
Alan Ward, PhD 5415 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773)271-4439
Robin Gilson, PsyD 2751 W. Winona St., Chicago (773)878-8200
James Cosenza, MSW 4753 N. Broadway St., Chicago (773)633-6643
Sarah Contorer, MA 1945 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago (773)742-2103
Hector Torres 3166 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773)622-6218


The following are counselors listed in the Windy City Times. The Windy City Times is a Chicago newspaper focusing on LGBT+ news. These counselors are listed in the advertiser’s guide, and should be LGBT+ positive.

Counselor/Provider Location Contact Info
Edward Fajardo
4633 N Western
Sankofa Psychological Services

8 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

333 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Starla R. Sholl 5349 N. Winthrop Avenue, Chicago (773)878-5809
Susan O’Dell 1435 West Rosemont Ave. #1W

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