Overview of Service Areas

For more than 30 years, Center on Halsted has helped Chicago's LGBTQ community and caring allies meet their behavioral health needs. Our Behavioral Health phone line, 773.472.6469 EXT 460, and Behavioral Health email, operate as a bank of information about our services, community resources, and possible referrals. Our team of therapists offers a number of different services and opportunities for community members, including Psychotherapy, Therapy Groups, Psychotherapy for Survivors of Violence, and Letters of Support for Gender Affirming Surgeries. Below you will find information about our services, how to schedule an appointment, and fee structures.

In addition, our department provides Graduate Level-Student Training, training for professionals through the Sexual Orientation Gender Institute (SOGI), and volunteer opportunities. For more information click on the topics above.

Programs and Services


Our skilled team of behavioral health professionals include licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, graduate students, and volunteer and contractual therapists. Our team offers affirming and strengths-based services in a safe and supportive environment. We provide the following modalities of psychotherapy: individual (youth, adults, and seniors), relationships, family, and group. Most of our services are offered at Center on Halsted, but at times we provide some of our services away from Center on Halsted at specific off-site locations.

  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Sadness or depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexual orientation
  • Low self-esteem
  • End of a relationship
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Personal growth and identity development
  • Anxiety, excessive worrying, or panic attacks
  • Coming out
  • Living with HIV or other chronic health conditions
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Problems at school or work
  • Improving family relationships
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Harrasment or discrimination
  • Excessive anger, hostility, or violence
  • Parenting
  • Negative body image or difficulties with eating
  • Worries or difficulties about sex

We are particularly competent in addressing important issues facing today’s LGBTQ community members and caring allies. These services are offered both in English and Spanish. If you are interested in our psychotherapy services, please contact us at 773.472.6469 EXT 460 or

Therapy Groups

Center on Halsted provides a variety of therapy groups. These services are meant to connect and unite LGBTQ individuals and allies who share similar challenges and are working on making changes in their lives. Participation is fee-based for most groups. The usual fee is $15 per session. Fee negotiation may be available for those who cannot afford the full fee. Space in each group is limited. To participate in any of our groups, interested parties will need to complete an in-person initial interview prior to the group’s start.

Our therapy groups aim to be inclusive to all members of the community. Current group offerings include: HIV Positive Support; Coming Out; LGBTQ People of Color; Bi+; Anxiety and Depression Skill Building; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Trauma Recovery; Trans and Gender Non-Conforming; Understanding Self and Others; Men/Masculinity; Women’s; Relapse Prevention, and Grief and Loss. Our group topics may change throughout the year in an effort to meet the changing needs of the community.

For more information on current and upcoming groups, click here.

If you have questions about or would like to register for any of our groups, please contact us at at 773.472.6469 EXT 460 or

Psychotherapy for Survivors of Violence

Survivors of violence can include those who are direct victims as well as witnesses and significant others impacted by the effects of abuse and violence. Our behavioral health team provides LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-focused psychotherapy. Therapy can provide support and stability during what can feel like challenging times for survivors. If you or someone you know is a survivor of anti-LGBTQ or HIV discrimination, hate violence, domestic abuse, sexual violence/assault, or police abuse/violence, please call our LGBTQ Violence Resource Line at 773.871.CARE (2273) Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. or email our Anti-Violence Department, at


  • Giving back to the LGBTQ community.
  • Regular clinical consultation groups with other experienced professionals.
  • In-service trainings on current trends and issues in mental health care.
  • Networking at the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ Community Center.
Please contact Ing Swenson, Associate Director of Behavioral Health, at 773.472.6469 EXT 267 or to discuss becoming a volunteer psychotherapist.

Sexual Orientation Gender Institute (SOGI)

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute (SOGI) is part of the Behavioral Health Department at Center on Halsted. SOGI has two primary foci:
  1. To provide high level training on a variety of LGBTQ clinical topics for both clinicians and students. To be added to our mailing list so that you can be notified about future trainings for professionals, please email

  2. To engage in advocacy by raising interest in and increasing the quality of LGBTQ related research. To submit an application to conduct research in collaboration with Center on Halsted, explore the possibility of promoting your research study in our facilities, or learn about current research projects, click here.
Center on Halsted is the host for the annual LGBTQ Health and Wellness conference with IMPACT, the LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University. Click here for information about this year’s conference.

Contact Us

If you would like more information or to set up an appointment, please contact us at 773.472.6469 EXT 460 or email

Sliding Scale Fee Structure

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$0-$14,999 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
$15,000-$19,999 25 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
$20,000-$29,999 35 25 20 20 20 20 20 20
$30,000-$39,999 45 35 25 25 20 20 20 20
$40,000-$49,999 65 44 35 35 25 20 20 20
$50,000-$59,999 80 65 45 45 35 25 20 20
$60,000-$69,999 100 80 65 65 45 35 25 20
$70,000-$79,999 120 100 80 80 65 45 35 25
$80,000-$89,999 120 120 100 100 80 65 45 35
$90,000-$99,999 120 120 120 120 100 80 65 45
$100,000-$109,999 120 120 120 120 120 100 80 65
$110,000-$119,999 120 120 120 120 120 120 100 80
$120,000-$129,999 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 100
$200,000+ 150 150 150 150 150 120 120 120


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