Center on Halsted's Behavioral Health Department is now able to schedule initial screening appointments for new clients for all modalities of care (individual, relationship/family, group, and letters of support) via telehealth and some in-person. Please call us today to schedule your initial screening appointment call 773-472-6469 ext. 460, or email
, and/or see patient portal below.
Are you struggling to cope with stress, depression or anxiety? How about sexual or gender identity? Perhaps substance abuse or an eating disorder. Experiencing relationship problems, harassment or violence? We hope our team of skilled psychologists, social workers, counselors, interns, volunteers and therapists can help. We offer individual, relationship, family, and group therapies to those who are 10 and older. Our long history in the community informs our services and makes us a unique provider of affirming, safe and supportive care. We are particularly competent in addressing important issues facing today’s LGBTQ community members and caring allies. While most of our services are offered at Center on Halsted, we also provide some of our services away from Center on Halsted at specific off-site locations. Our 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 for a single person working through personal issues they are facing. Examples could include, but are not limited to; low mood, anxiety, identity exploration, healing from trauma, substance use concerns, and interpersonal relationship concerns.
Therapy for a two or more persons looking to work on issues they are facing together. Examples could include, but are not limited to; concerns around communication, financial issues, navigating changing identities, and building/dissolving the relationship.
Therapy for two or more familial (birth or chosen) members looking to work on issues they are facing together. Examples could include, but are not limited to; navigating changing identities, communication difficulties, and shifting patterns.
Center on Halsted provides a variety of therapy groups facilitated by our team of skilled psychologists, social workers, counselors, interns, volunteers, and therapists. These services are meant to support, 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, though some groups are covered by grants. The usual fee is $15 per session. Individuals who are interested will need to complete an in-person initial interview prior to the start of the group cycle. Our therapy groups aim to be inclusive to all members of the community and 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
Single visit appointments are available to those needing letters to support their gender affirming surgeries. This appointment is typically under an hour. We will complete our psychosocial assessment together then we will write an informed decision letter collaboratively. The fee for this service is free, unless you have in-network insurance, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO & Aetna PPO/HMO, Magellan, or Medicare. We would need your insurance information in advance to confirm coverage. If you would like to read more about a philosophy that we ascribe to, please visit: thegalap.org
The first step in starting with our services is to schedule a no-cost initial screening session with one of our clinicians. To schedule an initial screening appointment, please call our resource line at 773.472.6469 EXT 460. We will ask you a few brief questions and then find the best time for your initial screening. This one-hour appointment is an opportunity for us to better understand what your needs are and how we can best help you. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions about our services or the process of psychotherapy.
Following the initial screening appointment, your initial screening clinician will work with the rest of the behavioral health team to match you up with one of our therapists based on your needs, preferences and availability. This process typically takes about one to two weeks; once your therapist is assigned, that person will contact you to schedule your first therapy appointment.
The following are four possible means to cover cost of therapy with us:
1. We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Aetna PPO & HMO, Magellan PPO, and Medicare Insurance: If you are covered by one of these insurances with behavioral health benefits, we will first verify coverage so that we can bill your insurance. In the process we will provide you with information about your specific deductibles and co-pay/co-insurance. Given the various health plans available, deductibles and copays vary greatly among clients. Authorization from your insurance must be obtained prior to treatment and we will assist you with this. Any co-pay, coinsurance, or other payments (e.g., deductibles, late fees, etc.) is due at the time of service.
2. Out-of-Network Insurance: Although we are contracted with the insurances above, our services may be covered by other insurance plans. If you have another health insurance plan, we highly recommend that you contact your insurance carrier and check the possibility of being reimbursed for behavioral health services. For those with out-of-network insurance, the assigned psychotherapy fee will be paid in full ($120) at the time of service. We will provide you with a monthly invoice, but you will be required to file the claims information necessary to receive reimbursement through your insurance.
3. No Insurance or Medicaid- Sliding Scale: If you do not have a health insurance or have Medicaid, the cost of therapy will be based on your current household income, number of dependents, and ability to pay. Fee per session ranges from $20 to $120 depending on your income. For specific details, please refer to “Sliding Scale Fee Structure” below. The assigned therapy fee must be paid in full at the time of service.
4. Grant Funding: Center on Halsted receives grant funding for specific populations including low socio-economic individuals living with HIV, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of sexual abuse, and survivors of harassment or other forms of violence. Some of these individuals may fit criteria and qualify to receive services through these grants. However, applying for grant funding does not guarantee that services will be covered. More information about this can be provided during the initial screening. More specific questions about any of these options will be addressed during the initial screening. The initial screening is free.
More specific questions about any of these options will be addressed during the initial screening. The initial screening is free.
Center on Halsted’s Behavioral Health Department offers clinical training opportunities for students completing their Masters or Doctorate in clinical psychology, counseling, or social work.
Prospective trainees for the 2023-2024 training year are invited to attend our Hybrid Open House on Friday, January 20th, 2023 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. This is an opportunity to hear about our clinical Behavioral Health training programs, meet our clinical team, and talk about our application and selection processes. The Open House will be offered in person; however, prospective trainees are welcome to join virtually as well. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Tuesday, January 17th here: https://forms.gle/WVjFypKabE55ttLR6.
We approach training from a developmental model, as our cohort is typically diverse in terms of program and level of previous training. We do our best to meet trainees where they are and provide them with the tools and support they need to grow into behavioral health professionals. We look for students who value social justice and are looking for a training site that will ask them to bring their full selves to the work that they do and to engage in self-reflective learning, as these are values we hold as supervisors and professionals. We believe strongly in constructive feedback as an important element for growth, and we want students who are open to giving and receiving feedback with supervisors, staff, and their cohort members.
The Behavioral Health training program offers clinical training for students completing their Masters or Doctorate in a behavioral health field. Trainees in this program are supervised by clinicians in the Behavioral Health department and see clients with a wide range of presenting concerns. This is a great program for students who are interested in gaining a broad clinical experience within the LGBTQ community.
Direct Clinical Service:
Trainees will spend approximately 50% of their time in direct service with clients. This typically looks like a caseload of approximately 11 therapy clients, one group, and one intake per week.
Trainees meet with their primary supervisor (a LCSW or Licensed Clinical Psychologist) for one hour each week. During this time, trainees have the opportunity to discuss cases, professional development concerns, and their experience in the training program overall. In accordance with best practices in supervision, trainees complete a minimum of four audio recordings and four live observations each year. Trainees also attend weekly group supervision where they will give two case presentations during the year. In addition to structured supervision experiences, trainees are also encouraged to consult with staff members as needed and both trainees and staff sit in cubicles, allowing for a milieu supervision experience.
LGBTQ Behavioral Health Training Consortium:
This weekly training meeting brings the trainees from Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health together for didactic presentations on topics specific to working with the LGBTQ community. Some of the topics include intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships, substance use in the LGBTQ community, and kink in the LGBTQ community. These trainings are meant to help deepen and expand conversations around these and other topics, an opportunity that is often not offered in clinical training programs. Presenters are local clinicians who are considered experts in working with the LGBTQ community. The training consortium is also an excellent opportunity for trainees to network with students from other schools and disciplines, along with professionals working within the LGBTQ community.
Our trainees follow a 24-hour/week program, where schedules are created with as much flexibility as possible. Behavioral Health Services operates Monday through Thursday 9:00am–9:00pm and Friday 9:00am–6:00pm. Trainees are required to include one evening (until 9:00pm) in their schedule. In addition, trainees are required to attend weekly group supervision, support, and consortium meetings on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Students may revise their schedules each semester, as needed. Trainees will begin their training year in August with an orientation and will end their time with us at the end of May. During these 10 months trainees can expect to accrue approximately 900 hours.
The Behavioral Health training program accepts applications from the following:
Students pursuing Doctoral degrees in clinical or counseling psychology at APA accredited programs seeking advanced placement.
Second year social work graduate students attending CSWE accredited social work programs.
Graduate students attending CACREP accredited counseling programs.
Students interested in applying should submit the following materials:
Resume or CV
Three letters of reference
Letter of readiness written by the Director of Training or Field Placement Liaison at your school. The letter should include that you are a student in good standing, you have completed the necessary coursework to allow you to do clinical work in the field, and that your school is in support of your intent to begin training.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please send applications to:
Confirmation of receipt of completed application will be provided via email. For additional information, contact Ashley Molin, PsyD at email@example.com or 773.472.6469 ext. 441.
Center on Halsted follows the guidelines set forth by the Association of Chicagoland Externship and Practicum Training (ACEPT) for Doctoral students. For more information about ACEPT, please visit their website at www.aceptchicago.org. The timeline for the 2023-2024 training year is as follows:
January 27, 2023 – Applications can be mailed
February 10, 2023 – Applications close
March 24, 2023 – Pre-Notification Day (9am-4pm). Practicum students who are first choice for placement will be notified that they will be offered a space for the 2023-2024 training year.
March 27, 2023 – Notification Day. Practicum students will be given formal offers of practicum positions via email beginning at 9 am.
Masters level students are not required to follow the same application dates as Doctoral students; however, they are encouraged to send their materials beginning January 27th, 2023 to increase their chances of receiving a training position. To receive full considerations, applications must be received by February 3th, 2023. Masters positions will be filled as soon as qualified applicants have been identified.
The Behavioral Health volunteer therapist program is for those who would like to continue their work with the LGBTQ community by volunteering their clinical services. Therapists who are accepted into this program need to enter with a level of cultural competency/humility in working with the LGBTQ community. This program can be for those who can afford to donate their time post licensure or for those with a graduate degree in a mental health field. These clinical hours can be used toward licensure. For those who do not yet have a full license, you would need to have an outside clinical supervisor who would be willing to be in contact with our Director of Behavioral Health. We would like therapists to donate three-five clinical hours a week. We would like therapists to donate three-five clinical hours a week. Please contact Ing Swenson, Director of Behavioral Health, at 773.472.6469 EXT 267 or
to discuss becoming a volunteer psychotherapist.
If you would like more information or to set up an appointment, please contact us at 773.472.6469 EXT 460 or email
Our fax for health records is 773.661.0785.