Center on Halsted's Behavioral Health Department is now able to schedule new clients for individual therapy and access letter appointments, and as always continue to see current clients via telehealth services. All therapists are answering their voicemails, emails, and responding to our electronic health patient portal. Please call 773-472-6469 ext. 460, or email , and/or see patient portal below.  

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 Behavioral Health Therapy, Therapy Groups, Therapy 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.

Current Patients: sign-in to the Patient Portal.

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Programs and Services

Behavioral Health Therapy

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 13 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

Youth Behavioral Health Therapy

Youth Program counselors are available to meet with youth one-on-one to offer support around coping with and growing from difficult situations. This can include, though is not limited to, exploring identity, relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, improving communication, and learning stress management techniques. For youth aged 13-24 please contact

Therapy Groups

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. The usual fee is $15 per session. Fee negotiation may be available for those who cannot afford the full fee. 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. Current group offerings include: HIV Positive Support; Coming Out; LGBTQ People of Color; Bi+; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Trauma; Trauma Support Group; Trans and Gender Non-Conforming; Men’s; Women’s; 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

Therapy 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


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 45 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

Volunteer Opportunities

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 who would like to accrue hours towards their clinical license. 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 at least two clinical hours a week plus time for paperwork and bi-monthly consultation meetings.

Please contact Ing Swenson, Director of Behavioral Health, at 773.472.6469 EXT 267 or to discuss becoming a volunteer psychotherapist.

Sexual Orientation Gender Institute (SOGI)
SOGI is part of the Behavioral Health Department. SOGI has two primary goals:
  1. To provide high level training on a variety of LGBTQ clinical topics for both clinicians and students. These trainings take place three times per year. To be added to our mailing list so that you can be notified about future trainings for clinical professionals, please sign up here, go to “New User Registration” and click “Behavioral Health Programs/Events” under interests after filling out all of your information. >

  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 bi-annual LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference with IMPACT, the LGBTQ Health and Development Program at Northwestern University. The next conference will take place in April 2019. Details to come!

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 Our fax for health records is 773.661.0785.


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