Gwendolyn Hickey (she/her)
Hi! I’m Gwendolyn Hickey (she/her).
As a trauma-informed therapist, I believe developing trust and safety within the therapeutic relationship is crucial to doing meaningful work together. For this reason, I strive to bring warmth and authenticity to my sessions with the goal of supporting clients in feeling truly seen and heard.
In graduate school, I trained in feminist therapy which has informed my belief that clients are experts of their own experience and given me a deep understanding of how identity and oppression relate to one’s mental health. I am particularly interested in working with my clients around trauma, grief/loss, and relationships. I have completed specialized training in trauma-focused modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated-Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Additionally, I have experience with DBT and integrate principles of DBT and other third-wave behavioral models into my work with clients.
My approach to therapy is person-centered and relational, wherein the therapy process is demystified and therapeutic goals are developed cooperatively. Grounded in my commitment to anti-oppressive practice, I believe strongly in client self-determination and understand the therapeutic process to be collaborative by nature.
Things that bring me joy
Playing violin, listening to audiobooks, spending time with pets.
Master of Arts in Social Work, Policy, and Practice from The University of Chicago
Focus: Clinical Social Work
Bachelors of Science from Indiana University
Focus: Environmental Studies
Licensed Social Worker, State of Illinois
License Number: 150106054
Payment & Insurance Accepted
Self Pay & Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Choice PPO
CareFirst BCBS PPO
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While Gwendolyn’s office is located in Lakeview, Chicago for in-person sessions, she also welcomes and serves clients for online therapy from anywhere in Illinois. Clients from the Chicagoland area may choose in-office or online therapy and usually commute from surrounding areas such as River North, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Rogers Park Logan Square, Pilsen, Bridgeport, Little Village, Bronzeville, South Shore, Hyde Park, Back of the Yards, Wicker Park, Bucktown and many more.