Nancy Gardner, LCSW

Nancy Gardner, LCSW

Professions: Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed clinical social worker - 149006670
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 17752
Office 1
656 West Randolph, Suite 4W
Chicago, IL 60661
Chicago, Illinois 60661 - United States
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It takes effort to find a therapist who feels like a good "fit." My passion is to help you feel heard, understood, and hopeful about the possibility of change. Some of the people I work with are mainly looking for support through a difficult time, or a place to sort through confusion. Others are wanting help with new ways of thinking, feeling, and being. I try hard to provide the balance of validation and challenge that you need during each phase of our work together.

In addition to basic cognitive behavioral interventions, I offer a mindfulness perspective to anyone who is open to it. This involves learning to be present in the moment (vs. spending a lot of time thinking about the past or future), learning to accept things that can't be changed, and practicing techniques that will help you feel more in charge of your emotions and your life.

My approach to therapy is client-centered and collaborative. I strongly believe that everyone holds within themselves a core self that is healthy, fluid, strong and competent. One way of looking at therapy is to think of it as a way to work through and let go of the pain and other issues that obstruct your core self.

Email or Call Nancy Gardner, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17752

More Info About My Practice

I am in-network for BC/BS and Multi-Plan. My hourly fee is $140, which I can negotiate if you are able to schedule during the day.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in working with young adults, ages 18-29. There are numerous transitions and stressors during this stage of life, and also many opportunities. Therapy can be a place to sort these out and feel more of a sense of clarity and direction.

I also work with clients of any age who are looking for help with relationship issues, transitions, anxiety, and/or depression.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

As I mentioned earlier, it is important to find the right "fit" with your therapist. Research shows again and again that a strong and positive client-therapist alliance is the best predictor of positive outcomes. In my work, I explain that therapy takes place in stages. During the first stage, you and I are developing trust and safety. We are also, in a nonjudgmental way, "playing detective" about the issues that brought you into therapy. It's only after trust and safety are established that meaningful therapeutic work can happen. I am committed to bringing curiousity, compassion, and a non-judgmental stance to the therapeutic alliance.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Emerging adults, ages 18 to 29
    trauma survivors

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Self Psychology
  • Theraplay
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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