Sharon Glassburn, MA, MFT, Counseling in Chicago, Illinois, 60603

Sharon Glassburn, MA, MFT

Sharon Glassburn, MA, MFT

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 21862
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Office 1
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1433
Chicago, Illinois 60603
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Office 2
2618 W. Division St.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Billing and Insurance

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: In-person appointments, $95/hour;
V SEE (HIPAA-compliant video and chat-based therapy), $65/hour

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My practice style is curious, compassionate, honest, empowering, and enthusiastic. I am always thinking in terms of larger systems, viewing problems as contextual and historical, although I also believe changing individual behavior patterns can positively affect the system as a whole. In therapy, I encourage my clients to look at issues from multiple angles and help them to feel comfortable with ambiguity, complexity, and letting things be messy. I am especially passionate about working with sexual minorities: people who identify as LGBTQ, kinksters, and intentionally nonmonogamous partners. I also find couples' work and working with teens and their families extremely rewarding.

Writing is another passion of mine. In the past, I have worked as a writing consultant and offer clients the option of practicing creative writing, journaling, letter-writing, or other art-making during our time together. I believe that writing is "thought made visible" and can be a powerful tool for psychological and spiritual growth. Through language, we can retell our stories and learn to see ourselves in brand new ways.

Email or Call Sharon Glassburn, MA, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 21862

More Info About My Practice

I am a currently unlicensed clinician with a Master's degree from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. I have practiced for more than 4 years across diverse settings (a community family counseling center, a walk-in LGBTQ peer counseling center, a public middle school, and a private group practice) before venturing out on my own. I currently meet the IL marriage and family therapist licensure requirements for clinical (face-to-face), supervision, and total work hours; I now await department approval to sit for the national licensing exam. I work independently but do receive consultation for my work. During supervision appointments, every effort will be made to respect your privacy and personhood, keeping your case information confidential. (If you have questions about this process or what any of the above means, please do not hesitate to ask!)

If using online appointment-booking, please schedule sessions at least 48 hours in advance. After scheduling, wait for your confirmation email. (Please only submit requests if you can genuinely commit to that time and feel reasonably psychologically ready to proceed with a conversation about therapy.)

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

Coming out (as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, kinky, or queer); Negotiating boundaries in romantic relationships; Writer's block; Adjustment issues in blended families; Gender nonconformity; Self esteem

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I identify as a family therapist in large part to emphasize systemic functioning rather than individual pathology and disorder. Our psychiatric labels reflect the culture in which we are living and the values of the systems around us. By tracing the dominant narratives of the cultures in which we are embedded, we can often make better sense of presenting problems and deconstruct meaning to live more authentically according to our own values.

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Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Members of the LGBTQ community, including those in gender transition; individuals, couples, or partners navigating nonmonogamous/polyamorous commitments; members of the BDSM and other kink communities; couples seeking premarital counseling; teens and pre-teens; young adults; trauma survivors

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy / Collaborative Language Systems
  • Constructivisim
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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