Cher Hamilton-Tekautz

LCSW

Cher Hamilton-Tekautz

LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Medicare
  • Optum/United Health Care
Fees: $130-$150
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

4250 N Marine Drive
Suite 230
Chicago, Illinois 60613

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My Approach to Helping

So often you are caring for your friends, family, and significant other(s) that you’ve lost track of yourself and feel exhausted. You struggle to communicate your thoughts and feelings in your relationships and have even become impatient with those you care about. You are good at seeing the best in other people, but can never give yourself a break when you mess up. Sometimes you are able to keep your anxiety under control, but now it’s becoming impossible to keep it from impacting your work, relationships, or overall life in general. Sometimes the anxiety morphs into depression and you feel fatigued, irritable, and not interested in things you used to enjoy.

It is possible to find yourself again, improve your relationships, and to feel excited about life. You can learn how to communicate your feelings, thoughts, and needs with the people you care about and begin receiving the support that you need sometimes, too. You can also learn how to develop compassion for yourself and begin providing love to yourself in the way you've been providing it to others. You can develop skills to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression and understand what triggers your emotions.

My approach to therapy begins with developing a trusting non-judgmental relationship where you receive compassion, validation, and acceptance. I will teach you how to develop compassion for yourself by exploring how family dynamics and culture have impacted you. By unpacking culture and upbringing, you can understand why you do the things you do and develop skills to get unstuck. I will teach you different mind body modalities such as mindfulness, breathing techniques, and Emotional Freedom Technique so you can have tools to cope with challenging emotions and thoughts. With time, trust, understanding, and new skills, you can live a life with improved relationships, better self-care, and an increased ability to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

More Info About My Practice

As a queer identified therapist I am passionate about providing LGBTQIA+ affirming services, including those who identify as trans, genderqueer, non-binary, polyamorous, or non-monogamous. I also offer one time appointments to provide the mental health letter requirement for gender affirmative surgery. I work under an informed consent model that assumes you are an adult and have the ability to make decisions about your body. As someone who worked in non-profits for over ten years, I'm also passionate about helping other therapists, helpers, doctors, educators, and healers to be their best selves so they can care for others. I completed my Master's in Social Work with a Graduate Certificate in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I am also certified in yoga-informed psychotherapy through Live Oak.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

Give me a call for a free 20 minute consultation. I can answer your questions, tell you more about my approach, determine with you if we'd be a good fit, and simplify the process of setting up an appointment. You can also visit my website to learn more, see my availability, and schedule an appointment through my online portal.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQIA+ including those who identify as trans, non-binary, non-monogamous, or polyamorous

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Self-Acceptance Training
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