Donna Livesey


Donna Livesey


Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 149-014875
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


53 W Jackson Blvd., Suite 1605
Chicago, Illinois 60604

My Approach to Helping

It is an honor to work with each one of my clients. As your therapist my focus is on you - who you are and want you want to address. Our time together is yours, and you deserve to get what you want and need from it.

My style is relaxed and engaged during our meetings, I work to create a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore the issues that bring you to my office. As a client-centered therapist, your ideas, needs and goals drive each session. Together we look at the obstacles you face and create means of working around them.

Some clients are working through trauma issues, while others are addressing difficulties coping with life transitions, substance abuse, relationship issues, anxiety and depression, or emotional instability. No matter what brings you in - my perspective is not a pathological one, instead I see you as someone who, despite doing your best to navigate the complex and often painful world we live in, is struggling to live the life you want.

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

One of my specializations is working with those struggling with substance abuse and use a "Harm Reduction" approach. Harm Reduction allows each person to define what their recovery looks like. I will help you no matter where you are in the process of changing your use, whether you are contemplating changing your use or ready to take action. Talking honestly about your substance use, in a non-judgmental, supportive environment, can be the key to positive change.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

As a Client Centered therapist, my clinical perspective is defined by the premise that you are a strong unique person who is simply struggling with an issue or experience. It is an honor that you choose to share your story with me. Throughout our work together, I will focus on ensure that you recognize the strength that you possess that allowed you to come to therapy in the first place as well as assisting you develop a higher degree of self compassion

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Survivors, grief, trauma,

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Self Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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