Dr. Joel M. Filmore


Dr. Joel M. Filmore


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCPC - 180008697
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan PHCS
  • United Health Care
Fees: $150-$200
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Chicago, Illinois 60604

My Approach to Helping

Online, Queer-Affirming, Multicultural Counseling. The therapist you need is not necessarily the one you want. Prior to becoming a Therapist and a Professor at Northern Illinois University, I was a homeless, drug-addicted (crack and heroin), sex-trafficking victim. Now I'm sure that probably sounds like a lot of information to reveal about myself but the truth is that I am a living example of how therapy, and hard work, can change your destiny and significantly improve the quality of your life. One of my secrets? Well, it's living your life authentically! Let me help show you how.

As a survivor of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, as well as subsequent victimhood as an adolescent and young adult, I am intimately aware of the struggles and pitfalls that await someone who is seeking to achieve healing after having experienced severe trauma. Overcoming your own toxic thoughts and fears can be your biggest obstacle to the life you want.

Whether you are heterosexual or same-gender-loving, my practice can assist you in coming to terms with who you are and finding the best way forward. Life is hard enough, walking this path alone is much harder. Give me a call today, and let's start your journey tomorrow.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with Individuals, Couples, and Families. I am Queer-affirming, BIPOC-affirming, and Religious/Spirituality-affirming... I serve humanity, not specific populations... everyone deserves healing.

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Racism
  • Shame

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Reality Therapy

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