Shira Behal


Shira Behal


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Health Alliance
  • Healthlink
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • MHNet
  • Multiplan PHCS
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Evening Availability


500 N Michigan Ave
5th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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My Approach to Helping

Shira Behal, LPC, AT, is a master's level licensed therapist with a dual degree in Counseling and Art Therapy. Shira specializes in working with clients with Trauma, PTSD or C-PTSD, addictions, and clients in the LGBTQIA+ community including those transitioning. Shira has also worked with clients with special needs such as ADHD, intellectual disability, and on the autism spectrum. Shira is a poly and kink friendlyKnowledgeable therapist and is trained as a multiculturally respectful clinician. Shira is a Therapist and an Art Therapist and can incorporate Art Therapy both in person and via telehealth.

Shira has previously worked with a methadone clinic, an inpatient mental health hospital, a women's shelter, a community outreach program, and with Little City Foundation. Shira earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a graduate degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Adler University.

Shira brings a wide background of approaches to help clients overcome what life has dealt, to find a path together. In therapy Shira uses a Person-Centered approach of listening combined with a structured style of teaching new skills to guide clients to the life they're seeking. Shira draws from EFT, DBT, Exposure Therapy, Seeking Safety, and mindfulness.

If you are seeking change but aren't sure how to get there, Shira is ready to help you find your path.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

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