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
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
  • ValueOptions
Evening Availability


500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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My Approach to Helping

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

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

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

If you are seeking change but aren't sure how to get there, I am 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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