Summer Valentine

Licensed Professional Counselor

Summer Valentine

Licensed Professional Counselor

Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Dr. Leesa Contorino, PsyD-L #071010237
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 178017145
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

1511 Berwyn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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My Approach to Helping

Good therapy is when you get to a place where you are able to allow yourself to just be. There is space for you to be open and connect with yourself in a way you may never have before. Being able to collaborate with your therapist and establish what you want to achieve during your time together is so beneficial. I work primarily from a combination of cognitivedialectical behavioral techniques and a client-centered approach. I believe it is helpful to focus on thoughts and behaviors you find positive and beneficial in your life, and challenge and reframe the ones that aren’t serving you. I encourage my clients to explore their emotions and how they are connected to their body and how all of this contributes to how they respond to life.

More Info About My Practice

IntraSpectrum Counseling is Chicago’s leading psychotherapy practice dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Our skilled and devoted psychologists, social workers, and licensed clinical professional counselors have expertise in many areas of focus, including specialized training and experience in working with LGBTQ+ clients. We provide affirming sex-positive and kink-friendly individual, relationship, family, child/adolescent, and group therapy for clients across the spectrum of gender and sexual identities.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Bisexual Allied, Body Positivity, Gay Allied, Immuno-disorders, Intersex Allied, Kink Positive, Lesbian Allied, Mental Health Professionals, Non-Binary Allied, Open Relationships Non-Monogamy Polyamory, Queer Allied, Queer Families, Racial Justice Allied, Sex-Positive, Kink Allied, Sex Worker Allied, Transgender Allied

Industries & Communities Served

  • LGBTQ+
  • BIPOC

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Racism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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