Jennifer Warner (Jen/she/her)

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I am a trauma/social justice informed therapist dedicated to supporting all bodies through chronic illness, life stress, and transitions.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

  • Individual

About My Clients

My clients are individuals living with anxiety, depression, and PTSD related to chronic illness and/or lived experience of violence (individual, community, intergenerational, historical) and are seeking a safe and compassionate space for tending to and processing the past, connecting to the present, growing skills, and healing. I specialize in working with those living with complex medical diagnoses (or multiple symptoms with no diagnosis), challenging prognoses, and "watchful waiting."

My Background and Approach

I am a licensed clinical social worker (IL, WA, OR, and NY) and integrative psychotherapist with certification in the treatment of traumatic stress and holistic health counseling and nutrition. I have been an adjunct instructor on trauma-informed care and abuse and trauma at the graduate schools of social work of Columbia University and Portland State University. I believe in working with every client as a whole person, not just as a collection of symptoms. My approach honors the body and spirit as well as the mind and recognizes the impact that lived experience - both internal as in the case of illness and external as with violence and oppression - has on shaping an individual's view of the world and themselves. My therapeutic approach is trauma/social justice informed, insight-oriented, and blends cognitive-behavioral, somatic experiencing, and mindfulness based techniques.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My interest in social justice stems from growing up as a closeted queer kid in 1980s NYC watching my father work tirelessly to make sure the law served those impacted by violence (including police brutality). And later as a documentary TV producer where I had the privilege of meeting and sharing the stories of people from all walks of life - many of them survivors (and perpetrators) of violence. After 10 years, disillusioned by the inherent biases within media and recognizing that I could be doing much more to directly serve communities facing injustice, I quit and became a social worker, a path that allowed me to directly serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual/physical assault, gun violence, child abuse, and medical trauma in community mental health clinics and as the crime victim social worker in a large public hospital in NYC. I am also a person living with invisible disabilities and have learned firsthand the impact of ableism, including in medical settings.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 15 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $120 - 175/session

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