Nancy Gardner (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I'm an experienced, compassionate therapist working in the west loop, with 25 years of experience helping people resolve roadblocks in life.

Therapist in Chicago, IL

  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

You may be looking for help with past trauma, or because of a mix of issues going on in your life (transitions, anxiety, childhood stuff, relationships). You may be ready to do some in-depth work, or maybe just want to sort out recent life changes and learn specific skills for dealing with stress or negative thinking. In addition to talk therapy, I also bring in mindfulness techniques , and "body-up" approaches to regulating emotions. Your body already knows how to get back to a resting place!

My Background and Approach

I am committed to using approaches that best fit you and your situation. These could include: 1) examining how your thoughts and beliefs are standing in your way 2) using somatic techniques to recognize when you are living in a charged-up, high stress zone and learning how to help your body return to a resting state 3) learning specific skills to tolerate distress and improve your communication/relationships 4) releasing judgment by returning to the moment, just as it is 5) thinking about the story you have been telling yourself about your life

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am passionate about social justice--particularly cultivating anti-racism and reducing the gap between the wealthy and the rest of the world. I have worked on political campaigns, and volunteer at a school on the west side, providing individual and group counseling to students impacted by violence and poverty. I believe people have within themselves a "core self" which may be covered over by old wounds and old coping behaviors. I think that everyone has the capacity to recover from the pain they have experienced, and to learn new strategies for dealing with life.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 19 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $130 - 130/session


(312)720-5454 Email Nancy
656 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60661

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