Ethel Gugenheim


Therapist and Counselor


“As a therapist I take the time to get to know my clients and build rapport with them. I believe each client brings a unique set of experiences, needs, and strengths and so I use a personal approach to help my clients feel safe and heard.”

People sometimes think they can avoid therapy if they educate themselves on psychology and alter their behavior based on what they’ve learned.

Unfortunately, many eventually realize this “go it alone” approach doesn’t solve their problem. Achieving lasting desired change requires the guidance of an experienced professional providing the necessary direction…framework…and objective feedback. Ethel helps families and individuals, including adolescent children to make concrete, lasting change. She believes these changes come from working on both a cognitive and physical level.

Ethel helps people suffering from anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and self-esteem issues. She helps them overcome these issues to live better lives and create better relationships.

When people feel like there’s no hope, when they are stressed, when they need someone who truly listens, Ethel is there to uncover the real root problems before she recommends a solution.

From the very first contact, Ethel puts her clients at ease, establishing mutual trust, respect, and confidence. And rest assured, Ethel keeps your personal and consultation information confidential.

Ethel received her Masters of Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois Chicago and a bachelor’s in psychology from Hebrew Theological College. She is skilled in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (“DBT”), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“CBT”) and Eye Movement Desensitization (“EDMR”) which helps her to identify and change negative thought patterns so that clients can function at their highest abilities.

Ethel’s expertise can help you with anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. She’s involved with National Association of Social Workers (“NASW”), the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (“IITAP”), and the International Association of Eating Disorders (“IAEDP”). Her association with these organizations helps her to give relief to people who’ve experienced trauma and addiction.

Outside of work Ethel is passionate about providing food and safety to those in need. In her spare time she volunteers for Young Israel of Chicago. She enjoys most water activities, taking walks, reading novels, and cozying up by a fire.

Ethel is interested in discussing her services with you. You don’t have to specify your issues in your email. Because that’s private. Send Ethel an email at
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