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


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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