Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Counseling and Psychotherapy

Howard Brown Health Center provides mental health services specifically tailored for the LGBTQ community, through counseling and psychotherapy available in our Behavioral Health Services department. Individual, couples, family, and group therapies are provided by our team of experienced counselors, social workers, and psychologists.  To speak with us about our services or to obtain referrals, please contact 773.388.1600.

To request counseling services at Howard Brown Health Center, please call 773.388.1600. A Patient Services Representative will schedule a short 10-15 minute phone interview that fits your schedule--often on the same day as your inquiry.  During the call, a counselor will gather basic information about why you are seeking therapy, and what type of therapist and appointment time would best meet your needs. If we have a therapist that matches your needs, that therapist will contact you to arrange a first appointment. If not, the counselor will recontact you and offer referrals to places/counselors that might be a good match.

Victims of domestic violence should call 773.388.8882 for immediate assistance.

Those seeking help with substance abuse issues should call Howard Brown's Recovering With Pride program at 773.388.8891 to speak with a therapist who specializes in substance abuse. 

Schedule of fees:

Individual Intake Assessment: $250.00
Individual Psychotherapy: $150.00
Family or Couples Therapy: $150.00
Group Psychotherapy:  $60.00

Discounted fees are available to clients with documented need. Howard Brown Health Center is a member of numerous mental health networks, accepting a variety of insurance plans.  If we do not have counselors that accept your insurance plan, we will be glad to offer referrals to other therapists in your area that do.

Howard Brown Health Center partners with the VALEO Program at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, an LGBTQ program providing 24-hour psychiatric emergency assessment and referral service at 800.888.0560.

Psychiatry Services

Howard Brown Health Center offers psychiatry services one day per week at its Sheridan Road location.  To request psychiatry services, please call 773.388.1600.  Howard Brown Health Center medical patients are encouraged to consult with their medical provider before scheduling a psychiatry appointment.

Howard Brown Health Center is a member of numerous mental health networks, accepting a variety of insurance plans. While discounted fees are available to clients with documented need, Howard Brown Health Center is not currently accepting new sliding scale psychiatry patientsAlternate referrals for adult, sliding scale psychiatry services are included in the following list, which is updated regularly. 

Alternate Sliding Scale Psychiatry Resources

This list will be updated as additional resources are located and confirmed.

Here are some ideas for locating alternate psychiatry services and/or ways to continue to get your medicine:

Consider approaching your medical provider to write your prescription in future.  If your medical provider is not at Howard Brown Health Center, we will be glad to send your provider information about your recent treatment and prescriptions.  If you and your provider are comfortable with this arrangement, you may not need to get a separate psychiatrist.

If you do not have a primary care provider to prescribe your medicine, consider getting one.  You can look for sliding scale medical care at  

If you need to find a new psychiatrist, consult the list provided below.  Three important things to know about agencies or hospitals offering sliding scale psychiatry services: 

  • Many serve people that live in a particular “catchment” area.  This means that they receive funding to provide services to people in a particular neighborhood or area of town.  When you call about services, ask them about this and make sure that you live in an area they serve before you do an intake.
  • Many require sliding scale psychiatry clients to also be in therapy with a counselor at their agency.  If you are already in therapy here at Howard Brown, they might require that you change your therapist to someone that works with them.  If you decide to do that, your therapist at Howard Brown will gladly forward information or even talk to your new therapist to make the change as easy as possible for you.
  • Most require an “intake” or assessment to see if you are eligible for the services they provide and to make sure you’d be a good match for the services they can provide.  Arranging an intake does not mean you are guaranteed a psychiatrist or that they’ll have openings they can offer you.    

Community Counseling Centers

Access Community Health Network
Main number: (773)257.6770
Site has many locations in Chicago; these are some of the closest.
2020 N. Clybourn Ave, 60614, (773)-404-5277
1555 W. Howard St, 60626, (773)-764-7146
2655 W. Peterson St, 60659, (773)-271-8880

Advocate Northside Community Mental Health
938 W. Nelson, 3rd Floor, (773) 296-3220

Awakening Center (limited number of low fee client slots)
3523 N. Lincoln Ave, (773)-929-6262 x14,

Circle Family Healthcare Network (Serves 60647 and 60639 zip codes only)
1633 N. Hamlin, (773) 276-1200

City of Chicago Behavioral Health Centers
Listed below are Health Centers that offer adult psychiatry services. Call (312) 747-9768 to identify which health center serves your neighborhood. To find a listing on-line, search for “CDPH Mental Health Centers”. Call your closest center and confirm that you are in their catchment area.

North River MHC (serves Forest Park, north Glenn, Albany, Irving Park)
5801 N. Pulaski, Building C, (312) 744-1906

Bobby E. Wright MHC
(Western to Cicero, Roosevelt to Fullerton catchment area)
9 S. Kedzie, (773) 722-7900
Site does not offer appointments, instead clients should arrive at 7:45 a.m.
M-F, bring your Social Security card.

Sinai Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Mile Square
2040 W. Washington, (312)-850-5800
Intakes are Monday through Friday, 9-11 am, 1-3 pm 

Lawndale MHC (catchment is Roosevelt to 22nd, Western to Cicero)
1201 S. Campbell, (312)746-5905

Woodlawn MHC (catchment is 60637 zip or close)
6337 S. Woodlawn, (312) 747-0059
Intakes are 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Community Mental Health Council
8704 S. Constance, (773) 734-4033
Call and offer info over the phone.  Clients are contacted in 24-48 hours regarding an intake.                       

Greater Lawn MHC (catchment is Western to Harlem, 47th-79th)
4150 W. 55th Street, (312) 747-1020

Community Mental Health Council, Englewood Center
6239 S. Western Avenue, (773) 863-9749
Intakes are scheduled Tues, Thurs and Fri, 8:30-4:30

Still being researched:

  • Englewood MHC
  • Roseland Neighborhood Health Center
  • Beverly-Morgan Park MHC
  • Auburn-Gresham Public Health Center
  • Northwest MHC
  • Northtown - Rogers Park MHC

Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
(773) 769-0205 for appointments at all locations.
Site has multiple locations in Chicago; we’ve listed them below.

5961 North Ridge Ave
2542 West North Ave.
11750 South Western Ave.
5701 North Broadway
4740 North Clark

Core Center (HIV+ clients only)
Clients must be in primary care at The Core Center to access psychiatry services
2020 West Harrison St, (312) 572-4500 press the button for “mental health” and ask for an intake for psychiatry

Counseling Center of Lakeview
3225 North Sheffield, (773) 549-5886,

Heartland Alliance
Site only offers services for people that are homeless and struggling with substance abuse. Clients can attend a 1pm-2pm Walk-In to meet and talk with a staff member.
4750 North Sheridan Rd, (773) 751-4103

Lutheran Social Services
4840 W Byron, (773) 745-9870, x 26

Metropolitan Family Services
Site has multiple locations in Chicago; we’ve listed the sites offering psychiatry below:

3062 East 91st Street, (773) 371-2900, call during 10-2pm intake M-F
10537 South Roberts Road, Palos Heights, (708) 974-2300
222 East Willow, Wheaton, (630) 784-4800, ask for intake department

Pilsen Little Village Outpatient Mental Health Center
2015 West Cermak, (773) 890-0645, ask to speak to an Intake Worker

1400 W. Greenleaf, (773) 508-6100
Primarily serve clients with serious mental illness that require case management too.

Thrive Counseling Center (Serves Oak Park/River Forest)
120 S. Marion, Oak Park, (708) 383-7500

Turning Point
8324 Slokie Blvd, (847) 933-0051, x 424 ask for Intake

Veteran’s Outpatient Clinics
Site has multiple locations in the Chicagoland area.  Services are available to people who served on active duty in combat zones.  To locate the Clinic closest to you, go to this web site  Find the Clinic closest to you and contact them to confirm your eligibility.


Advocate Illinois Masonic
938 West Nelson, 3rd Floor, (773) 296-3220, ask for Intake

Evanston Hospital, Outpatient Psychiatry
2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, (847) 570-2500

Loretto Hospital, Outpatient Psychiatry
Catchment area is 60644, 60639, 60654 zip codes.
5524 W. Harrison, (773) 854-5290

Mount Sinia Hospital
2653 West Ogden, 2nd Floor, (773) 257-6672 and ask for Intake, or walk-in Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm
(does not serve people labeled as sex offenders)

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Stone Institute of Psychiatry
446 East Ontario or 222 East Superior, (312) 926-8200, ask for the Intake Department

Stroger Hospital
To request psychiatry services, go to the Stroger Walk-In Clinic located at 621 South Winchester.  The Walk-In Clinic opens at 7am (7 days a week) and is first-come, first served.  Arrive early, as a limited number of clients are seen per day.  Espect a significant wait. The Walk-In Clinic does not take appointments and does not have a phone number for questions.  The general phone number is (312) 864-6000.

Other Hospitals Close To You
Contact other hospitals close to you to see if they have outpatient adult psychiatry services.

Internet resources:
Lists low-cost healthcare options in the Chicagoland area.