Betsey Zemke Staff Therapist
she/her/they/them
LCSW

I am open to new clients at this time.

Need support? I believe hard moments can be powerful opportunities for growth, and even a chance to create positive change. As a therapist my role is to help you harness this moment and use it to help create a more authentic life. 

My passion is blending a client’s own self-knowledge with a calm and affirming therapeutic presence. I can help you appreciate your own strengths, identify the change you want to achieve, and then help you develop skills to bring you closer to that goal.

I hold an MSW degree from UIC, with a focus on mental health and gender studies. I have a broad range of experience with individual therapy, including work with adolescents, young adults, and older adults. With personal and professional experience addressing the needs of those who are queer, trans, polyamorous, or kinky, I offer knowledgeable and affirming practice to a spectrum of folks who may struggle to find the “right fit” with their therapist. I’m committed to working with individuals within LGBTQ+ communities, particularly those who are gender expansive; other areas of focus include depression and anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, intergenerational and complex trauma, mental health in the workplace, sexuality and health, and identity development. My therapeutic style is client-led with a focus on the relationships that make up all parts of your life. I’m dedicated to a social justice framework both inside and outside the therapy room, and work to honor all aspects of your identities.

More than anything else, I appreciate the trust that you place in me when giving me the opportunity to listen to your story. I believe that my role is to help you find your voice and make meaning of your experiences in ways that help you create future growth.

Need support? I believe hard moments can be powerful opportunities for growth, and even a chance to create positive change. As a therapist my role is to help you harness this moment and use it to help create a more authentic life. 

My passion is blending a client’s own self-knowledge with a calm and affirming therapeutic presence. I can help you appreciate your own strengths, identify the change you want to achieve, and then help you develop skills to bring you closer to that goal.

I hold an MSW degree from UIC, with a focus on mental health and gender studies. I have a broad range of experience with individual therapy, including work with adolescents, young adults, and older adults. With personal and professional experience addressing the needs of those who are queer, trans, polyamorous, or kinky, I offer knowledgeable and affirming practice to a spectrum of folks who may struggle to find the “right fit” with their therapist. I’m committed to working with individuals within LGBTQ+ communities, particularly those who are gender expansive; other areas of focus include depression and anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, intergenerational and complex trauma, mental health in the workplace, sexuality and health, and identity development. My therapeutic style is client-led with a focus on the relationships that make up all parts of your life. I’m dedicated to a social justice framework both inside and outside the therapy room, and work to honor all aspects of your identities.

More than anything else, I appreciate the trust that you place in me when giving me the opportunity to listen to your story. I believe that my role is to help you find your voice and make meaning of your experiences in ways that help you create future growth.

Clients I Work With

Individuals 18+, Couples, Polycules

Areas of Focus

• ADHD/ADD
• Anxiety
• Autism
• Bipolar Disorder
• Body Image/Dysmorphia
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Depression or other difficulties with mood
• Gender Diversity
• Gender Identity
• Grief
• Harm Reduction
• Help for Professional Therapists
• LGBTQ+
• Neurodiversity
• Perinatal/Prenatal
• Polyamorous/Alternative Relationships
• Religious Trauma
• Self-Injury
• Sexual Identity
• Sexual or Other Physical Abuse/Assault Victims
• Suicidal Ideation
• Trauma/PTSD

Types of Therapy

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Gottman Method Relationship Therapy
• Mindfulness Therapy

Insurance & Payments

I am in-network with BCBS PPO and Aetna PPO/POS/Choice. For out-of-network insurance, I can provide you with superbills to get reimbursed by your insurance company. I can take self-pay and/or sliding scale clients.