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Therapist
Education
Master of Social Work, Specialization in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children & Adolescents — University of Illinois at Chicago
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology — Northwestern University
B.A. in Dance — Columbia College Chicago
I Treat
5-10 Years Old
10-15 Years Old
15-20 Years Old
Young Adult
Family
Adoptive Families
LGB/TQ+
Issues I Treat
Trauma
LGB/TQ+ Identity & Relationships
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Self-Harm
Anxiety Disorders
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Depression / Mood Disorders
Suicidality
Borderline Personality Disorder
Emotion Regulation Issues
Cognitive Flexibility / Executive Functioning
Grief & Loss
Life Stage Transitions
Child Abuse
Physical Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Child Behavioral Problems
Adoption Issues
Child-Parent Attachment Issues
Family of Origin Issues
Parenting Issues
School Refusal
Domestic Violence
Cultural Transition / Immigration Issues
Racism Issues
Step or Blended Families
Polyamory, Non-monogamy, Non-traditional Relationships
Sibling Issues
Women's Issues
Sexual Issues
Stress Management
Types of Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
CBT-informed
DBT-informed
Diagnostic Assessment
Emotion Focused Therapy
Family Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Integrative Systemic Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy
Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies
Narrative Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy
Relational Cultural Therapy
About

Jen McCool is a Licensed Social Worker specializing in psychotherapy for trauma, anxiety, depression and gender/sexual identity development. She began her clinical practice working to increase access to evidence-based and trauma-informed treatment for youth and families of historically underserved communities. Prior to The Family Institute, Mx. McCool worked at Catholic Charities Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Office of the Public Guardian, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and Heartland Alliance. She has considerable clinical and case management experience with a focus on diverse family systems, as well as with immigrant and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Mx. McCool is passionate about providing healing work that is holistic, strength-based and culturally relevant. She emphasizes a relational approach, utilizing empathy, respect, humor and creativity in her sessions. While Mx. McCool has worked with individuals across the lifespan, she has a clinical niche of working with adolescent clients. She draws from both professional and personal experiences in explorations of sexuality and gender, support of adoptive and multiracial families and examinations of the impact of systems on the individual.

Other Professional Involvement/Leadership Positions

Mx. McCool continues to engage in community-based activism and outreach. She provides pro bono therapy as a Healer for Healthy Hood Chicago’s Get Yo Mind Right Program. Additionally, she creates and facilitates educational seminars on mental health related topics for schools and nonprofit organizations.

Insurance Accepted
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Out of Network Reimbursement
Self Pay
Languages
English
Spanish