Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology — Northwestern University
B.A. in Dance — Columbia College Chicago
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.
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.