Jennifer Rafacz, PhD

 

Dr. Jennifer Rafacz is a staff therapist at The Family Institute. Dr. Rafacz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specialization in Sex Therapy. Dr. Rafacz is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and working towards her AASECT sex therapy certification. She is a member of the Couples Therapy Program at The Family Institute.

Dr. Rafacz maintains an active clinical practice specializing in the treatment of couples and individuals.  She integrates current research to employ the most up-to-date, evidence-supported treatment option for her clients.   She has experience working with individuals with concerns related to depression, anxiety, pain management, stress management, and life transitions.  With couples, she works to enrich or heal their relationship including addressing communication concerns, improving bonds, adjusting to major life transitions, infidelity, and helping foster healthy connections and relationships.

Dr. Rafacz is part of the Make your Marriage Work program and works with couples for premarital counseling.  She has completed training and is an approved provider for the PREPARE/ENRICH premarital inventory.

Dr. Rafacz’s passion and specialty area is sex therapy and she enjoys working with individuals and couples to help them address issues related to sex. For couples, common reasons for seeing a specialist in sex therapy include addressing desire concerns, sexual discrepancies, conflict, infidelity, nonmonogamy/polyamory, and communication problems around sex.   She works with clients with sexual performance concerns including difficulties with arousal including erections, difficulty in achieving orgasm/low pleasure, premature or rapid ejaculation, impaired sexual function due to medical or health problems, sexual pain or sexual compulsivity.  With individuals, Dr. Rafacz can help clients to explore gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship issues, and any sexual functioning concerns. She brings safety and insight into all relationships including LGBTQ+ and nonmonogamy/polyamory.

Dr. Rafacz uses an integrative approach to treatment; she aims to work collaboratively with clients in an educational and solution focused manner while providing a supportive, non-judgmental and affirming space. When working with either individuals or couples, she works with them to recognize their patterns, increase self-awareness, develop healthy sexual identities, and to help each individual/couple increase their skill sets and better understand their own beliefs and values.

  • Clinical Interests: Affairs/Infidelity, Couples Conflict, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Health Enhancement/Smoking Cessation/Diet/Illness Risk Prevention, Life Stage Transitions, Marital Satisfaction and Intimacy Issues, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Premarital Issues and Counseling, Sex Therapy/Sexual Dysfunction, Stress Management, Work/Life Balance Issues
  • Location: Chicago (downtown)
  • Insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare