----- Director of Outreach & Communication
----- Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Ali Mayer, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and partners struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar, grief & loss, relationship and attachment issues, and other general life and work stressors.
Ali’s therapeutic work is centered around building a strong therapeutic alliance & creating a safe and comfortable space for the client. Ali uses a strengths based, relational and nonjudgmental approach.
Ali utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients establish a values driven life in the hopes of creating a life worth living. Ali also believes in tailoring the therapeutic interventions to meet the client’s needs and integrates approaches such as DBT, ACT, Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy, CBT, and Experiential Therapy.
Ali received her Master’s degree in social work from Loyola university Chicago. She completed her internship at the Evanston Hospital Bridge’s program. Before pursuing private practice, Ali worked at Eating Recovery Center in Chicago in the residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care, working with a variety of people struggling with eating disorders, mood, anxiety, dissociative episodes, trauma flashbacks, self injury, and suicidality.
Ali’s goal is to establish an individualized, integrative relationship with each client to help them explore internal experiences and barriers to living an enriched, full and meaningful life.
While her office is located in downtown Chicago next to Millenium park for in-person sessions, she also welcomes and serves clients for online therapy from anywhere in Illinois. Clients from the Chicagoland area may choose in-office or online therapy and usually commute from surrounding areas such as River North, South Loop, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown and many more.
A note from Ali:
I wanted to become a therapist because I have always felt drawn to people and connection. I feel incredibly privileged to be trusted with the life stories and vulnerabilities of the people I meet, while also having the ability to offer support and guidance. My personal therapy style is best described as warm, genuine, and candid. In my free time, I enjoy spending time by the lake, as I find it incredibly grounding and healing. I also love spending time with family, friends, and my little dachshund puppy, Finley!