----- Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Chelsea Dillavou, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and registered yoga teacher, is a compassionate, kind and nonjudgmental in-office and online therapist who specializes in the treatment of adults and adolescents that are struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, body image, psychosis, life transitions and relationship stressors.
Chelsea holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Jane Addams college of Social Work. While there, she completed an internship at Schurz High School, a Chicago Public School. Before pursuing private practice, Chelsea worked for 5 years on an inpatient psychiatric unit, then transitioned to providing individual and group therapy for the U.S Air Force, where she successfully treated and supported active duty service members in trauma based therapy, as well as for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders.
Most recently, Chelsea worked at the UCLA Adult Partial Hospitalization Program providing group and individual skills-based treatment to clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and self-injury.
Chelsea’s therapeutic work is informed by mindfulness based approaches such as Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Yoga Therapy, as well as trauma-specific protocols when indicated such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Chelsea also is certified and uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Chelsea uses these evidence-based approaches to assist her clients in achieving their personal and professional goals by improving their emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal skills.
A note from Chelsea
I decided to become a therapist because I believe in the healing power of a therapeutic relationship.My personal therapy style is best described as compassionate, honest and solution focused.
In my spare time I enjoy yoga, cooking and spending time with friends and family, as well as getting outside as often as the weather allows.
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.