Chanda Bolander

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Chanda Bolander, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a compassionate and empathic therapist in Chicago who specializes in the treatment of adults who are struggling with eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, life transition, and general life stressors. In particular, she enjoys working with college students and recent graduates as they navigate life transitions and identity development issues.

About Chanda

Chanda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. Upon completing her graduate program, she was awarded the first Post-MSW Fellowship within Olin Student Health Center at MSU working with students on campus with a variety of mental health concerns.  Chanda most recently worked as the Eating Disorder Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Student Health Services, providing individual and group therapy, case management, and program development for students presenting with disordered eating and body image concerns on campus. 

Chanda believes that the therapeutic relationship is pivotal in assisting clients to meet their goals and create meaningful change in their lives.  Chanda strives to build a genuine relationship with her clients by providing a warm and supportive environment. Her style blends multiple approaches to therapy including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and feminist approaches. Chanda also builds upon client’s strengths and values to help foster growth.  

A Note From Chanda

I decided to become a therapist because I have a passion for helping others and believe that change and growth can occur even during the most challenging times. I feel privileged to be trusted with your stories and find it an honor to walk alongside you during your journey. It is my hope that we can build the skills, awareness, and insight you need to live a purposeful life.  My therapeutic style can be described as collaborative, humorous, and genuine.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, my dog (Toby), practicing yoga, and cooking.

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.