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Jessica Zaehringer, MA, MSW, LCSW

Jessica Zaehringer, MA, MSW, LCSW
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Do you want to learn to give yourself grace?

Life is full of successes and disappointments. You want to roll through the ups and downs – to give yourself grace and to move forward. But instead you feel burdened with doubt and regrets.

How often do you find yourself rehashing uncomfortable moments, regrets, or worse – your failings?  It is so easy to lose yourself and get caught up in trying to meet everyone else’s expectations you can lose sight of your own.

Be comfortable in your skin…meeting your expectations.

I help women of all ages learn to forgive themselves for not being perfect – all while learning to give themselves grace.  Together we work to increase the ease with which you healthily cope with the stress of life.  Learn to create a space for yourself that cultivates a sense of hope. Live the life that you truly want – setting and meeting your own expectations.

You are not broken – let me help you define your path and stay the course you desire.  My therapeutic approach is collaborative and relaxed. Sessions resemble a conversation – not a traditional doctor/patient visit.  I want to understand you in the context of your unique experience and assist you to work through the issues that trouble you.  Even talking about difficult issues, sessions are generally a positive experience.

Therapy is self-care.

Therapy is a safe trauma-informed space to work together on life’s impacts, and create a safe space of comfort that fits your unique experience and leads you to a place of learning, self-discovery, and overall wellness. I utilize an evidence-based psychotherapy practice that fosters collaborative, empathic, and compassionate care.

More About Me

I believe firmly in the power of connection – especially when it comes to healing.  My clinical expertise fosters the therapeutic relationship as well as self-forgiveness and creates a safe, empathic, trauma-informed space for us to work together on your healing journey. I’ve been fortunate to work with a diverse and high-need population with unique backgrounds and barriers, and I know I’m able to meet clients and families where they are.

I have a Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in mental health as well as a Masters (MA) in women’s studies and gender studies both from Loyola University Chicago. My undergraduate degree is in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

My specialties include: women’s issues, work/life balance, healthy coping mechanisms, stress, adjustment, older adults and aging, and LGBTQIA+ issues.

I am currently accepting new clients. I look forward to talking with you, please contact me and schedule an appointment. My practice is limited to telehealth, and I am open to working with anyone in the state of Illinois.  Sessions are conducted via a secure HIPAA compliant video call platform – Contact me to get started.

You can email me directly at or call me at (312) 416-1948.

Contact Jessica

Family Issues
Goal Identification
Life Transition
Older Adults & Aging
Parenting & Family
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Self Esteem
Social Anxiety
Stress Management
Trauma Recovery
Women’s Issues
Young Adults