Betsey Zemke

Betsey Zemke, LSW

Therapist • Lakeview

Now offering online video visits for patients

(773) 496-4433

3665 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613


Each of us will experience moments in life where we need support from others. While sometimes our goal might be to regain equilibrium, I also believe that these moments can create tremendous positive change both for individuals and our communities. More than anything else, I appreciate the trust that clients place in me when giving me the opportunity to listen to their stories. I believe that my role as a therapist is to help clients find their voice and make meaning of their experiences in ways that help prepare them for the future.

My passion is blending a client’s own deep knowledge of their situation with a calm and affirming therapeutic presence in order to help clients identify and appreciate their own strengths. I invite my clients’ whole selves into the therapy room, with a spirit of gratitude and openness for all aspects of their story they are willing to share. In therapy sessions, my task is always to create a curious and collaborative environment to help clients identify the change they want to achieve and then develop skills that bring them closer to that goal.

I hold an MSW degree from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at UIC, with a specialization in mental health and a concentration in gender studies. I have a broad range of experience within individual therapy, including work with adolescents, young adults, and older adults. With personal and professional experience addressing the particular needs of those who are queer, trans, polyamorous, or kinky, I offer a knowledgeable and affirming environment to a broad spectrum of clients. I’m deeply committed to working with individuals within LGBTQ+ communities, particularly those who are gender expansive; my additional areas of focus include depression and anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, intergenerational and complex trauma, mental health in the workplace, sexuality and health, and gender identity development and expression. My therapeutic style centers the understanding that clients are the experts on their own life experience and that each of us exists in relationship with others. This relational-cultural lens combined with cognitive-behavioral techniques forms the core of my practice. I’m dedicated to a social justice framework both inside and outside the therapeutic space, and work to create a climate of respect for each facet of my clients’ identities.

In-network insurances

    Aetna • Blue Cross Blue Shield • Humana • Self pay


    Adjustment Disorder • Adult Psychotherapy • Anger Management • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Borderline Personality Disorder • DBT/CBT • Depression • Divorce • Gender Dysphoria • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • Insomnia • LGBTQ • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Mood Disorders • Occupational Difficulties • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Sexual Dysfunction • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts • Women's Health Issues

Education and training

  • Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, Masters in Social Work

Professional memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers

Languages spoken

  • English
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