My approach to therapy is interactive, collaborative, and reflective. Individuals often seek counseling when they have reached an impasse in life. Problems of depression, anxiety, or negative behaviors frequently reflect a loss of purpose or meaning. Stress and insecurity may affect how one handles day-to-day interpersonal and work situations. I work with individuals to explore their current life issues in the context of their past experiences and help them to develop new ways of being or interacting in relationships.
I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Also, I am on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work and the Professional Development Program of the University of Chicago. . As a graduate of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, I can offer a negotiated fee for psychoanalysis.
Additionally, I have a PhD in Creative Writing and an interest in working with individuals who experience difficulties in their creative expressions. I accept BlueCrossBlueShield insurance and most PPO plans. I am also willing to negotiate a fee for individuals who would like complete confidentiality as to their mental health records.
Call or Email Carol Ganzer for a free phone consultation now - (773) 339-8486


  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • School: University Of Illinois
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: 149.008318 Illinois


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: University of Chicago,SSA/Advanced Clinical Pracitce
  • Certificate Date: 2000
  • Certificate: Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/Psychoanalyst
  • Certificate Date: 2015


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Self Esteem
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus


  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic


  • Individuals
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2015
Carol Ganzer, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago

Carol Ganzer

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW