My work is psychoanalytic, which means I attend to feelings/beliefs that emerge from one's lived experience/history and that interfere with living fully, creatively, and freely in the present. I believe that psychotherapy, at its best, is a deeply transforming experience that emerges within an intimate and private space in which you are listened to, understood, and responded to honestly and directly.
I've been providing psychotherapy for adolescents and adults since 1988. I received my PhD at Smith College, and am the Associate Dean at the Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago). I chair the Committee on Social Responsibility for the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and am engaged in social justice work.
I work strictly on a sliding fee basis and am devoted to a process that is confidential and protected from third party interference. Therefore I do not participate in insurance. I often see patients more than once per week and am committed to fee arrangements that make possible a meaningful therapeutic experience.
Take the first step to help. Call Jennifer Tolleson now - (312) 257-3547


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Smith College
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: 149-002192 Illinois


  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • No managed care or insurance panels
  • Sliding scale
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Relationship Issues


  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Trauma and PTSD


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Identity

Client Focus


  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transsexual Clients
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015
Jennifer Tolleson, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago

Jennifer Tolleson

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW