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Donna Livesey, MSW, LCSW

Last Updated: 5/12/2018

Donna Livesey, LCSW - Chicago Therapist

It is truly a privilege to be a therapist, and I value each client relationship.   Some clients are working through trauma issues, while others are addressing difficulties coping with life transitions, relationship issues, anxiety and depression, or emotional instability.

Seeking therapy does not meant that you are broken, but not satisfied with how you are reacting to the complex and contradictory world we live in. I work to understand your issues in the context of your unique experience rather than a pathological perspective of you having something wrong or being broken.

My style is relaxed and engaged during our meetings. Even though we are addressing complicated and sometimes painful subjects, it is not surprising for my clients to find themselves laughing as they share their life with me. Our time together is yours, and you deserve to get what you need from it.  I am client-centered in my therapeutic approach – your ideas, needs and goals drive our session.

I want you to look forward to our sessions – as we are working on creating the change you want in your life. Together, in a safe space you tell me your story as it is to date – and we work through the issues that are troubling you and figure out how you want to address them. Although sometimes this means talking about difficult subjects, it is my responsibility to help you feel comfortable and safe to do so.

As a client-centered therapist, I focus on harm reduction, cognitive behavioral (CBT) and mindfulness interventions.  Goals throughout our work include assisting you set boundaries and improve coping skills while reducing any anxiety and depressive symptoms you experience – enabling you to make the positives changes you desire. In addition to working with those experiencing problems with depression or anxiety, I have a specialization in crisis intervention and working with issues related to grief, trauma/abuse recovery, and substance abuse.

A social worker for over 15 years, I have a wide variety of clinical experience that allows me to therapeutically intervene in a way that is meaningful to each person I work with.  I look forward to assisting you in your journey, please contact me and schedule an appointment. 

Office and Contact Information
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53 W Jackson Blvd.
Suite 1605
Chicago, IL 60604  
Phone: (312) 809-7016

Office Hours:
Mon: By appointmentSat: By appointment
Tue: By appointmentSun: By appointment
Wed: By appointment
Thu: By appointment
Fri: By appointment
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified
Gender: Female

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 6 Hours
Weekends: 6 Hours

Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair
Evening Office Hours

Years of Experience: 14

IL - LCSW [149-014875]

Languages Spoken or
Translation Services:



Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $130
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: N/A

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: Yes

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation

Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO)

Problems Served (focus areas are bold)
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.)
Anxiety/Panic Disorders
Asperger's Syndrome
Autism Spectrum
Behavioral Problems
Bipolar Disorders
Domestic Violence
Dual Diagnosis
Family Issues
Gender Identity
Interpersonal Relationships
Multicultural Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Self Abuse
Sexual Abuse/Rape
Sexual Orientation
Sexuality Issues
Suicidal Thoughts
Women's Issues

Populations Served (focus areas are bold)
Age Groups:
Adults (26-59)
Seniors (60 +)
Young Adults (18-25)

Specific Populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
College Students
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT)
Step Families

Treatment Methods and Approaches (focus areas are bold)
Theoretical Approach:
Crisis Intervention
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Mindfulness Based Approaches
Narrative Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Methods Used:
Educational or Psycho-Educational
Family Systems