History

CTC was born from the intimate awareness that the mental health struggles of Queer community members, especially QTBIPOC (Queer Trans Black Indigenous People of Color), are often the result of systemic, intersecting injustices that need attention beyond the therapy room and within the relationships, organizations and communities to which those QTBIPOC community members belong. Complex systemic struggles such as the ones QTBIPOC experience require multi-faceted interdisciplinary interventions and widespread support. Through therapy, training, activism and the arts, CTC strives to foster more holistic solutions to minority mental health struggles.

Since 2018, CTC has produced numerous art exhibitions, performance and storytelling nights, direct action and advocacy events, and tailored training and consultations that center the leadership and lived experiences of QTBIPOC community members. To inspire collective, cross-community engagement and action, CTC encourages neighbors, coworkers, friends and loved ones to join the Collective and support collective efforts in building a more safe, just and inclusive Chicago for QTBIPOC communities.


Mission

Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) facilitates member led and QTBIPOC (Queer Trans Black Indigenous People of Color) centered personal, organizational, and social change for our mutual healing, growth and transformation through therapy, training, activism and the arts.


 

Trans-Inclusive Chicago!

Our priority for 2020 is our flagship Trans-Inclusive Chicago Campaign, which challenges and supports Chicago neighborhoods to improve transgender inclusion and equity. We believe communities are their strongest when everyone is welcome and at home, starting with the most marginalized. View our campaign overview sheet HERE.


Locally-focused

The Collective strives to be neighborhood focused and partnership oriented to ensure effective and sustainable change. As an Andersonville based nonprofit, we work to collaborate with our fellow QTBIPOC community Members and the surrounding communities that live, work, and visit Andersonville to help build Trans-Inclusive Andersonville.

We invite Members from other neighborhoods to spearhead these efforts in the neighborhoods they live, work and visit.

At the neighborhood level, we work to curate highly individualized opportunities for:

(1) neighbors and businesses to deepen their awareness, understanding, and investment in T/GNC people, especially QTPOC, already in their lives;

(2) for allies to center, celebrate, and compensate T/GNC people at the local level; and

(3) for communities, businesses, and individuals to move toward increased engagement and capacity for inclusivity through improved knowledge, empathy, and practical skills–to everyone’s benefit!