Mission

Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) promotes individual and cultural healing, growth and transformation through therapy, training, activism and the arts for our collective mental and health wellbeing.

Our Campaign

Our priority project for 2020 is our Trans-Inclusive Chicago Campaign, which challenges Chicago organizations to Get Trained and Hire Transgender Job Candidates

Our Local Approach

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 local QTBIPOC community Members and our neighbors who live, work, and visit Andersonville to foster intersectional Trans-Inclusion in Andersonville. 

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!

Outside of Andersonville we invite Members to spearhead locally-focused change in their neighborhood, workplace, or other immediate sphere of influence. 

Our basis in Mental Health

CTC was initially born from the intimate awareness of Queer-identified therapists 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 interdisciplinary 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.