Cali Babey, M.A. – Advanced Therapy Extern

Who am I as a therapist
As a therapist, I create a safe environment that is welcoming and supportive of the whole person. I am interested in getting to know a person’s values and interests in order to understand him/her/them/zir in a holistic fashion. I believe it is imperative to have honest and open dialogue and form a relationship that is safe, trusting, and collaborative. I think it is equally as important to understand an individual’s strengths as it is to understand their current dissatisfaction or areas for growth.

Who do I work with
I work with children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in working with LGBTQ identified individuals and their loved ones. I offer individual, couples, and family sessions.

My areas of interest
I work with clients facing a variety of life concerns related to stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, and overall life satisfaction. I enjoy working with clients who are exploring concerns related to identity development, life balance, and transitions.

How I practice
I do not use a “one size fits all” approach for each person I work with. My approach to therapy is relational and strength-based but tailored to meet the needs of each client. I focus on what is going right by highlighting my clients’ strengths and by helping them to maintain and expand upon what they are already doing well. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for self-expression and self-exploration and work with each client to collaboratively develop goals for therapy. I use specific and intentional strategies to promote insight, awareness, healthy coping, relaxation, mindfulness, and empowerment. I support my clients in connecting with opportunities in their community in order to increase feelings of support, belongingness, and purpose.

My background
I am a fourth-year doctoral student at Roosevelt University. I am honored to be training under the supervision of Dr. Bianka Hardin at Centered Therapy Chicago. Before coming to CTC, I have worked with youth and adults in a variety of settings. I provided individual psychotherapy at Hartgrove Behavioral Health Hospital inpatient unit where I also facilitated various weekly groups focusing on experience of trauma, anger management, emotional regulation, and cognitive-behavioral skill development. I later gained experience in a suburban private practice setting conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for the purpose of diagnostic clarification and treatment collaboration with other providers, including therapists, physicians, and schools. Before moving to Chicago, I also worked as a mental health counselor for an in-home crisis-intervention program for at-risk youth and their families. I have been actively involved in the LGBTQ community for over 15 years now and have had the pleasure of volunteering with some fantastic LGBTQ organizations including Center on Halsted in Chicago and True Colors, Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut.

Anything else?
I understand that beginning therapy for the first time or transitioning to a new therapist can feel overwhelming. While therapy may be an unfamiliar arena for you, I commend you for exploring this option and taking steps towards improving your wellbeing. I am happy to be part of a team at CTC that offers flexible affordable services to those in need. As a doctoral student therapist in training, I can offer clients a $50 per session rate. If you would like to learn more about what therapy may look like for you or your family, please feel free to contact me. I am available for appointments at CTC on Mondays and Wednesdays.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Cali, please contact Centered Therapy Chicago: (773) 569-1468 or