Erynn Besser, LCPC, NCC
Who am I as a therapist? Who I am as a therapist is also who I am as a person outside of my practice. I believe that we all strive to be seen, heard, and accepted for who we are. Through warmth, compassion, and empowerment, I strive to create a safe and affirming space for folks to feel empowered by the many aspects of their identity. I am an advocate for gender equality, racial justice, sexuality, pleasure and authenticity.
Who do I work with? I work with clients who are interested in deepening their connection to themselves, others and the world around them. I am a sex and gender therapist who enjoys working with adults in both individual and couples therapy. I am LGBTQIA+, kink, and poly/CNM competent.
My areas of interest: I specialize in sex therapy and work with poly/CNM issues, women’s issues, gender identity development, and a variety of sexual concerns including sexual dysfunction, pain, low desire, differing libidos, boundary setting, and communication challenges.
How I practice: Utilizing a collaborative, holistic and strength-based approach with all individuals, I believe in honoring each person’s unique life experiences and the intersectionality of who they are. I am grounded in a relational practice that values feminist theory and harm reduction. I bring creativity, humor and authenticity into my sessions. I help clients normalize the many experiences that occur across the lifespan that often creates isolation and shame in our lives, reminding you that you are not alone. I provide my clients with evidence-based resources, tools and education that helps fight the stigma that is attached to sex and sexuality and supports them on their journey towards personal empowerment and self-acceptance.
My background: I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2018 where I focused on marital and family therapy. I completed Level 1 and Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I have a variety of experience working in different mental health settings from inpatient care to non-profit agencies. I am currently in the process of completing advanced training in sex therapy from the Ohio Center for Relationship & Sexual Health.
Anything else? I am a huge advocator for self-care and work/life balance. When I am not practicing, you can usually find me getting lost in a good book. I read everything from psychology books that influence my practice, to literary fiction. However, my favorite way to practice self-care is by hiking & backpacking. To me, there is nothing like completely surrounding myself in nature to reconnect to the mind, body and spirit.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Please call 773-569-1468 or email Intake@@centeredtherapychicago.com to schedule a phone consultation.