jenna peterson, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Chicago, IL

 (773) 987-6763 |

You might be reading this right now because life has become hard, complicated, or overwhelming. 

You may also feel depressed, anxious, scared, hurt, stuck, or shut down.  

In any case, you don't have to struggle alone. 


I am a Licensed Psychologist who works with adults and young adults, including college and graduate students, in the Chicago Loop. I provide therapy for relationship problems, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, substance use concerns, and many other issues.

Therapy can offer a place to begin sorting through what is happening for you. You might be experiencing a lot of issues or have many different feelings right now that are hard to identity or describe. We can talk about your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships, and life experiences to gain a better understanding of what could be helpful for you in this moment. 

I understand that it takes a lot of courage to speak with someone about your life and your problems. However, if it does feel like the right time to open up, please contact me so that we can schedule a brief phone consultation to talk about your concerns and questions you have about therapy. This conversation can also help you decide if you would like to work together to address your mental health needs and personal goals. If the fit doesn’t feel quite right, I will assist you in the process of finding a mental health professional who may be a better match for you based on your present concerns and preferences. 

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I have gained expertise and experience in providing psychological support and services for a diversity of life experiences and mental health difficulties in the following areas:

  • Relationship Problems (Breakups, Separation, Divorce, Conflict, Affairs, Infidelity, Attachment Anxiety, Commitment Issues, Intimacy Concerns, Sexuality, Codependency, Loneliness, and Social Isolation)

  • Family Conflict

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Trauma and PTSD (Rape/Sexual Assault and Sociopolitical Trauma)

  • Life Transitions and Adjustment Difficulties

  • Grief and Loss

  • Mood Swings

  • Irritability and Anger

  • Self-Esteem

  • Alcohol and Drug Use Concerns

  • Work and Academic Problems

  • Eating, Weight, and Body Image Concerns

  • Identity Development and Exploration

  • Personal Growth

My belief is that clients will experience improvement and change in their lives when they are able to develop a strong alliance with their therapist. There are many ways to feel better and I find it to be a great privilege to collaborate with clients to co-create a therapy experience that honors what is meaningful for them.

I specialize in providing psychodynamic therapy to adults. Psychodynamic approaches are well-supported in the psychological literature as being an effective treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns and have also been found to contribute to continued improvements for clients after ending therapy.

It is my goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for clients to begin talking about their lives with me. We will work together to invite openness, curiosity, and non-judgment into the therapy space to encourage you to say anything that comes to your mind. This task will support you in the process of gaining insight into your life and current problems.

There are many things that we will talk about together so that you can understand yourself better. It may be helpful to read a little bit about some of these things now. In therapy, we will…

  • Talk about the past, present, and future

  • Focus on relationships, family, and culture

  • Explore emotions

  • Discuss patterns that repeat in your life

  • Explore topics you would like to avoid

  • Reflect on your hopes, desires, fears, and dreams

Although I focus on providing psychodynamic therapy, I believe that flexibility and creativity are essential for delivering interventions that are tailored to the unique needs and specific goals of clients. I encourage clients to be active in their therapy process and to bring ideas, requests, and anything else from their lives into our space to express what is important to them.  

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I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and Minnesota. My doctorate in Clinical Psychology was obtained from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015 after I completed the APA-Accredited Internship Program at the American University Counseling Center in Washington, D.C. I am currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute to receive specialized training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults.

My clinical background includes providing individual and group psychotherapy, psychological testing, crisis management, outreach, and consultative services to individuals from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

I have worked in variety of mental health settings, which include university counseling settings with traditional and non-traditional students, primary care clinics with refugee populations, community mental health centers, a correctional facility with incarcerated women, residential programs with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and private practice.

My research interests include the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic perspectives of trauma. I am also interested in research focused on human rights, refugee/asylum seeker mental health, acculturation, and multicultural identity development. My dissertation examined and integrated literature in connection to psychoanalytic theory, the Holocaust, and refugee mental heath to describe how trauma can be transmitted within families and communities on an unconscious level. This academic background supported me when I worked at the Center for Victims of Torture and when teaching an Introduction to Diverse Populations course for the Clinical Psy.D. Program at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. 

I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) who is active in Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), which is a community of professionals who are committed to the research, theory, and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. When I lived in Minnesota, I held positions with the local Division 39 chapter (Society for Psychoanalytic Studies) that included serving on the Board (Vice President) and the Program Committee. I was selected as a Division 39 Scholars Recipient in 2017 and I am a current member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society.


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The fee that is negotiated for services will be collected at each appointment unless another fee arrangement has been made together. Cash, check, and credit cards are all accepted forms of payment.


I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Preferred Provider Option and Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice plans. I will collect the co-pay/co-insurance fee at the time of each appointment and will also submit your insurance claims for you.

If you would like to use your out-of-network insurance plan, I can assist you to submit the claims or provide you with a receipt for services (“superbill”) that you can use to file the claims to your insurance company. The receipt that you would receive from me would include information such as your name, date of birth, address, date(s) of service, diagnostic information, and the fees paid for services. Many insurance companies will reimburse you for a percentage of the services that receive from an out-of-network provider. You can call your insurance company to find out more information and verify your mental health benefits.

PHONE: (773) 987-6763 | EMAIL:



(773) 987-6763



111 N. Wabash Ave. Suite 822 Chicago, IL 60602


You can use this form to contact me or choose to email me directly at to discuss your interest in therapy.

Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions related to services, scheduling, or payment. I am in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO Plans and you can indicate if you would like to use your insurance in the message box so that we can further discuss your coverage.

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