Paul Wiemerslage, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Paul

Philosophy

Psychotherapy is about trust and human connection. I believe that psychotherapy is not only a process in which barriers to personal growth and change are identified and challenged, but it is also a space for expressing yourself to another person without fear of judgment.

Training and Experience

I have been very fortunate during my career to have worked with several organizations doing excellent work with marginalized and stigmatized populations.  I provided case management and groups at a residential facility for HIV positive persons who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  At an LGBTQ community health center, I worked as a psychotherapist with individuals, as well as co-facilitated a therapeutic group for gay men in recovery.  I worked with one of Chicago’s largest HIV services organizations providing case management, group and individual psychotherapy. 

Each of these organizations taught me a great deal about working not only with diverse individuals, but also how to see possibilities for change and growth in a larger context through multiple systems.  These positions gave me the opportunity to work closely with LGBTQ clients, and deepened my skills in approaching the unique challenges faced by these populations.  These experiences also gave me the opportunity to gain skills working in areas of particular interest to myself, including open relationship structures, alternative sexual lifestyles, and non-traditional family compositions.  I recognize that some clients may be cautious when starting therapy for a multitude of reasons; therefore I strive to create an understanding, non-judgmental, and safe space.

Range of Focus

  • Affirmative practice with LGBTQ individuals and couples
  • Affirmative practice with women
  • Alternative sexual lifestyles
  • Polyamorous relationships
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Relationship issues
  • Couples
  • Married and formerly married gay/bisexual men
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • HIV
  • Behavioral issues
  • Self esteem, confidence and identity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and fears
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Life transitions

 

Psychotherapy

I believe that within our lives, there are core issues that we all experience, and we experience them in our own unique way.  For this reason, I have always found it important to approach psychotherapy by meeting my clients “where they are.”  I view each of my clients through the lens of their life, personality and experience; we work to build a trusting relationship so that together we can accomplish their goals.  I believe connection is an extremely important component of the psychotherapeutic relationship.  Sometimes when we are experiencing stress, depression or anxiety, making a solid, affirming connection with another person can be one of the most powerful catalysts for change.  Gaining a new perspective on our challenges by looking at them through a different lens can open up new paths to growth and improvement.

Degrees and Certifications

MSW- Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago- 2008

BA in Theatre, minor in writing- Eastern Illinois University- 1994

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2012

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation License Number 149.015124

Contact Information

Belmont

1300 W. Belmont, Suite 400

Chicago IL 60657

Downtown

30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1217

Chicago, IL 60602

(773)880-1310 x7617

pwiemerslage@liveoakchicago.com

Availability

Tuesday – Saturday

Please call for available times