About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor based in Chicago, IL. My experience comes from providing direct mental health and behavioral counseling for adults with a variety of presenting issues including substance use, trauma, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), shame, guilt, anger, grief & loss, and relationship issues.

I approach the therapeutic relationship with an acute sensitivity and respect for multi/cross-cultural factors. I use a strengths-based and collaborative treatment approach with each of my clients. I believe in leveraging a client’s self-knowledge and will always meet clients where they are emotionally, cognitively, and physically. I promote living life in accordance with one’s system of values and goals in my practice. Working with clients to be able to walk through discomfort toward the ability to be present, to pause, and to take committed action….to do what matters.

My experience is varied and across settings, as I have provided individual and group therapy in community mental health agencies, hospitals, and day treatment programs. I believe that we are all products of our closest relationships, our environment, our family systems, and every moment that leads to the present us. I strive to treat the therapeutic relationship, and you, with compassion, respect, and warmth.

My therapy style and approach draws influence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Logotherapy and Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF). A top priority for me is to meet you where you are and calibrate treatment and my approach to what will work best for us as we work together to meet your goals. Whether you are working towards enlightenment and insight or symptom-relief and improved function, my hope is that we can collaboratively work together to achieve it!

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IL LCSW 149.024246


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Chris Beerman. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Dec 27, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

He’s a good therapist.

Written on Dec 19, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I appreciate Chris Beerman's services. I just wish BetterHelp was more affordable for me, so I can continue talking to this phenomenal therapist.

Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

He’s awesome

Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

I am so beyond grateful that I was matched with Chris. He is such an amazing therapist. He listens and is really really supportive. I had gone through some really rough times, and he was there for me every step of the way. He went above and beyond to make sure that I was safe and that I was headed in the right direction. While I'm no where close to being done with therapy, we continue to work together and come up with plans to help aid me in my future. He truly is a blessing. Anyone would be lucky to be matched with him. So, thank you Chris, for being so incredibly helpful. It is something that I will never ever forget.

Written on Oct 13, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder

Chris is very nice and respectful. I really like how encouraging he is especially when I’m doubting myself and I know he listens cause sometimes he will bring up things I’ve said months before that I’ve forgotten and relate it to the current topic. But sometimes I don’t like how good he is because it opens up things and I am taken by surprise and I cry; he’s very reassuring that I don’t have to talk about it if I don’t want to especially cause I throw tantrums after.

Written on Sep 06, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Chris has been great to work with over the last several months. He helped me to get a better handle on some of my drinking, to define my goals more precisely and to work on a course of action from getting me where I was to where I wanted to be. Anybody struggling with feelings of being rudderless, working through periods of difficulty or sadness or even getting a handle on their alcohol consumption would be well suited working with Chris.

Written on Aug 31, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Chris has been fantastic! I couldn’t be happier to have been matched with a therapist that I can really connect with at a difficult time in my life. Looking forward to continuing my therapy sessions with Chris.

Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 5 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Chris is spectacular! I would highly recommend

Written on Aug 05, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Chris has been great so far. He’s a great listener and he’s been a big help in the last 3 weeks I’ve had him

Written on Jul 21, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Chris genuinely listens to me and tries to find the core of my issues

Written on Jul 04, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Extremely patient and understanding. Thank you Chris

Written on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Chris Beerman is a really understanding and patient therapist. He always takes the time to figure out the root of your issues and give you the proper tools to work through them. He also replies extremely quickly and has flexible time slots. I highly recommend him!

Written on Jun 21, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

We have had a few sessions and he is a much better fit than previous therapists.

Written on Jun 18, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Chris is very professional, kind and understanding. He gives very insightful feedback and is able to arrive at the root cause of any issue - a skill I am hoping to learn from him. We often laugh together and I always feel lighter after my sessions with him, having gained a much better understanding of my own emotions and patterns.

Written on Jun 12, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I was struggling a great deal at my first appointment with Chris. Chris listened to my long story. He is able to get to the root of every problem I am having in a very respectful and kind manner. I feel much better since that first appointment with Chris. His guidance helps me understand more about myself and I am learning how to improve relationships with the people I love.

Written on Jun 07, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and eating disorders

After a long time of going without help; I settled down with BetterHelp and Chris, I finally feel able to talk about my mental health in a safe, comfortable environment which Chris provides.

Written on Jun 06, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Thank you for caring and remembering things we talked about. It means you care and makes me trust you more

Written on Jun 05, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, eating disorders, and addictions

Working with Chris has been both easy & impactful! He is caring, sensitive, compassionate, insightful and committed to helping you. I appreciate and have greatly benefited from his strengths-based approach - He has empowered me in my mental health journey in ways that other therapy / therapists haven’t before. Would highly recommend!

Written on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

He is a calming presence and a great listener

Written on Apr 14, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and coaching

Chris makes my day every time I talk to him, he is very polite. Very caring and understanding, I don’t think I have ever spoke to a counselor that has ever treated me like he has. He takes the time to message me back and check up on me. I feel like he feels what I am going through and that helps me talk to him. He’s very easy to speak to. I appreciate him very much!

Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Chris for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Chris has mostly listened and that is what I have needed. I like how he has obviously been ready my journal entries that I share and I don't do that on purpose but actually find it helpful for him to have access to what my mind is filled with. He's helped find other resources and given me strength to hold my ground in ways I never have before.

Work with me!