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Therapists in the East North Central States

The following is a list of trans-supporting therapists in the East North Central states. For American therapists outside of the East North Central states, see Therapists in the United States. For therapists outside of the United States, see our Therapists page.

Disclaimer: Listings are for information purposes only and do not constitute recommendations by T-Vox. All websites listed here are outside of our control; T-Vox is not responsible for their content.


Central Illinois/Bloomington-Normal
Trey Polesky, MSW, LSW
2416 E. Washington St. Suite A2
Bloomington, IL 61704
(773) 819-5428
Trey Polesky is a Master’s level Licensed Social Worker and transman in private practice specializing in trans and LGBQ issues. He has worked with numerous transgender individuals, partners, and family members throughout the transitioning process. Offers online therapy through Skype for those who live out of the area. Facilitates a support group every other week for FTM’s and those questioning their gender identity in Bloomington, IL. Some insurance accepted and reduced rates are available based on income.


Jim Cosenza, LCSW, CADC
4753 N Broadway, Suite 608
Chicago, IL 60640
Jim Cosenza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Chicago’s Uptown neighbourhood. Providing services for Transgender clients seeking medical/surgical gender treatments, and supportive counseling for spouses, partners, and family of Trans persons. Additional Specialities: Substance use • Mood disorders • Anxiety disorders • Health and wellness • Grief and loss • Relationships • LGBTQ Identity • Poly, leather, kink, and blended families.

Michelle Emerick, Psy.D
Youth Program Specialist / Staff Psychotherapist
Howard Brown Health Clinic
4025 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613
1773 388 1600
Speciality: Clinical Psychology, Youth, Transgender individuals

Laura Grimes, LCSW
1773 659 9207
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, trained a sex therapist, specializing in gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as couples issues. Also has specialty in grief issues and working with people with chronic illnesses. Co-facilitates the Genderwork support group for trans-masculine people.

Beatriz Ledesma, ME.d., M.A.A.T., R.M.T., LCPC
1242 W Winnemac St
Chicago, IL 60640
1773 561 0825
Bilingual (Spanish/English)- bicultural clinical counsellor, art therapist and Reiki master teacher who specialises in gender dysphoria, pre-and postoperative counselling for transition and beyond. Her knowledge of alternative modalities of treatment, such as Reiki (hands-on healing), meditation, relaxation, and yoga makes therapy a complete approach for the person in transition.
Recommended by Ray (available at

Susan O’Dell, Ph.D., LCSW
1422 W. Thome St.
Chicago, IL 60660
1773 262 7010
Ph.D. level Licensed Clinical Social Worker active in Chicago’s LGBT community. Has worked with gender dysphoric patients since the 1980s.

Paul David Wadler, Ph.D
203 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 1805
Chicago, IL 60601
1312 372 3322 ext. 3
PD Wadler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, long-time LGBT Rights activist, and a member of LGBT community. He specialises in psychodynamic, gay/trans affirmative therapy, PWHIV/AIDS, religious issues in counseling, couples and family counseling. He works with transitioning and post-transition individuals and family members.


Randi Ettner, Ph.D.
1214 Lake St.
Evanston, IL 60201
1708 328 3433
Clinical psychologist specialising in gender dysphoria, and professionally associated with Eugene Schrang, MD in Wisconsin. Preoperative evaluations, pre- and post-operative counselling for transition and beyond.


Michael Levins, Ph.D.
19815 Governors Hwy. Suite 8
(Mail to PO Box 418)
Flossmoor, IL 60422
also at:
8760 W. 159th St.
Orland Park, IL 60462
1708 798 2490
Licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with transsexuals since the 1980s. Member of WPATH.

Highland Park

Ronald B. Baron, M.D.
2120 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
1708 432 7007 Private practice of psychiatry, Medical psychotherapy; sex therapy; psychiatric consultations.


Tara A. Kacmarcik, Psy.D.
Genesis Clinical Services
1725 S Naperville Road Suite 206
Wheaton, IL 60187


Linda Wetherbe, Ed.D.
33125 No. Highway 45
Wildwood, IL 60030-0329
1847 223 6123
Therapeutic Services – Gender issues. Works with gender related issues on an individual, group or partner basis. Located in the northeastern IL area and is easily accessible to southeastern WI Residents. By appointment only.



The Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic
Indiana University Health Centre
600 N. Jordan, Fourth Floor
Bloomington, IN
1812 855 3878
Open Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For transsexual or Transgender patients seeking sex reassignment, or simply advice, an initial assessment interview is carried out. This may be followed by real-life testing (i.e., a period of time in which the individual is encouraged to live fully in the chosen gender role, with advice and support from the clinic). After a period of time, more irreversible steps, such as hormonal treatment to produce feminising or masculinising effects, may be taken with the clinic’s help. Referral to a surgeon for sex-reassignment surgery or other surgical procedures (e.g., mastectomy, hysterectomy, breast augmentation, and/or facial plastic surgery) is done when appropriate.


Michael Dettner, MS, LMHC, CADAC-1, CCBT
1300 N Pennsylvania St Ste 200
Indianapolis IN 46202
1317 968 0409

Michele O’Mara, LCSW
660 S High School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46241
1317 517 0065

Norman Brandenstein, LMHC
Meridian Psychological Associates
4401 North Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46205
1317 767 0273 or 1317 923 2333

South Bend

Salvadore Ceniceros MD
310 N Ironwood Dr
South Bend, IN 46615
1574 287 6333
Psychiatrist. Very Trans-friendly and Trans-experienced.


Ann Arbor

Sandra S. Cole, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Health System
1734 528 0895
Comprehensive Gender Services Program.

Sandra L. Samons, ACSW, CAC
Homestead Counselling Centre
1480 Shevchenco
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
1313 663 7871
Individual and family therapist knowledgeable about gender issues. Day or evening times available. Leave message and your call will be returned.

Dennis Sugrue, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Health System
1248 888 8390
Comprehensive Gender Services Program.
Dennis P. Sugrue, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and diplomate in sex therapy. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and has a private practice in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Previously, Dr Sugrue was Associate Division Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry for the Henry Ford Health System. A recognised expert in human sexuality, Dr Sugrue is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World for his contributions to the field.

Amity Walter, LMSW, ACSW’ Ann Arbor Consultation Services
ANN ARBOR MI 48105-9520
1734 996 9111 ext 0 (between 8 and 5 during weekdays)
Fax: 1734 996 1950

Rochester Hills

Don Sidelinker, Ph.D., M.A.
272 Toucan
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Sliding fee scale, based on ability to pay
Speciality: Board Certified Sex Therapist, gender identity, transgender issues
User report: His office is in his kitchen, in his trailer park. Other reports have been made but are, as of this writing, unsubstantiated. Despite his qualifications, there is no agency to oversee the quality of his business and therefore you have no mechanism for complaint. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


Deborah R. Donison, Ph.D.
18091 Muirland
Detroit, MI 48221
1313 862 3597
Fax: 1313 862 5852
Has been working with Transgender people for over 10 years in the Detroit area.

Grand Rapids

Diversity Counselling and Therapy Centre, PLLC.
Annita List, MSW ACSW CFT, CAC
Grand Rapids, MI
Private practice specialising in diversity, both with the population they serve and the issues they present.
Practice established in 1995.


Lee Padula, Ph.D.
37677 Professional Centre Dr., Suite 110
Livonia, MI 48154
1313 953 3333
Licensed psychologist, marital and family therapist, certified sex therapist. More than ten years of experience working with CD/TG/TS/SOs and families in the gender community. Psychological evaluations for hormones and for SRS. Transition support in employment. Day and evening appointments.


Wentworth & Associates, P.C.
Bonaventure Centre
11111 HALL RD STE 303
UTICA MI 48317-5726
Dr Wentworth – specialist in LGBT issues, writes letters
Dr Frances Brown – not a specialist, but started treating a few Trans guys around 2008. Willing to write a letter, consulting Dr Wentworth.



Stephen B. Levine, M.D.
23200 Chagrin Boulevard
3 Commerce Bldg., Suite 350
Beachwood, OH 44122
1216 831 2900
2009: Members of TransFamily of Cleveland have reported negative experiences at this practice, including demeaning and humiliating statements from clinicians toward clients, implying that Transgender clients are pathological and delusional. Numerous examples are described in the TransFamilyofCleve archives on Yahoo Groups.


Kayla Springer, Ph.D.
3280 Observatory Ave
Cincinnati OH 45208
1513 381 6611


Brooke Kroto, LISW
Two (2) locations: One east side, and one west side.
Reports from members of the TransFamilyofCleve Yahoo! list indicate that Ms Kroto provides practical, supportive therapy to clients considering or undergoing gender transition. She will write letters (when appropriate) for both hormones and surgery, following the WPATH Standards of Care.

Jeffrey Mostade, PCC, NCC
Senex ElderCare, Counselling & Training
Fairhill Centre
12200 Fairhill Rd B 401
Cleveland OH 44120
1216 421 1793


Meral Crane, M.A., LPCC
Certified Sex Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist
Gender Dysphoria Program of Central Ohio
PO BOX 82008
COLUMBUS OH 43202-0008
1614 451 0111
COGDP has been active since 1979 and has many very satisfied graduates. Offers many levels of service including SRS referrals. Great help with self analysis, passing and coming out; facilitates acceptance. Individual & group meetings for the Transgender: pre- & post-op support. Optional meetings with families and/or spouses of both crossdressers & transsexuals.
Recommendation: Beck says: ‘She is wonderful. She used the Standards Of Care as guidelines but does not always make you wait a full 3 months for a letter. It depends on each individual. She offers group and individual sessions. I’ve only seen her 3 times but I cannot say enough good things about her. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!’
Issues: Has had complaints regarding her old-school approach (despite knowing more modern terminology) and controlling gate-keeper style (particularly for MTFs), critiquing passability, requiring people to lose weight before she will provide a letter because ‘women do not have guts’, and other assorted issues.

North Central Mental Health Services
1301 N HIGH ST
1614 299 6600
Mental health hotline and service provider. Can provide individual counselling and mental health services as well as referrals about gender issues.


Michelle Clossick, MSW
c/o Linda Whittington-Clark, Ph.D.
2525 W. Bancroft Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606
1419 578 2525


Antone F. Feo, Ph.D.
24500 Centre Ridge Rd., Suite 100
Westlake, OH 44145
1440 899 1300
Specialises in working with the Transgender community. Dr Feo is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual, family and couple therapy. He and his associates provide therapy to spouses. They also are a member and adhere to the guidelines of WPATH. For more information or to make an appointment, please call or write.



Nyle Biondi, M.S. LMFT
1608 219 1744
Systems therapist with a focus on Transgender and LGB issues. Accepts Medical Assistance and has a sliding-scale fee.


Lynelle Brantner Alexander, M.S.W.
Milwaukee, WI
1414 777 3936
Psychotherapist, specializing in Relationships, Sexual Identity, Gender, Self Image, and Disabilities. Sliding fee scale.

Pathways Counseling Center
2645 N Mayfair Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226
1414 774 4111
One user says: “A friend who went to them said they ‘Are the ones that demanded, in the most rude possible way, that I dress in feminine clothing for a year in public’ before being willing to prescribe.”

Dianne Frances, MFA, MS, LPC, NCC
Safe Harbour Counselling & Wellness Centre
316 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 302
Milwaukee, WI 53202
1414 278 1201
Fax: 1414 278 1202
Psychotherapist. Began working with Trans clients in 2006. Eager to learn and working to educate herself (i.e., does not expect you to spend your sessions educating her).

Milwaukee Transgender Program
Gretchen Finke, MSSW
Roger Northway, MS
Pathways Counselling Centre
2645 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 230
First Financial Building
Milwaukee, WI 53226-1304
1414 774 4111
A therapy program for M-F and F-M Transgender people. A complete program of emotional support, evaluation, psychotherapy, hormone therapy and reassignment surgeries. Follows the WPATH Standards of Care. Contact Gretchen Fincke or Roger Northway.

Transgender Identity Group
c/o Ivanoff and Ivanoff
Clark Building, Ste. 1810
633 West Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1918
Telephone: 414 271 3322
Therapy program for M-F TG/TV/CD provided by licensed psychologist. Meets the second Sunday afternoon of each month. Individual and group support services for family and friends. Individual therapy for F-Ms. Comprehensive screening, appropriate referrals. Uses WPATH Standards of Care.
NOTE from a local Trans organisation: “This group is actively hostile to us.”