Chelsea Derks, LCSW

Provider Type: Therapist

Serving: Adults 18-59

About Chelsea Derks, LCSW

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

I am a licensed clinical social worker and received my BSW from Central Michigan University and my MSW from the University of Michigan, where I specialized in mental health and interpersonal practice. My experience has primarily been school-based, working with immigrant and refugee students and their families in Detroit and now Chicago. During my school based experience I also serviced students with disabilities and their families.

My approach to therapy is collaborative, empowering, nonjudgmental, trauma informed and goal focused. I see therapy as an avenue for people to remove roadblocks from life so they can move on from surviving to thriving. I integrate treatment modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Affirmative Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and mindfulness techniques. I specialize in treating PTSD among children and/or immigrant populations. I am also skilled with additional issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional abuse, grief, school issues, mood disorders, personality disorders, and life transitions.

My passions include trying new things (especially food), traveling, activism, and spending as much time as possible with my favorite people. I also love watching documentaries and walking my friends' dogs. I use the pronouns she/her and am fluent in Spanish.

Communities Served:
Biracial / Multiracial
Body Positivity
Racial Justice
Third Culture Kids

Areas of Treatment

  • ADHD Executive Functioning Testing
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar
  • CBT
  • Chronic Pain/Illness
  • Coping with Pandemic / COVID
  • Crisis / Trauma
  • Cross-Cultural
  • DBT
  • Depression / Sadness
  • Grief/Loss/End of Life
  • Learning Disabilities
  • LGBTQI+ Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Racial Trauma/Cultural Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Injury/Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders/Issues
  • Stress/Worry
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Women's Issues/Infertility
  • Locations

    Chicago – Lincoln Park North – Coming Soon


    • Aetna PPO / HMO
    • American Behavioral
    • BCBS PPO
    • Beacon Health Options
    • Cigna
    • ComPsych
    • HealthLink
    • HFN
    • Humana
    • Magellan
    • MHN-Healthnet
    • MHNET (Aetna)
    • Multiplan-PHCS
    • Optum
    • United Healthcare / UBH