Chrissy Ellis

Chrissy Ellis




Kindness, compassion, and realness were my favorite traits of my therapist. She was always kind, even if I was hearing something I didn’t want to hear. When things were rough, she was always compassionate and I really felt like she genuinely cared- no pretending to care. Chrissy also knew when it was okay to just keep it real- admit that something sucked, curse about it, or just acknowledge that something feels bad. 

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I am a co-founder of Wildflower Center for Emotional Health where I practice as a psychotherapist and oversee our business operations. Ever since I can remember, I have felt inspired and intrigued by individuals’ stories and the infinite ways that people move through the world. My personal history and my professional work continue to remind me that change and healing are possible and that we always have the opportunity for transformation. I have extensive training and interest in perinatal and reproductive mental health, trauma, sex therapy, grief and loss, and evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

I truly believe we all “do” our best with the understanding that sometimes we may need additional support from others to “be” our best. In psychotherapy, I strive to provide a safe space for my clients to move toward their best self by exploring their past, becoming more aware of their present, and understanding what changes they can make to create hope for the future. I recognize that therapy is unique to each person and can be uncomfortable, meaningful, painful, peaceful and everything in between.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and worked at a large non-profit in New York City before relocating to Chicago where I received my Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. I believe in the unmeasurable impact of connection and authenticity in the healing process. I genuinely enjoy and regularly seek ongoing training through attending conferences, reading relevant literature, and attending clinical consultation with colleagues. I am currently in the process of obtaining certification as a sex therapist. My most fulfilling professional endeavor has been co-founding Wildflower which provides the opportunity to merge my passion for clinical work and serving others with my love of entrepreneurialism.

  • IL LCSW License Number: 149014373
  • CO LCSW License Number: 09929867
  • Type 1 NPI Number: 1750638292
  • Accepts: BCBS PPO and BlueChoice plans, self-pay and out of network clients

Selected Training & Affiliation

  • Certified Perinatal Mental Health Clinician
  • Sex Therapy Certification program, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes
  • Post-graduate PPD training, Postpartum Stress Center
  • Bringing Baby Home Educator Training, Gottman Institute
  • The Institute on the Relational Treatment of Trauma training, Womencare Counseling Training Center
  • Extensive DBT and ACT trainings

Presentations & Facilitated Trainings

  • Like a Mother: Clinical Implications of Providing Psychotherapy as a New(er) Mom

Key Beliefs

  • Change is always possible.
  • People need and deserve to feel seen and heard.
  • We do the best we can …and our best can get better!

More About Me

  • I cherish my garden and all time spent outdoors.
  • I enjoy bringing people together.
  • I can’t imagine life without audiobooks.