Rachel Mintz



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The decision to start therapy often occurs as a result of emotional suffering that we can’t seem to shake, as well as a desire to change. For some, this decision can be scary, hopeful, exciting, or vulnerable– maybe all at the same time. Knowing this, I seek to create a warm, radically accepting, non-judgmental space in which we can combine our knowledge–yours of yourself and your experience, and mine of mental health–to reach your goals.

My therapeutic approach is holistic, relational, and informed by feminist and queer theory. I understand that every facet of our lives, from our physical health to sociopolitical events, impacts who and how we are in the world. I take into account the impact of systemic forces, such as oppression, both on your life and on our therapeutic relationship. Having a strong, trusting relationship with each other is one of the most important factors in therapeutic success, so you will often hear me asking for feedback and encouraging conversations on how we are both showing up in this work together.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Colorado College, with minors in Feminist & Gender Studies and Spanish Language. During this time, I conducted research both on intimate partner violence connected to the military and abortion rhetoric in Quito, Ecuador, as well as worked with teens and adults experiencing homelessness. I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. During my graduate training I completed my clinical internship at a rape crisis center, working with survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones, and continued this work after graduation. At Wildflower, my work focuses on those who have concerns around relationships, fertility, or motherhood, those who have experienced trauma, and those with mood disorders. I draw upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to create the treatment plan that fits your unique goals. I’m certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International.

I am also proficient in Spanish and am happy to provide services in “Spanglish.”

  • IL LCSW License Number: 149024175
  • Type 1 NPI Number: 1568113850
  • Accepts: BCBS PPO and BlueChoice plans, UnitedHealthcare/Optum PPO, self-pay and out of network clients

Selected Training & Affiliation

  • 60-Hour Rape Crisis Counselor Training
  • Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Certified in Psychological First Aid
  • Gottman Training Level 1 for Couples Therapy
  • Highly-Sensitive Person (HSP) Knowledgeable Therapist
  • Perinatal Mental Health-Certified (PMH-C)
  • Member of Postpartum Support International

Key Beliefs

  • You are the expert of yourself.
  • We are all complex beings with the capacity for change.
  • Everyone is worthy of love, safety, and compassion.
  • Life takes a village.

More About Me

  • I am a white, cis-gender woman from the Chicagoland area.
  • I adore being silly with my loved ones, getting outside, learning new things, tending to my plants, and playing guitar.