Founded by Rena McDaniel, the Collective provides intentional and mindfully designed offices for rent, as well as a network of passionate, growth-oriented, and values-driven peers.
intentionally inclusive & beautiful spaces
cultivating community & chosen families
supporting the work of local queer, POC, and women-run businesses, makers, and artists
in collaboration, not competition
emotional intelligence is at the cornerstone of a successful business
gender, sexual orientation, and relational structures are fluid and flexible
Black Lives Matter
pleasure is resistance & the erotic is power
We ARE Committed to
audaciously doing our part to create the world we want to live in
constructing spaces and services that allow marginalized communities to thrive
doing the work to keep our feminism intersectional
dismantling the patriarchy
creativity, innovation, & growth
The intentionally designed space includes:
ADA accessible entrance
three treatment rooms (one especially for body work)
water and tea station
comfortable waiting area (with fluffy rugs!)
so many plants
Step 1: Fill out the application.
Step 2: If you are a good fit, someone from The Collective will contact you to set up a time to meet.
Step 3: We decide together if the Collective is a good fit for both of us.
Casey Tanner, MA, LPC
Practical Audacity Staff Therapist
You want a sense of security that sustains through the ebb and flow of your circumstances and relationships. You want inspiration to pursue what matters to you, and less anxiety about what doesn’t. You want to stop apologizing for what makes you you, and to speak aloud the fears, fantasies and experiences that have previously been silenced. You want to revel in yourself, maybe for the very first time. I work with folks like you who feel disconnected and overwhelmed - folks who recognize that healing doesn’t have to happen alone.
Casey is a queer-identified, sex-positive, intersectional therapist committed to providing support and authenticity as you bravely navigate being human. She combines evidence-based guidance with tenderness and levity to create a space in which you feel seen and understood.
Casey specializes in working with individuals and couples in the LGBTQ and poly/kink communities on concerns related to sex, gender, transition, relationships, anxiety, depression and disordered eating. She often works with folks with histories of physical, sexual, relational and/or spiritual trauma.
Casey attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for her Masters in Counseling, interned at Center on Halsted, and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Live Oak.
Ruchita Chandrashekar, MA
Practical Audacity Staff Therapist
Ruchita graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with her Masters in Counseling Psychology - Latino Mental Health. She is originally from Mumbai, India. She gained specialised training in working with the LGBTQIA community during her clinical internship at Center on Halsted. She has also worked with communities of sex workers and their children, in Mumbai. An intersectional feminist by nature, her specific interests lie in striving to combat gender violence and encouraging dialogue that embraces the fluidity of gender, destigmatizing mental health, trauma informed therapy, and cross-cultural issues in South Asian Communities.
Ruchita believes in a collaborative approach to treatment. She is multi-lingual and can communicate in English, Hindi, Tamil and Marathi. Her model to providing services includes the integration, discussion and acknowledgement of the impact of systemic oppression on community mental health. With queer affirming principles at the core of her practice, she often works with folks who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional and intergenerational trauma.
Ruchita is a regular columnist at The Wire, an independent publication carrying authoritative opinion and the best of Indian reportage, where she discusses the impact of marginalisation and oppression on individual mental health. Her previous written work can also be found on Huffpost.
Intuit Massage & Healing
Intuit Massage and Healing began in the summer of 2016. With wide eyes, big hearts, and talented hands, Cameron Johnston opened Intuit to treat clients with a deeply empathetic approach rooted in a rich physiological understanding. Intuit M&H focuses on supporting each client and their individual needs. At the core of our practice is a fundamental belief is that you know your body best, but we help you look deeper and feel deeper. We search to treat symptoms at the cause. We catalyze healing through intense work rooted in a deep knowledge of the anatomical body. We reach into our knowledge of kinesiology to discover what the body needs to realize repair, with an understanding that physical trauma comes in all body shapes and body sizes. We're also here for you during those times you may just need a deep exhale and a place to put everything on pause. We are here. We are dependable, and we hold you truly at heart. Happy healing.
Certified Reiki Master
Sage developed a serious interest in energy work after discovering its amazing healing powers in their own life ten years ago. Wanting to encourage others to reap the benefits of energy work, Sage realized they could combine their interest in energies with their natural intuitive abilities to help others on their respective paths.
After years of study, Sage became a Certified Reiki Master in 2014. Sage is passionate about helping others through the practice of Reiki and energy healing.
Sage utilizes a unique combination of their natural abilities, energy healing, and Reiki therapy to assist clients to become mentally, physically, and spiritually balanced.
Sage is adept at getting to the root of any issues you might be experiencing. Then with Reiki and energy healing; clears what is no longer needed, and gives energy that is of service to your well-being and success.
Certified Reiki Master
Through self-healing and consistent self-transformation, Secquoyah came across Reiki while practicing energy work and energy manipulation on his own. He quickly developed an interest in becoming attuned and training to share this universal cosmic energy with others through a healing practice. Three years later, Sequoyah is a Certified Reiki Master and is thrilled to be offering his services throughout Chicago.
Contact for an Appointment: email@example.com
Brittany Brda, LMT
Brittany graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, where she received a degree in massage therapy and asian bodywork. Brittany has studied many different modalities of Eastern and Western massage which allows her treatments to be uniquely blended as well as individualized to fit a client’s needs. Brittany practices Swedish/Circulatory massage, Deep Tissue/Clinical, Thai, Shiatsu and Tui Na. Brittany is an intuitive massage therapist who is passionate about helping others along their path of healing. Her goal is to help others find balance of their body, mind and spirit.