RENA McDANIEL, MEd, LCPC, CST
You want to feel calm, confident, and powerful in your own, unique skin in a world that doesn't always celebrate your various, intersecting identities. You want to do more than just survive and you need ideas and tools to help you get there. You want to feel free and happy without feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself. You want to feel like you have space to breathe. As a Gender and Certified Sex Therapist, I work with folks like you feeling anxious and lost about a transition you're experiencing in sex, gender, sexual identity, or relationships.
I can help you uncover more of who you are so you feel confident in your own skin, providing you with the support you need to go from feeling broken and alone to whole and part of a community.
My specializations include sex therapy, gender questioning, transgender, LGBTQ population, trauma, sexual pain, PTSD, and kink/poly affirming care. My clinical style is warm and collaborative, helping you locate and build upon the strengths you already have in your life in order to create change while challenging behaviors and thoughts that aren't working.
I received my Masters in Counseling from DePaul University and completed my clinical internship with Heartland Alliance International-FACES, working primarily with Iraqi, Burmese, and Nepali refugees and torture survivors.
My interest in professionally studying sex and sexuality happened very organically. Through my work with the LGBTQ population, as well as my personal experiences, I knew both how deeply painful concerns about sex and sexuality can be, as well as how powerful and affirming healthy sexuality and pleasure in our own bodies can feel. I was hungry for more information and training, so I completed the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education and learned that I could happily read boring research studies about sex and sexuality for hours. I went on to become a Certified Sexologist through the American College of Sexologists and kept hungrily devouring more and more information to build my knowledge and expertise about LGBTQ population, sex and sexuality, and trauma.
CASEY TANNER, MA, LPC
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
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 specialized 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 opinions and the best of Indian reportage, where she discusses the impact of marginalization and oppression on individual mental health. Her previous written work can also be found on Huffpost.