About Us

Jim Cosenza
Jim Cosenza is a skilled psychotherapist with extensive training in a range of mental health issues. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. He has experience working in community mental health centers and substance abuse treatment programs. He has a history of working for social justice, volunteering in food pantry and home delivered meal programs, a domestic violence hotline, environmental causes, and local community organizations.

Jim received a Masters in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago where the emphasis is on social justice and personal resilience.

Jim’s clinical areas of interest are anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, stress management, coping skills, mindfulness, chronic and persistent mental illnesses, substance use and recovery, compulsive behaviors such as sexual addiction and gambling, life transition issues, job change and loss, grief and loss, shame, anger, family of origin issues, relationships with family and peers, identity development, coming out, transgender issues, bisexuality, gay and lesbian issues, married and formerly married gay men, non-traditional relationships, health and body issues, self-esteem, sexual health, living with chronic illness, HIV, and serodiscordant relationship issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers, (NASW)
  • Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc., (IAODAPCA)
  • WPATH, The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc.
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Northern Illinois Chapter
  • The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Greater Chicago Chapter
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Social Welfare Action Alliance
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Laura Grimes
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my Bachelor of Science in psychology from Illinois State University and then went on to obtain my Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, where I now am a Clinical Instructor within the MSW program. I work with individuals, couples, and families (whether by blood or chosen). I don’t subscribe to one particular theory or way that therapy should “work”. I don’t believe that any one theory can explain anything and everything about an individual’s experience, any more than I believe there is one “right way” to live our lives. I’m eclectic in my approach and believe in a strengths perspective. Focusing on how you have done things well, what you are proud of, and how you have made it thus far in your life is as important, if not more so, then what you feel may be wrong at this point. I strive to help people feel better, more connected, and more in tune with themselves and those around them.

I have over 15 years of experience in community mental health, working with individuals who were diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

I am trained a sex therapist by Dr. Domeena Renshaw and I provide sex therapy around a wide range of issues including but not limited to: sexual intimacy problems, low sex drive, or differing sex drives in relationships, BDSM/kink, polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships, sexual issues related to chronic illnesses such as cancer, stroke, HIV/AIDS & depression. For many years I ran cancer support groups through LCCP & Gilda’s Club of Chicago.

As a consultant and trainer, I am passionate about educating medical providers to be culturally competent, specifically as it relates to gender & sexuality issues, so that no person feels like they have to educate their health care provider themselves in order to receive competent services.

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Heather Holzhauser
I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2006. Before being in private practice, I worked in community mental health with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and am able to provide assistance around navigating complex systems such as Medicaid/Medicare benefits, other insurance issues, legal documentation, home healthcare and other medical/mental health issues. I specialize in working with adults, specifically in the areas of life transitions and aging, chronic illnesses, couples and individuals struggling with infertility issues and families impacted by children with special needs, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders. I have experience in the areas of military social work and working with military families.
Emotional Support
Tahoe is a five-year-old standard poodle. He was adopted from a shelter in Wisconsin when he was only a few months old. He's been trained to be an Emotional Support Animal and a therapy dog. Because he is a poodle, he does not bother people with any allergy issues. He does, however, offer great affection when you want it and is calming and gentle in anxious situations.