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About Latinx Talk Therapy in Chicago

Helping Our Community Feel Certain, Calm, and Confident

Latinx Talk Therapy was established with the core purpose of helping members of the Latinx community live happy, meaningful lives. Our cognitive behavioral therapy clinic in Chicago is made up of experienced Latinx therapists, social workers, and professional counselors. We understand the Latinx community because we’re all part of it as well!

As experienced therapists, we’re well aware of how impactful negative emotions and difficult experiences can be on our lives. This is why we have taken it upon ourselves to provide Latinx therapy services that are culturally aware and will directly benefit our clients. With our help, you’ll be well on your way toward a happy life full of satisfaction and positivity.

Reach out to Chicago’s top Latinx therapy clinic by calling (312) 620-7551 hoy!

Latinx Talk Therapy Team

Our Purpose and Approach

  • Clinical Excellence 
  • Celebration of Latinx culture
  • Help destigmatize Latinx mental health
  • Bridge the gap in mental health services
  • Providing culturally sensitive therapy

At Latinx Talk Therapy, we are inspired by those who seek help in order to enrich and empower themselves. We are fully devoted to helping our clients become their very best selves and live healthy lives. 

Navigating through your thoughts and feelings can be difficult, if not outright overwhelming, but you can rest assured knowing we’re here for you. As Chicago Latinx therapists, you can always come to us for help and guidance. 

As time goes on and as you make progress with your mental and emotional well-being, you’ll be able to experience a world full of positivity and optimism. Through our Latinx therapy services, we’re able to advocate for making a difference in our community.

By choosing us as your cognitive behavioral therapy clinic in Chicago, we will help you cultivate relationships where trust, confidence, and positivity are present. Together, we’ll work towards better mental and emotional health!

About Our Latinx Talk Therapy Team

Ernestina Perez, LCPC

Ernestina Perez, LCPC

Founder of Latinx Talk Therapy

Hello, my name is Ernestina Perez, and I am a licensed clinical therapist in Chicago, Illinois. I founded Latinx Talk Therapy with the intention of providing mental health services to the Latinx community in a space that is culturally competent, bilingual, and non-stigmatizing.

I love and am proud of our Latinx community. My experience immigrating to the United States, being undocumented, learning English as a second language, having a multiple-status family, and overcoming socioeconomic barriers in order to be successful in the United States gave me a personal insight into the needs of our community.  

My hope is for Latinx Talk Therapy to be a space that guides members of the Latinx community to thrive and become empowered with the help of therapy. I believe that the key to any personal transformation lies in improving the strength, courage, and willpower of the mind. When you empower your mind, you increase your ability to take on challenges. 

Our Latinx Talk Therapy clinical team is passionate and driven to guide and provide you with tools to help you get through your psychological struggles together. Our goal is to help you meet your goals and live a more fulfilling and intentional life.

Christian Gomez, LPC

Christian Gomez, LPC

bilingual psychotherapist

Jazline Villar, LCSW

Jazline Villar, LCSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Marilyn Rodriguez, LSW

Marilyn Rodriguez, LSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Crystal Manjarrez, LPC

Crystal Manjarrez, LPC

bilingual psychotherapist

Ramona Hickey, LPC

Ramona Hickey, LPC

bilingual psychotherapist

Cynthia Zepeda, LCSW

Cynthia Zepeda, LCSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Lilliam Luna, LCSW

Lilliam Luna, LCSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Oli Soto, LCSW

Oli Soto, LCSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Astrid Josefina Gomez, LSW

Astrid Josefina Gomez, LSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Marina Hernandez, MA

Marina Hernandez, MA

bilingual intern therapist-in-training

Dolly Tovar, MSW

Dolly Tovar, MSW

Bilingual Psychotherapist Intern

Mariana Gonzalez, MA

Mariana Gonzalez, MA

bilingual art psychotherapy intern

Maritza Aceves, LSW

Maritza Aceves, LSW

bilingual psychotherapist

Nuestra Misión

Our mission is to empower Chicago’s Latinx to overcome mental and emotional obstacles so our community can thrive and succeed in the world.

Nuestra Visión

We envision ourselves as a source for Chicago’s Latinx community to stop stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma in its tracks. We aim to decrease the rate of worry and dissatisfaction that our community faces. 

As your Chicago talk therapy clinic, we are ready to help you achieve your mental and emotional goals. Give us a call at (312) 620-7551 hoy!

Our History

Latinx Talk Therapy began practicing as a clinic in downtown Chicago during the Spring of 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world. As Latinx therapists, we came together to provide mental health services in Spanish and English to individuals who were feeling alone, scared, alienated, grieved, and needed a space for emotional support.

How Therapy Helps Chicago’s Latinx Community

As Chicago’s second-largest racial group—with a population of 820,000 individuals as of 2020—the local Latinx community is quickly growing at a rate of 5% per year. The vast majority of our clients are first-generation and subsequent generations of Latinx, either born in the U.S. or outside of the country. 

Most Latinx families live in multigenerational households where parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins may all live under the same roof, and some may only speak Spanish. There can be language barriers between family members, which can make navigating through our English-dominated culture difficult. 

Perhaps you’re the first person in your family to seek therapy, and maybe this thought makes you feel uncomfortable or uncertain. Just remember that you’re not alone. We’re here for you, and we understand exactly what you’re going through. 

Therapy is not about gossiping or talking negatively about others. It is about overcoming mental conflicts and blocks so you can communicate better, create better self-understanding, and pursue your mental health goals.

A Celebration of Our Identity and Culture

Culturally & Linguistically Competent Mental Health Care in Chicago

Chicago’s Latinx community is diverse, being made up of people from various nations and regions, including Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Central America, and South America. In addition to this diversity, the Latinx community also shares a handful of cultural factors that can make the search for mental health care somewhat difficult or, at the very least, confusing. 

Certain barriers the Latinx community faces when it comes to mental health care include:

  • Language barriers
  • Cultural differences
  • Stigma
  • Legal status

If any of the above-mentioned examples ring true for your particular circumstances, then Latinx Talk Therapy is here to help. Our staff of mental health providers is made up of Latinx/Hispanic individuals who understand the cultural difficulties our clients face. We also all speak Spanish, so we can easily communicate with you in the language you’re most comfortable speaking. 

At Latinx Talk Therapy, we celebrate our Latinx/Hispanic identity. We work diligently to offer our clients the mental health services they deserve while basing all we do on a shared foundation of cultural identity and evidence-based practices

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Latinx cognitive behavioral therapists in Chicago, simply give us a call at (312) 620-7551 (Ext. 1).

What to Expect from Your Session (Virtual or In-Person)

The Client Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Client Journey:
A Step-by-Step Guide

  • To begin, you can simply fill out the form from the Reserva Ahora button on our website.
  • You can also call and speak with our Client Care Coordinator. The Client Care Coordinator assists future clients by:

    • Matching them with a therapist based on needs
    • Verifying insurance eligibility and benefits
    • Providing cost information
    • Sending intake paperwork via client portal (this includes client consent forms, HIPPA, practice documents, etc.)
    • Booking appointments with the therapist virtually or in person. 
  • You will receive an appointment text reminder 24 hours before the appointment. 

Virtual Appointments

For virtual appointments, you will simply click on the link we’ve emailed to you before the appointment. You can do this via the client portal app on your phone or desktop.

In-Person Appointments

For in-person sessions, you will check in at the front desk at Millenium Park Plaza. This is the name of the building where Latinx Talk Therapy is located. Once you check in, you will be given access to the elevator. Take the elevator to the 5th floor. Latinx Talk Therapy is located in Suite 500C. Once you arrive, simply wait for their therapist in the lobby. There is no receptionist, so you don’t need to check in again.

Your First and Subsequent Therapy Sessions

During your first session, your Latinx talk therapist will:

  • Introduce themselves
  • Gather your mental health history
  • Ask about your goals
    • You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

In subsequent sessions, we will identify a treatment plan and tools how to help you achieve your mental health goals. Overall, the therapy process provides our clients the space to get clarity, provide guidance, get support, and solve problems. 

If you have any questions about your first therapy session or what to expect, give us a call at (312) 620-7551!

Our Chicago Talk Therapists Are Here to Help

If you’re ready to take the journey toward bettering yourself, then we’re here to help. We want to enhance your experience with our Latinx therapy services. Contact us today by calling (312) 620-7551 (Ext. 1) to schedule an appointment with our Client Care Coordinator and discuss potential paths for mental wellness.

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