Laura Grimes, LCSW
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.
Languages Spoken: English