Body Wisdom Counseling

Somatic Therapy for LGBTQ Adults in Chicago and Illinois


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Cher Hamilton-Tekautz, LCSW

Cher Hamilton-Tekautz, LCSW

Somatic Therapist


Helping LGBTQ Adults Quiet their Inner Critic through Somatic Therapy


You’ve done talk therapy, but feel like you haven’t made much progress

You are tired of cycling between anxiety, panic, and depression
You want more control over your emotions and reactions
You are exhausted from the critical voice in your head
You want to stop being a people pleaser so you can prioritize your own needs
You want to let go of the perfectionism that makes you feel like shit

If these sound true for you, I want you to know that even though you are struggling, nothing is wrong with you. What you are experiencing is not your fault and I will help you get to the root causes so you can love and accept yourself regardless of what your family, church, or society has told you. Even if you don’t believe you deserve care, you do, and I will help you see that.

Somatic therapy can help you understand your emotional triggers and find healthy ways to deal with your emotions


Imagine a life where you could…

Accept all parts of yourself, especially the ones that frustrate you and/or seem unforgivable
Speak honestly about your feelings and needs in relationships
Feel less guilt and have more energy for personal happiness
Experience peace of mind even when life is stressful
Learn to say no even when it’s going to upset someone

I’ve helped people learn how to be with their intense emotions and better manage their inner critic through understanding their critic as a protector of the intense pain of the inner child. With a new understanding of their upbringing and child parts, and learning how to parent and soothe the child within, comes increased self-compassion and understanding.

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Receive validation and understanding for what you’re going through…

Treatment Specializations

Trauma Therapy

You experience intense emotions that catch you by surprise and you have trouble returning to a place that feels more calm and collected. These intense emotions can occur during conflicts with others, when you feel like you're failing at work or in your relationship, or when someone criticizes you or gives you negative feedback, to name a few.

Anxiety Therapy in Chicago, IL


You are finding it hard to cope with everything going on in your life. You feel stuck repeating the same painful patterns, you’re not happy with yourself, and sometimes you experience dread, fear, rapid breathing, and a pounding heart. Stuck in negativity and feeling worried all the time, you may feel like your life is controlled by anxiety.

LGBTQ+ Therapy

You identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, trans non-binary, queer, pansexual, qenderqueer, or any of the alphabet soup. Whether you are in the early stages of coming out, have been out for awhile, are just beginning to explore your gender or sexual identity, or you just want to work with a queer identified therapist, you are in the right place.

Learn to develop self-compassion and self-acceptance with the right tools…

“When someone says to us, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests,
'Darling I care about your suffering,' a deep healing begins.”
– Tara Brach

Contact me today for your free consultation.


Cher Hamilton-Tekautz, LCSW

Psychotherapy For Individuals


5215 N Ravenswood Ave
Unit 213
Chicago, IL 60640

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Chicago is located on the unceded land of the Council of the Three Fires: The Odawa, Ojibwe & Potawatomi Nations. It was also a site of trade and healing for the Miami, Ho-Chunk, and Sauk.