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Chelsea Derks, LCSW

Provider Type: Therapist

Provider Gender: Female

Serving: 18-64

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Chelsea Derks, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker and received my BSW from Central Michigan University and my MSW from the University of Michigan, where I specialized in mental health and interpersonal practice. My experience has primarily been school-based, working with immigrant and refugee students and their families in Detroit and now Chicago. During my school based experience I also serviced students with disabilities and their families.

My approach to therapy is collaborative, empowering, nonjudgmental, trauma informed and goal focused. I see therapy as an avenue for people to remove roadblocks from life so they can move on from surviving to thriving. I integrate treatment modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Affirmative Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and mindfulness techniques. I specialize in treating PTSD among children and/or immigrant populations. I am also skilled with additional issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional abuse, grief, school issues, mood disorders, personality disorders, and life transitions.

My passions include trying new things (especially food), traveling, activism, and spending as much time as possible with my favorite people. I also love watching documentaries and walking my friends’ dogs. I use the pronouns she/her and am fluent in Spanish.

Treatment Areas

  • Abuse
  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Anger Management / Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Behavior Concerns
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Pain/Illness/Severe Health
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cultural Diversity Issues
  • Depression

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Meritain
  • Aetna Signature
  • Aetna State of IL plan
  • Aetna/Aetna HMO/Aetna Student Health
  • AMITA Pathways BCBS HMO
  • BCBS AcademicBlue Student Health Plan
  • BCBSPPO/BlueChoiceOpt/ProfBlue/BlueChoicePreferred
  • Beacon Wellbeing EAP / Wellpoint Behavioral
  • Beacon/Emblem/NYEmpire/UniCareState/ProvidencePlan
  • Cigna Evernorth EAP
  • Cigna Evernoth/Greatwest Health/Cigna Connect
  • Compsych EAP
  • ComPsych Managed Care
  • Consociate Health
  • CuraLinc EAP
  • Duly (DuPage Medical Group) BCBS HMO
  • Health Alliance Commercial/ StateIL
  • HealthLink/Unicare/Concerta/Wellpoint
  • HFN/ZELIS/Stratose/Plan Care/CoalitionAmerica
  • HUMANA / Choice Care
  • Humana EAP
  • Live360/MedAssocHealth/PrefHealthChoices
  • Magellan
  • Magellan EAP
  • Multiplan-PHCS
  • New Avenues EAP
  • Northwestern BCBS HMO
  • Optum (United/UBH/Oxford/UHC)
  • Optum All Savers
  • Optum EAP
  • Optum Golden Rule
  • Optum Oxford Health
  • Optum UHC Student Insurance
  • Optum VA CNN


  • English
  • Spanish


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