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Emma Smith (she/her)

Hello! I’m Emma Smith (she/her). I am a psychotherapist-in-training and I am currently completing my practicum internship at Roamers Therapy under the supervision of Gwendolyn Hickey, LCSW.

I come from the world of theater, sketch comedy, and writing. I believe each of us has a unique story and background that informs how we move through the world today. I am excited to explore this story with you and help you feel empowered to tell it. As William Shakespeare once said, “What’s past is prologue.” Our history can help us explain and navigate the present, as well as plan for our future.

As a student of the modern psychodynamic method, with an emphasis in feminist and multicultural lenses, I strive to build a partnership in the therapy room. A blend of psychodynamic (looking at the past) and person-centered (looking at the here-and-now) strategies can help us navigate current issues and inform how we process through old patterns. A good balance can keep us grounded and focused on building our authentic lives and pursuing our therapy goals. I enjoy discussing the mind-body connection and how our bodies store our feelings and experiences; it is truly amazing how we hold our histories in our physical forms.

The journey towards healing is a powerful one, and my goal is to make sure you have support as well as tools to assist you on your journey. My areas of interest include but are not limited to depression and anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, unpacking religious trauma, and processing grief in its many forms. I hope to create a space for us to work through the hard things, because we are worthy of being seen and heard and validated. Grab a pen, because we are going to write something new, together.

Things that bring me joy

Friends and family! Biking, rock climbing, yoga, craft beers, movies, most ice cream flavors, bonfires, photography, reading, writing, comedy.


Master of Arts candidate at Northwestern University

Focus: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Bachelors of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago

Focus: Musical Theater Performance

Clinical Supervisors

Shaysa Villa, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

Candice Love, MSW, LCSW, LICSW

Payment & Insurance Accepted

Self Pay & Insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO

Blue Choice PPO

CareFirst BCBS PPO

Self-Pay / Out-of-network

Insurance Benefits Verification

If you would like to use your insurance benefits, Roamers Therapy LLC will need to verify your benefits before your first session.

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While Emma’s office is located in Lakeview, Chicago for in-person sessions, she also welcomes and serves clients for online therapy from anywhere in Illinois. Clients from the Chicagoland area may choose in-office or online therapy and usually commute from surrounding areas such as River North, West Loop, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View, Rogers Park Logan Square, Pilsen, Bridgeport, Little Village, Bronzeville, South Shore, Hyde Park, Back of the Yards, Wicker Park, Bucktown and many more.