About Me

Working with you is a privilege.

My general private practice includes proven strategies and innovative specialties. They include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), including “life skills” training; treatment of trauma-based disorders including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; women’s issues; marital, divorce, and other relationship issues, including the Imago relationship perspective; family systems therapy; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Engaging in the work of psychotherapy with my clients is a very special privilege and sacred trust. My clients know me as caring and compassionate, and someone who can understand and feel their pain. I will never ever make you feel judged for the choices you have made, for who you are, or for where you have been.

Working with Joan in therapy is like going to school on myself, understanding where I come from and how that affects my life now, then finding new and better ways of going forward.” 

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • National Board of Certified Counselors
  • American Counseling Association
  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • Alpha Delta Omega National Honor Society
  • Illinois Counseling Association
  • Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association
  • Chicago Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consulting Group
  • Lilac Tree, Women in Transition, Inc.
  • Provider, professional clinician trainings in Dialectical Behavior therapy

At my first session with Joan, I immediately told her my most shameful secret, not because she asked but because I instantly felt safe with her and always have ever since.

Ready to transform your life? Contact me today.

Rates start at $175/hour for one individual and $250 for couples. Clients who pay by cash or check receive a 5% discount. Credit card payments will incur a service fee.

Note: I do not accept Medicare or Medicare supplements. I do accept BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois, OPTUM United Behavioral Healthcare, and some limited insurance as an out-of-network provider.

Joan Ferdinand Keleher MS, LCPC

847.404.8478 or info@jfkeleher.com

Remote appointments available during the Coronavirus crisis.


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