Who We Are

Joanna (Jo) Nowak, LCSW - Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy

Joanna (Jo) Nowak, LCSW


I aspire to create a therapeutic space that is safe and affirming, while forming an authentic and genuine connection to best support you. Whether you are seeking out therapy for self- exploration, change, acceptance, or all of the above, we can work together to find the path that is best suited for you. I will collaborate with you every step of the way, challenge you when appropriate, and meet you with compassion and humor when needed – I’m a big believer in the therapeutic power of laughter!

My approach to therapy is holistic, individualized, intersectional, and super
collaborative. This means I work to take bits and pieces of different types of therapy and different perspectives in order to create a unique space for each client, while focusing on your entire self, your story, and the intersections of your identities and lived experiences. I encourage my clients to mindfully engage, listen to their bodies, and to use a variety of methods to process and
potentially modify thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.

I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. I am a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in the treatment of adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), mood disorders, trauma related disorders, disordered eating, life transitions, and relationship concerns. I am particularly passionate about working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

More information about my training, style, and clinical interests:

  • LGBTQIA+ affirming practice
     –  If you are hoping to work with someone within the community, I
    am a queer, femme person!
  • Intersectional and anti-racist feminist practice
  • HAES (Health at Every Size), anti-diet, and body affirming approaches,
    utilized for body image, disordered eating, and/or eating disorders
  • Trauma-informed and affirming care
  • Behavioral-informed training and solutions-focused work, including
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive
    Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Internal Family Systems-informed training
  • Mindfulness and body-based approaches

Chicago Mindful Psychotherapy is now Andersonville Mindfulness & Psychology