Vanessa J. Allen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & Doctor of Counseling (Ed.D)
Michelle Chaban, Associates in Psychotherapy
Get to know dr. vanessa j. allen

I believe that some therapists are born and some are made. I was born a therapist. Providing mental health services is an answer to a call. It is my “purpose”. I am personable, relatable, empathetic and understanding. I am a nurturer. Via education, I have been able to combine my natural ability to connect with people with my clinical training to create a dynamic clinical approach to helping people.

I bring more than 25 years of service, creative thought, a sense of humor and life experiences to my practice. Together with my client(s), we will create a welcoming safe and comfortable environment to discuss and work through life and life experiences. I utilize a solution and strengths based approach when working with individuals and families and I specialize in working with adolescents, adults, and couples. I believe that most of us have what we need to solve our issues internally and having a professional to guide us through identifying that solution is what successful therapeutic relationships are about. I am skilled in working with symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disorders and trauma, I am ready to assist my clients with positive outcomes and symptom alleviation.

Contact Info

Vanessa J. Allen, LCSW & Ed.D
Deerfield, Evanston & Barrington offices
Office: (866) 220-8371
Direct Line: (773) 309-3165
Email Vanessa J. Allen


  • Initial session: $201.25
  • 60 minute session: $161
  • 45 minute session: $143.75
  • 30 minute session: $86.25
  • Family session: $161


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Choice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Choice Preferred PPO
  • United Healthcare (Optum)
About dr. vanessa j. allen

Vanessa earned her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. Vanessa has provided direct services in the social services community for more than 25 years. These services include: Case Management, Counseling, Supervisions and most recently, she served as the Executive Director for a grassroots Social Service organization on the North Shore. The field of mental health and the wellness of people has always been a primary focus of Vanessa’s practice. She is a seasoned professional who is culturally competent and has experience working with people from many different walks of life.