Individual, Couples & Family Therapy


Debra Steele, LMFT, is a passionate and integrative therapist who holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University and has been licensed in IL since 2011. She has been blessed to have worked at Flourish Studios for nearly six years and is thrilled to have opened her own private practice in November .She uses clients’ strengths, humor, elements of meditation, and goal setting to help clients efficiently resolve presenting problems. Debra is ardent about helping people from diverse backgrounds to promote life and relationship satisfaction for individuals, couples and families. Most importantly Debra really loves her work and is passionate about the field of marriage & family therapy.

Debra Steele takes a holistic approach to all her cases combing elements of mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness to help facilitate positive change in her client’s lives.  She is Level 1 trained in Internal Family Systems ("Parts Therapy") and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). Debra has volunteered with a CPS elementary school, through Community in Schools of Chicago (CISC), for the last 3 years leading a self-esteem group for 7th and 8th grade girls she created called 'Powerful Girls'. Additionally, Debra is an AAMFT approved marriage and family supervisor and trained as a Prepare/Enrich couples assessment therapist. She has lived in Chicago since 2000 and loves dogs (cats can be cool too)!


  • Adult Children & Sibling Relationships
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Children & Adolescents
  • Couples: Dating, Engaged, Married, Multi-Cultural & LGBTQI
  • Families in Change - Premarital, Separation & Divorce
  • Family of Origin
  • Forgiving Betrayal
  • Goal Setting
  • Healing Trauma
  • Individuals in Life Transition
  • ​Improving Intimacy
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Prepare/Enrich Couples Assessment Certified
  • Supervision

What to expect from therapy:

AppointmentsWe start on a weekly basis and as therapeutic goals are met we meet less often. I run around 50 minute hour sessions and see clients on Mondays, Wednesdays-Fridays and most weekends for daytime and evening hours. We can set a reoccurring appointment or schedule sessions from week to week.

Payment & Insurance - I only accept out-of-pocket payments and BlueCross/BlueShield PPO insurance. Most insurance providers cover individual, couples and family therapy services, but check with your provider to confirm. Payment plans are available for services, and if you have 'out-of-network' benefits with a Non-BlueCross/BlueShield PPO provider my services may be covered by your insurance carrier. I can check your insurance benefits before your first appointment (see form to the right) to see what might be covered.

RateS - Please call or email to discuss my rates. Initial phone consultation is Free​. If you decide to pay with your BlueCross/BlueShield PPO insurance and depending on your coverage plan you may only owe a co-pay fee for each appointment.

Confidentiality -All information shared in therapy is held confidentially as per your HIPAA rights and the AAMFT Code of Ethics. I am a mandated reporter in cases of elder and child abuse and acts of serious self-harm (suicidality) and/or harm to others (homicidality). Minus the aforementioned, what you share in therapy remains confidential.

CONnect - What is most important in therapy is the personal relationship and fit between client and therapist. I like to pride myself on being a resource to the community, so if I am not a best fit for the work you are looking to do, I will gladly refer you onto a quality referral. Again, feel free to reach out to me when you are ready to begin this healing journey.




Licensed Marriage

& Family Therapist

cHICAGO, IL 60657