Lincoln Giesel, MSW, LCSW

Lincoln Giesel

Lincoln Giesel,



When the relationship between a therapist and the client is working at its best, the process of our discovery is one that incorporates tangible skills into a client’s everyday life and shifts their understanding of why they think and behave the way they do.

Given this deeper sense of understanding and through consideration of how our social and cultural environments impact our mental health and well-being, therapy’s role in someone’s life is to assist them by integrating tools, insight, and self-awareness in order to help them decrease any unhelpful behaviors - and, ultimately, increase their overall quality of life.


  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • College and Life Transitions
  • Stress and performance
  • Anger
  • LGBT and queer
  • Depression

My work is primarily with adults as well as with couples; and I specialize in working with LGBT and queer clients.

The process of therapy is an integrated one when considering the totality of your life up to this point; Together, we will work to examine your past, how those past experiences have shaped you, and what tools and strategies may help you realize your full potential in the present and future. We will work to maintain a nonjudgmental lens on your internal experiences as well as your actions in order to more effectively manage emotions and sustainably move towards behaviors and life choices in line with your values. I incorporate several insight-oriented approaches to our work, and utilize an approach that is behavioral, values-based, relational and trauma-informed. Additionally, when needed, I will use DBT, ACT, and mindfulness in order to increase awareness.

Prior to joining this practice, I served two years at the Harvard University Medical School’s McLean Hospital as part of their DBT Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program as well as two years at ERC Insight Mood and Anxiety Disorder Residential here in Chicago. I completed training at the Howard Brown Health and Center on Halsted Graduate School Field Placements, honing my skills and specialization working with LGBTQ populations. I attended Tufts University, obtained my master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service and am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois.