Laura Nessler, LCSW


EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

I'm a licensed clinical social worker currently providing therapy in Illinois (in person and virtual, located in Chicago) and Indiana (virtual only). I believe therapy is inherently relational, and strive to create a space for big feelings and brave conversations. I use EMDR to work with folks that have complex trauma, chronic illness and pain, and a variety of concerns around dissociation. I've done a lot of trainings around working with folks with dissociation and chronic pain/illness, but I've learned the most from folks with those lived experiences.

Education & Experience

Master of Social Work (MSW) - Loyola University Chicago - 2017 Bachelor of English/Drama* (BA) - University of Virginia *yes, I'm a former theatre kid, but they literally called the major "drama" at my university I've been at my current practice fr 2 years, and prior to that worked in community mental health and on an assertive community treatment (ACT) team with folks experiencing complex medical and mental health issues.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Former participant and board member, Midwives Artistic Collective

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Brain Injury
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • UnitedHealth