Ms. Ford and her associates are available for sessions by appointment.

Ms. Ford’s work focuses on healing from addictions (chemical and behavioral) and healing from painful experiences from the past.  Any associates Ms. Ford refers you to have been selected by the practice to meet the highest standards of care.

Remote Telehealth sessions are available during the global Coronavirus pandemic.  Engage a trusted and experienced therapist to help you with COVID-19 anxiety in the safety and privacy of your own home.  Our platform is two-way, secure and HIPAA-compliant.

Phone: (773) 552-8070

Fax: (773) 305-2807

E-mail: VanessaEFord at gmail

Please note: Sessions are by appointment only.  Please contact Ms. Ford directly if you would like to set up an appointment.

Contact for: Scheduling an individual or couple‘s / family session. General information regarding counseling services offered. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of traffic on this site, please contact Ms. Ford if you are in the Chicago area only.

Please note: Ms. Ford’s services should not be considered an emergency contact. If you are in an acute crisis, please contact your nearest emergency room or community mental health center, or you may wish to call St. Joseph’s hospital’s General intake line available 24/7 at (773) 665-3517.  St. Joseph’s hospital provides both quality inpatient psychiatric and inpatient/intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Please call Ms. Ford directly at (773) 552-8070 if you would like to discuss setting up an initial appointment. Vanessa is available for sessions by appointment only, no walk-ins please.

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    Should you have questions about the mental health practice’s privacy policies, or to get more information about how personal data you provide to the practice is used or disclosed once you are accepted as a client into Ms. Ford’s practice, please reference the latest update to her HIPAA Privacy Notice, effective November 1st, 2020.


    Vanessa Ford’s bright and cozy therapy office is conveniently located on the North side of Chicago, in East Rogers Park.   She has recently installed a HEPA ventilation system to the office that cycles fresh air into the space every 90 seconds.  Street parking is easily accessible.  For potential clients traveling to their counseling appointment from Rogers Park, Boystown, Lakeview, Uptown, Ravenswood, Edgewater, Buena Park, Lincoln Park, Evanston, Wrigleyville, Roscoe Village, Lincoln Square, Andersonville, and Bowmanville neighborhoods, you will find the office to be especially easy to find.  My psychotherapy practice is in the 60626 zip code, but is directy adjacent to 60640, 60202, 60645, 60660 and 60659 addresses.  Loyola and Northwestern students will find the practice location especially convenient. DePaul and Art Institute students are welcomed in my practice, and University of Chicago alumni often enjoy meeting with a counselor who is also another alum.  Ms. Ford is also a preferred provider for mental health for Loyola University.

    Other locations may be added to the practice by Vanessa Ford’s associates post-pandemic.  Stay tuned!


    1731 W. Arthur Ave.
    Chicago, Illinois 60626

    For directions to the practice, please reference these instructions:

    The practice is located between Clark street and Ravenswood.  Arthur Ave is 2 blocks north of Devon.

    The property is a single-family home.  When you reach property, walk past the first/main entrance in the front (blue door), walk along the side of the property until you reach the cellar door.  Buzz for entry (by appointment only).


    If taking the Red line El, get off at the Loyola stop, and walk west down Arthur aprox three-quarters of a mile (please note: Arthur is a side street and jogs over a bit as you walk west).  Or, if you prefer, walk over to Devon to catch a Devon 155 street bus, and exit at Clark.  Walk north to Arthur Ave.


    Take the Metra Union Pacific/North line. Get off at the Rogers Park stop (7000 N. Ravenswood, Lunt Ave).  Walk south down Ravenswood to Arthur Ave.  Turn left/east onto Arthur Ave.

    BY BUS:

    From the west, take the Western bus and exit at Devon, walk east to Ravenswood.  Take a left/north down Ravenswood to Arthur Ave, take a right/east onto Arthur Ave.  You can also take the #155 Devon bus.

    From the north or South, take the #36 Broadway bus or #22 Clark street bus.

    BY CAR

    From the north, take Ridge south to Devon, and make a left/east onto Devon.  Take Devon west to Ravenswood, and make a left/north onto Ravenswood.  Turn right/east onto Arthur Ave.

    From the west (for example, exiting I90), take Peterson east to Clark.  Make a left/north onto Clark.  Make a left/west onto Devon.  Make a right/north onto Ravenswood.

    From the south, take Lake Shore Drive to Hollywood or Bryn Mawr, and west to Ridge.  Turn right/north onto Clark, and proceed north to Devon.  Make a left/west on Devon to Ravenswood.  Take a right/north onto Ravenswood.

    Arthur is 2 blocks north of Devon, and because it runs one-way east, it should be accessed by Ravenswood (NOT Clark) if driving.  The street sign for Arthur got blown down in a recent storm; however “Arthur” has been painted in white on one of the street signs, or use your GPS.

    If you’re headed north on Ravenswood and you hit Albion, you went too far.

    If you’re headed south on Ravenswood and you hit Schreiber, you’ve gone too far.


    There is typically plenty of street parking on Arthur, which is not zoned.

    If you’re having trouble finding street parking, try going around the corner to Clark, where there are always metered spaces available.


    Rogers Park police station & the Clark/Devon hardware store.