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Information About the Practice

Ms. Ford and her associate counselors are available for sessions by appointment.

Ms. Ford’s therapy practice focuses on healing from addictions (chemical and behavioral) and healing from painful experiences from the past. 

Focused anxiety treatment and specialized services such as EMDR and art therapy are available.  

Any associates Ms. Ford refers you to have been selected by the practice to meet the highest standards of care.

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  • 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. 

    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.


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

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

    By Red Line:

    If taking the Red line “L”, get off at the Loyola stop, and walk west down Arthur approximately 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.

    By Metra:

    Take the Metra Union Pacific/North line. Get off at the Rogers Park stop (7000 N. Ravenswood, at 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:

    The practice is located just a few blocks north of Devon on Arthur Avenue.  The office is located between Ravenswood (which runs one-way east) and Clark.  


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.

Nearby Landmarks

The main practice location is close to the Rogers Park police station in district 24, around the corner from the Howard Brown Roger’s Park clinic. The office is within blocks of the Clark/Devon hardware store.

Privacy Practices

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 January 1st, 2024.

Remote Telehealth Available

Remote Telehealth sessions are available. Our platform is two-way, secure and HIPAA-compliant. Your sessions are never recorded or stored.   Your privacy and confidentiality are assured.  

Crisis / Emergency Situations

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.

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 on the Northside of Chicago.

The National Runaway Switchboard may be another great option, with counselors on standby 24/7, available to talk.  This non-profit organization started out as a resource for runaways, but now anyone is welcome to call.  Reach out at (800) 786-2929.  

Please call Ms. Ford directly at (773) 552-8070 if you would like to discuss setting up an initial appointment with herself or one of her associate counselors. First available sessions are usually within a week or so.  

Vanessa and her associate therapists are available for sessions by appointment only.  No walk-in or crisis sessions are available.

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NOTE: When you email or call please let us know the following:

  1. A brief description of what you want help with.
  2. Your schedule and availability for recurring weekly appointments.
  3. Your insurance type (e.g. BC/BS, Aetna, Cigna, etc.)  Please specify if your plan is HMO or PPO.

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1731 W Arthur Ave

Chicago, IL 60626