Kleah Fernandez, LSW

Chicago – S. Michigan Ave

Kleah Fernandez is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Clinical Social Work. She has experience working in various levels of psychiatric care, including inpatient psychiatric units, psychiatric residential facilities, and community mental health programs. She has worked with individuals struggling with a variety of clinical presentations, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, acute crisis, trauma, and relationship issues. Kleah believes in the power of the therapeutic alliance throughout treatment, drawing on her abilities to establish strong rapport and subsequent trust, accountability, and respect between her and her clients. She maintains a client-centered and strengths-based approach when working with clients to address their personal challenges, including low self-esteem, impulsivity, emotional regulation, interpersonal challenges, attachment issues, transitional periods, and identity issues. As someone that understands how multiple identities overlap to create a unique life experience, Kleah is also especially interested in working with clients whose identities fall into minority categories of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other marginalized groups. 

Kleah also draws from evidence-based behavioral treatment modalities, attachment based theories, motivational interviewing, radical empathy, and unconditional positive regard for others in order to provide a space for clients to explore their most authentic selves without judgment.


Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Career Counseling, CBT, Cross-Cultural Issues, Depression, Dissociation/Psychosis, Domestic Violence, Family, Gender Non-Conforming, Grief and Loss, Impulse Control Disorders, Kink Affirmative, LGBTQ, Meditation, Mindfulness, Occupational Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Relationships, Self-esteem, Self-Harm, Sexual Identity Development, Single’s Issues, Social Anxiety, Stress Management, Transgender Support, Weight/Body Issues, Women’s Issues

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