Michelle Herzog, LMFT, CST
I’m fascinated by relationships. At the end of the day, the connection you have to the people you love is what truly matters. I understand that life can get complicated. I'm here to offer guidance and support that makes sense for you and the life you want to live. I get deep into the work with you while calling attention to your areas of growth and supporting you in your achievements. If you are serious about improving your relationship with yourself, your sexuality, or your partner, let’s work together. We’ll set achievable goals and solutions that make sense for you.
I work with a variety of relationship and sex issues and have special interests in working with mismatched desires, pre-orgasmic women, navigating dating and modern love and erectile dysfunction. My other areas of clinical expertise include recovering from infidelity, communication issues, stress and anxiety management and pre-marital counseling. As the modern relationship rapidly changes, it's critical to work with a therapist who understands how our relational expectations have shifted over time. Among the many conversations we will have in the therapy room, we will discuss the not so constructive patterns you have created over time, you relational needs versus wants and how you connect intimately to yourself and others.
As an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am uniquely qualified to work with issues relating to sexuality and relationships. I earned my MS from Northwestern University in Marriage and Family Therapy and BA in Psychology from DePaul University. I have completed specialized training in sex therapy and sex education from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work.
In addition to my clinical work, I am an Alumni Board Member at Northwestern University. I am an active clinical member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. I also assist budding sex therapists by providing case consultation, mentorship and guidance with their professional development.
Rebecca Hirsch, AMFT
As a relationship and sex therapist, I explore what it would mean for you to live as authentically as possible. I empower clients to explore their identity, desires, and values in an inviting environment. My style of therapy is collaborative and engaging with a healthy dose of validation and humor. I believe you are the expert in your own life, and my role as a therapist is to create a safe and non-judgmental space for exploration, processing, and to help you create the life you want to be living.
I work with adults at all stages of relationship and sexual development: anywhere from dating and exploring new partners to improving communication and intimacy within a long-term relationship. My specialties include improving communication, healing after a relational trauma or infidelity, mismatched libido, exploring sexual identity and interests, rebuilding an emotional and intimate connection, erectile dysfunction, and men’s health. I also have a special interest in how online and mobile dating has changed how we approach relationships. I provide guidance on setting appropriate boundaries and communicating effectively with new partners from date number one.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree with a double-major in Psychology and Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. Since returning to Chicago, I have been working in a private practice setting seeing individuals and couples. I am currently enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s certification in Sexual Health with a focus on sex therapy and sexuality education.
In addition to my clinical work, I am a member of the advisory council at Response Center, a sex positive and LGBTQ+ affirming organization that empowers teens to make healthy choices, and I do public speaking on the importance of interfaith dialogue within healthcare on behalf of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that promotes interfaith cooperation on college campuses.
Rachel has been a yoga teacher in Chicago for 19 years, demystifying the ancient teachings to make them accessible to contemporary minds. She is our resident expert on “alternative” paths. For six years, Rachel has worked both in private practice and in association with Chicago’s Berman Center as an alternative consultant to couples in crisis who seek to heal or enhance their intimate connection. She has completed the four levels of Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga as well as TantraHeart teacher training. Rachel’s approach to sexuality is that our bodies are the home for our spirit, and that sexual contact is an inherently reverent act, with much more significance than the world we live in currently acknowledges. That being said, she leaves plenty of room for irreverent fun. Visit her Urban Goddess Yoga page to view a clip from her Oprah appearance, a cover story in YogaChicago and recommendations from her clients that describe this sought-after teacher.
Rachel guides couples to see each other anew, and helps them remember why they are together. Because each couple is unique, each session is unique. Often a session will allow couples to release the tensions that accumulate in their bodies—the tensions that can keep them from being fully present and available to each other. Simple, accessible partner stretches help couples reconnect powerfully and enjoyably. Couples’ shared breathing exercises help them deepen their sense of union in ways that go beyond words. Getting physical helps couples integrate the teachings and processes of the therapists, making the entire package a fun, unforgettable experience. And then there’s homeplay: you will walk away with guidance for specific pleasurable techniques and exercises to rock your sex life.