Michele Day, LCSW, CSAT
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Michele is the Director of the Chicago Center for Sexual Wellbeing. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a master's degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and undergraduate degrees in psychology and marketing. She has completed a fellowship in Advanced Psychodynamic Theory at the University of Chicago and trained at the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), earning her Certification in Sex Addiction Therapy (CSAT).
Michele has over 20 years of experience in social services and private practice. She worked in inner-city psychiatric hospitals, child welfare agencies, substance abuse treatment agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She also taught in the graduate program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work.
Michele strives to support both men and women in their recovery journey. She is deeply empathetic toward her patients, her own life having been touched by many of the struggles that her clients experience. Michele’s therapeutic approach is client-centered, offering support without judgment. She is passionate about providing treatment to the whole person and understanding the larger world that they belong to.
Michele’s knowledge of the sex addiction field, coupled with her excellent psychotherapeutic skills, make her an ideal advocate for anyone ready to break the addiction cycle and start life anew.
Outside her private practice, she works extensively with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), providing clinical services in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Department of Neurology interdisciplinary clinic.
Illinois Society of Clinical Social Workers
International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals
National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals (NALGAP)
Lake Forest College, alumni mentor
Sigmund Freud, Therapy Dog
Meet Sigmund Freud, the Chicago Center for Sexual Wellbeing’s resident therapy dog. Sigmund Freud is a seven year-old Miniature Golden Doodle. Originally from Iowa Sigmund relocated to Chicago in 2010 to pursue his education and achieve his goal of becoming a therapy dog.
Harnessing the human-animal bond, Sigmund works side-by-side, and paw-to-paw with clients to decrease stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness.
Continuous and immediate positive feedback provided by Sigmund can help set clients at ease. His presence can also help decrease blood pressure, heart rate and reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol. Hormones associated with general health and feelings of wellbeing, including dopamine, oxytocin, prolactin and serotonin are also increased.
The emotional and physical strains encountered in addiction and recovery can be daunting. Sigmund and his role in treatment is just another way that the Chicago Center for Sexual Wellbeing sets itself apart from other treatment facilities with holistic and experiential therapies.