About Me

Abby E. Gagerman, L.C.S.W.

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois. I provide psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and older children. I received my MSW from Loyola University Chicago and completed my field work at The Center For Enriched Living and Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Stone Mental Health Clinic. I then worked as a psychotherapist in a private practice. Prior to my involvement in social work, I taught high school students and received my M.Ed. from National-Louis University. I originally graduated with a B.A. from the University of Iowa in English and Education, with minors in Spanish and Philosophy. Now, in my role as a psychotherapist, my social constructivist approach helps clients clarify values, work past crises, build coping tools, and navigate every day challenges. I create treatment plans that meet each individual’s needs, using tools such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), narrative therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I also enjoy working with parents to help them address concerns they have regarding the most effective way to assist their children overcome challenges. I encourage a holistic look from my clients in terms of how they function within their systems, and I help identify what changes can be made within those systems to promote higher functioning from within the client. I also draw upon my experience as a mother of three teenagers.