Kaylie Short, LPC (she/her)

Accepting New Clients!

I am forever amazed by the natural strengths and resiliencies that individuals possess… and even with this, life is hard. All that we experience and navigate can be overwhelming and can leave us with a jumbled mess of emotions, hurts, and fears that can feel daunting and sometimes even debilitating. Together we can begin to unravel and make sense of this overwhelming mess, whether it is a specific circumstance, life change, relationship dynamic or the combination of multiple challenging experiences. We can help shine a light on your inner world, as you observe and uncover your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, how they unfold and how they may be benefitting and undermining you. With compassionate acceptance of the things you have gone through, I want to help you become more of your authentic self and to pursue the life and relationships you desire.

As a therapist I am engaged, genuine and accepting. It is important to me to create a relationship built on safety, trust, and hope, where individuals feel accepted and challenged to grow in new and meaningful ways. I’m big on using metaphors and word pictures to help better understand our own and each other’s inner worlds and how we each navigate experiences. I am passionate about coming alongside people and empowering them to use their strengths and resources to navigate the challenging and overwhelming circumstances in their life.

And if you don’t know where to start, great, let’s figure it out together.

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I grew up mostly in Thailand because my parents worked there as missionaries for the first 18 years of my life. I have also lived in Canada, Vietnam and Australia and moved to Chicago about five years ago. While I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything in the world, I am intimately acquainted with the challenges of transitions, including the losses and grief, as well as struggles with belonging and identity that can accompany these transitions.

Living and working in various countries, I got to know a lot of people from different places, and I am intrigued by and driven to better understand the beauty, challenges, and nuances of different cultures. When I am not working, some of the things I enjoy doing are going for walks, exploring new places, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, thrift shopping, poetry, yoga and spending time with friends and family. I dabble a little in watercolor painting, crocheting, and dance, and have aspirations to try my hand at a little bit of improv and acting as well as photography.

* Works under the supervision of Matthew Lieser, LCPC (License: 180011307)

Areas of Focus:



Life Transitions




Peer/Relationship Concerns

Coping Skills

Identity and Self-Esteem

Executive Functioning and Adult ADHD

Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use





Clinical Mental Health Degree from Moody Theological Seminary

Previous experience in Community Mental Health

In-Network with:



BCBS Blue Choice

Self Pay