Joel Filmore, Ed.D., LCPC, LPC, LMHC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

 •  Illinois
Joel Filmore
Joel Filmore, Ed.D., LCPC, LPC, LMHC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
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Dr. Joel M. Filmore is an accomplished therapist with a robust academic foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2006), followed by a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University (2010). His quest for knowledge culminated with a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University (2014). Dr. Filmore’s licensing credentials span five states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont, South Carolina, and Florida.

His clinical expertise encompasses a wide range of areas, from affective disorders like depression and anxiety to trauma recovery, couples and family counseling, LGBTQIA+ challenges, and addiction management. Furthermore, he’s on the path to becoming a recognized couple’s specialist, currently training with the esteemed Gottman Institute. Apart from his hands-on work, Dr. Filmore has co-edited pivotal books, such as “Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQIA+ People” and “Introduction to 21st Century Counseling: A Multicultural and Social Justice Perspective,” complemented by several other articles and publications.

In the therapy room, Dr. Filmore’s approach is direct and assertive. Clients often commend his dynamic involvement, describing him as an “actively challenging” professional rather than a passive listener. Although his foundation lies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dr. Filmore leverages his 13 years of experience as a Professor teaching advanced therapists to seamlessly blend a multitude of evidence-based techniques, ensuring tailored interventions that align with each client’s unique journey and goals.

Top Specialties
  • Cultural Issues / Racial Trauma
  • LGBTQIA+ Related Issues
  • Relationships
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Identity
  • Life Transitions
  • Loneliness
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Stress
Therapeutic Approach
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-Focused CBT
Client Focus
  • Individual (Adult)
  • Couples / Marriage
  • Group

Location / Map


401 Michigan Ave
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611