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“There is no such thing as a singe issue struggle because we do not live single issues lives.”

-Audre Lorde

About LeChae Mottley

LeChae Mottley is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and specializes in working with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating, weight concerns, and trauma. LeChae provides counseling at the South Barrington and Chicago Loop locations.

Education and Training

LeChae Mottley received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her studies focused on anti-oppressive social work.

In graduate school, she interned at Chicago Collegiate Charter School, providing school social work services to students through individual and group sessions. LeChaeā€™s second year internship was at Daley College Wellness Center. She worked with students of all ages around mental health and academic concerns including mood disorders, relationship challenges and stress management. LeChae also facilitated groups on healthy relationships and LBGTQ support.

During her graduate program, she was also a research assistant for the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination where she helped conduct research on cisgender women and their awareness of PReP at the University of Chicago emergency department. One of the first of its kind, this research has been presented at the 14th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence and the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium.

After receiving her Masters in social work, LeChae worked at a health clinic to support clients in managing chronic illnesses and high-risk pregnant patients. Since then, LeChae works as a trauma therapist at a rape crisis center to support survivors of sexual assault in their healing journeys.

Clinical Interests and Approaches

LeChae enjoys working with adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating, body image, self-esteem, trauma related to sexual violence, anxiety and depression. LeChae incorporates anti-oppressive frameworks into her work including Health at Every Size (HAES), intuitive eating, harm reduction, trauma-informed care and intersectional feminist perspectives. LeChae uses multiple modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

LeChae is passionate about disrupting diet culture and promoting recovery from eating disorders. She is completing coursework through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IADEP). LeChae is also committed to the intersection of mental health and social justice and participates in multiple community efforts on the Westside of Chicago that are dedicated to creating a more just city. She frequents professional development trainings and is always learning more about the field. LeChae is grateful to be able to hold space for clients to heal and develop a life that aligns with their values.

On a Personal Note

LeChae Mottley was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. In her free time, she likes to spend time with loved ones, watch TV, engage in joyful movement and blog about diet culture.