Katie Durbin, LCSW



I’ve spent the past 15 years helping hundreds of families navigate the complexities of living with a serious illness.

“Katie is exactly what I needed to help me get through a tough time. I was instantly comfortable with her and found her very easy to talk to. I have recommended her to several people and will continue to do so.”

River Forest

Experience and Education:


  • Adjunct professor, Aurora University School of Social Work
  • Program facilitator and presenter at Wellness House
  • Reiki Certified, Level 1


  • Medical and Oncology social worker – University of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial and NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Patient navigator – American Cancer Society
  • Hospice social worker – JourneyCare


 BA Sociology and Social Work, University of Dayton (1997)

  • MSW, Loyola University Chicago (2004)

A note from Katie:

My professional experience isn’t all I bring into our sessions. I’m also a mom, wife, daughter and sister. These roles can get messy and confusing when dealing with illness.
Having cared for my own dad during his illness, I look at how best I can help you not only from my clinical brain, but also from my own experiences.

Being in therapy myself. I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed, knowing you need help but not wanting to ask for it. I also know the relief felt when you finally sit with someone whose sole purpose is to support you.
When I’m not working you can usually find me with my family. I also love going to movies alone, tv shows that make me laugh or cry, live shows or music, finding unique handmade goods, obsessing over podcasts and spending time with friends.

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW)
  • Case Management Society of America (CMCA)
  • Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC)