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01 Our Values

Tender

We’re here because we’ve been there, so we can’t help but to be wholeheartedly invested in your journey. We want to provide you the warmth, validation and affirmation that can feel so rare in adulthood. Working with us will challenge you, but it will also feel like coming home.

Liberating

We’re fired up about your freedom and fight for it alongside you. Always intersectional, pleasure-positive, and identity-celebrating, we have a low tolerance for boxes, assumptions, and systems that stifle your creative healing. We are your unashamed and unapologetic accomplices in doing life-changing, culture-shifting work.

Community Cultivated

We’re obsessed with staying up-to-date on affirming, anti-oppressive language and concepts, and think learning directly from queer Black folks, Indigenous folks, and community leaders of color is just as important as gathering data from research. We believe in the transformative power of accurate information about sex, gender and relationships.

02 Our Team

We are pleasure activists, disruptors, innovators, and creatives. While we are technically a business, we operate more as a movement. Meet our team of therapists, coaches, and educators.

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Bishop, a Black non-binary femme who is bald with a beard, stands in front of a white wall. They are smiling with lots of teeth, wearing burgundy lip stick, silver hoop earrings, a silver bracelet that wraps up their arm, a grey knit poncho, and a small "trans alien" pin.

Bishop Howard, MA, LCSW

(They/Them)

Staff Therapist

Bishop is a Non-Binary, Black Femme with experience working with Queer/Trans individuals in behavioral health and programmatic settings. Born and raised in Detroit MI, Bishop attended Michigan State University where they received their Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in LGBT Studies. They then went to receive their Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family Therapy from Erikson Institute in Chicago IL.

Specializing in working with Queer/Trans BIPOC, communities, Bishop utilizes client-centered psychotherapy rooted in a psychodynamic approach, which explores the entire individual, including past/childhood, familial and intimate relationships, current life structures, hopes and dreams. Bishop believes that in order for behavioral change and healing to occur, we must first understand what in our lives have led us to this point.

Bishop is passionate about providing therapy that is sex positive, kink aware, affirming of ethical non-monogamy, and honors clients' sexual/physical/emotional desires.

Therapist Identities

  • Black
  • Fat
  • Kinky and/or BDSM
  • Non-Binary
  • Transgender

Client Concerns or Identities

  • Anxiety
  • Couples/Relationships
  • Depression
  • Fat
  • First Generation/Immigrant
  • Identity Exploration
  • Kinky
  • Non-Binary
  • Non-Monogamy
  • Queer
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sex Workers
  • Transgender
  • Trauma

Therapy Types

  • Anti-Oppressive
  • Decolonizing
  • Feminist
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Systems
  • Trauma-Informed

“Queer not as being about who you are having sex with, but queer as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.”

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03 Our Offerings

Individual Therapy & Coaching

Work one-on-one with a provider to expand your self-awareness, heal from previous trauma, and develop strategies for thriving. Through a non-judgmental, intersectional lens, our providers will work with you on concerns and resiliencies related to your identities, mental health, relationships, career and beyond.

Relationship Therapy & Coaching

Couples and triadic+ relationships come to TEG both to move through relationship crises and for general relationship maintenance. We work with relationships curious about non-monogamy, working through infidelity, exploring new identities, coming to terms with loss or transition, family-planning, and expanding their sex lives. We approach relationship therapy through a kink, BDSM, non-monogamy, and queer-affirming lens.

Support Groups

Email hello@theexpansivegroup.com for more information about our current group offerings.

Trainings

We provide trainings for universities, organizations, and clinicians to expand participant understanding around gender, sexuality, identity, and more. Topics can be custom-tailored to your audience size, identities, and goals.

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04 FAQs

The Feels

A tender-hearted newsletter, from us to you

Each month, Casey and the TEG team send out free resources, reflections, prompts, playlists and more.  Sign up to be the first to know about what we're up to at The Expansive Group!

Get The Feels

05 Reach Out

The Expansive Group offers therapy, coaching, and pleasure mentoring as well as training and consulting services. Reach out to us below depending on your inquiry. We look forward to being in touch.

TEG Support

In Session

Our In-Person Office

While we work virtually with clients all over the world, we have an in-person option available to our clients in the Chicago area. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square, we have four gorgeous offices with natural lighting, interior brick, and a unique design inspired by queerness, Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color.

1806 W Cuyler Ave. Suite 3E, Chicago, IL 60613

Please indicate on your intake form if you’d like to see your provider in person.

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