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01 Our Values


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.


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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Lauren Bailey, LPC


Staff Therapist

We all struggle with feeling disconnected, whether because of a decrease of face-to-face interactions because of the pandemic, being queer in a heteronormative world, feeling like you are the only parent of a queer child, or a break up in your polycule. The lack of community creates loneliness, sadness and anxiety.

Lauren structures their work with clients in a way that helps you build relationships, first in the therapeutic space and then in your broader world. Their practice, based on Relational Cultural Theory, creates partnership through therapy to identify systems of oppression that create disconnection and ways to find growth fostering relationships with yourself and your community.

Lauren came to counseling after a decade of working in politics and government in Washington, D.C. Their partner's coming out and their shared journey, first as a mixed orientation relationship and then as two queer people navigating separation, led Lauren to pursue a career as a therapist. Lauren accepts all clients and is especially interested in helping folks with identity concerns, queer youth, mixed orientation relationships, polyamorous folk, and family members looking to be more affirming.

Therapist Identities

  • Bisexual and/or Pansexual
  • Genderqueer or Gender Fluid
  • Non-Monogamous and/or Polyamorous
  • White

Therapy Types

  • Anti-Oppressive
  • DBT
  • 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.”

Bell Hooks

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.

Pleasure Mentoring

Offered by the one and only Kiana Lewis, Pleasure Mentoring focuses on developing your understanding of sensuality and cultivating a practice with your erotic self. Different from therapy, Pleasure Mentoring offers more short-term, hands on guidance. Kiana uses modalities including movement, visualization, writing, and vocalization to help you unearth your most pleasure-filled life. For Pleasure Mentoring, email

Speaking & Consulting

Our team regularly works with universities, organizations, leaders, businesses, and other therapy practices to expand their impact through developing more modern understandings of gender, sexuality, and identity. We drive systemic change, and help you adapt to new perceptions and realities around these topics in order to create more inclusive, cutting edge organizations. Together, we’ll build on your existing knowledge to move you from a place of anxiety and uncertainty to one of confidence and expertise. For these services, contact

04 FAQs


Work With The Expansive Group

We’re always looking for more staff therapists to join our team!

  • Full time, with benefits including health care options, PTO
  • Continuing education opportunities, including supervision and/or consultation
  • Opportunity to work in a radically inclusive work environment with sex positive and queer affirming staff and clientele
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05 Reach Out

Complete the form below to be connected a therapist, coach or pleasure mentor. If you are seeking consulting services, inquiring about career opportunities, or looking for a speaker, email 

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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.

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

Where It All Started:

Casey Tanner + Queer Sex Therapy

Out of a belief that access to pleasure and accurate information is a human right, Casey brought free sex ed to life via social media. Follow along for a daily dose of all things queer, sex, and therapy.

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