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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, a white, brown-haired person with bangs smiles (not showing teeth) and leans into the camera. They are wearing a black dress with cream flowers.

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.

Support Groups

Email for more information about our current group offerings.


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!

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05 Reach Out

Complete the form below to be connected to a therapist, coach or pleasure mentor. If you are interested in our training or consulting services, complete this form.  

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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.