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About Us




The Branch Family Institute, Inc.

was founded by Brenda T. Thompson,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with


more than 40 years of clinical experience.

The practice was established in order to

provide culturally-relevant services to

individuals, families, and communities

impacted by the injustices of poverty and


Our program uses a strength

based approach in order to empower

individuals and communities to

overcome oppression. The center believes

in a systematic approach to address client



Who We Are


The Branch Family Institute was developed in order to provide individual, family and group counseling services to low-income families who might not otherwise be serviced by the larger community.


WE have three core programs which include:


  • Counseling 
  • Clinical Training   
  • Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange services   


Our Patient Promise

We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. 

Our Services




The Branch Family Institutes clinical services are provided by qualified professionals with a minimum of a master's degree in social work, psychology and other related fields. Counseling services were designed to help individuals and families overcome issues related to parenting, marital stress, family violence, issues related to sexual orientation, grief and loss, and women's issues.

Specific services include:





Case Consultation 

Crisis Intervention

Clinical Supervision 



After the Storm


The Branch Family Institute offers Supervised Visitation and Safe

Exchange services for visiting parents and their children. Visits take place in a home-like environment where there are age-appropriate games, toys, and books for entertainment. Program participants require a court order which may be suggested by their attorney, judge, or the individual interested in services. 


Clinical Training

Branch provides clinical training to Master's level interns studying in the field of social work, psychologist, marriage and family therapist and counseling. Branch works with following schools: Loyola University Chicago, Denver University, Roosevelt University, North Park University, Capella University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Adler University, Chicago State University and Governor's State University. 


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The Branch Family Institute

11111 S. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643



Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday by appointment only