Integrating Spirituality and Psychotherapy since 1974
Specializing in couple, family, group, and individual psychotherapy
Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, various Addictions
Culturally diverse: Caribbean and African Americans, Asian Americans, LGBT clients
Fluent in English, Spanish, and German
I have enjoyed working as a counselor since earning my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1974. I went into this work because I experienced how helpful counseling was to me, when I really needed it. I have learned to understand myself and to overcome my anxiety and depression, as well as to improve my marriage and to overcome my addiction to overeating. My own openness promotes clients’ comfort and non-defensiveness to facilitate therapy. The summary at the top right side of this web site provides an overview of my practice. While the most frequent problems are listed, I help with others too. At the present time, I am increasing groups because of their therapeutic value and cost-effectiveness in this economy. Group sessions are 90 minutes. For those who prefer or need individual therapy, I am available for individual sessions of 45 minutes. My integration of spirituality and psychotherapy is particularly helpful in these difficult times when people seek answers, values, relief from worry, and to fill a materialistic void with spirituality. To whatever I do, I bring over 40 years of experience and caring.
Over the years I have sought out training with the best therapists, learning the most effective methods. I have had special training with families, including children and adolescents, and couples. I trained at the Family Institute of Chicago for two years. I also trained for two years in Addictions Counseling at Grant Hospital, and treat people with all kinds of addictions. I trained with Brian Weiss in past life therapy, and enjoy working with the many people he refers to me.
I am familiar with people of all cultures, including Asians, Hispanics, African Americans, Africans, and Europeans. I have traveled in many countries of the world, and have lived in Germany and Chile. I see many gay and lesbian clients. I speak and understand German and Spanish. Lately I have started using TeleHealth, which is like Skype or FaceTime, where we can see and hear each other, but on a HIPAA protected platform, which, ensures privacy, In this way the client can receive therapy in the privacy of their own home or office, and there is no need to get out into the cold Chicago weather. Studies have shown that TeleHealth is at least as effective as in-person therapy. I am still licensed as a psychologist in Illinois, as I have been for 43 years, and I see my Illinois clients through TeleHealth and in person in my Loop office and in my offices in Hyde Park and in the South Suburbs.
My diverse educational background helps me understand and relate to people in different careers too. For instance, in addition to my Ph.D. in psychology, I have a B.S. in electrical engineering and two Masters degrees in religion.
I would welcome a chance to talk with you about the possibility of my helping you. I will do my best to understand and appreciate you as the unique person you are, and to help you accomplish your goals in therapy.
To schedule an appointment, please call +1 (773) 263-8855.