- What form of psychotherapy do you practice?
- Who can benefit from your approach?
- How does it work?
- Is there any scientific evidence?
- Why should I choose you?
- How do I schedule an appointment?
- What if you are not the best fit for me?
- Do you work with insurance companies?
- Do you offer a sliding scale?
- What does "affordable" mean?
- Do you accept Medicare/Medicaid?
- Could you help me find a female therapist?
- Do you have LGBT therapists?
- Do you have evening/weekend availability?
- Where are you located?
- How does psychoanalytic psychotherapy work?
What form of psychotherapy do you practice?
We practice "psychoanalytic psychotherapy." For more about this approach, please see the information below.
Who can benefit from your approach?
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help you if you struggle with any of the following issues or difficulties:
- Relationship problems
- Identity confusion
- Work related difficulties
- Eating disorders
- Body image concerns
- Persistent self critical thoughts
- Psychosomatic illness
- Parenting difficulties
- Sexual dissatisfaction
- Lack of motivation
- Trouble concentrating or studying
- Writer's block
This form of psychotherapy can also be valuable for people who are are simply looking to explore their inner worlds and to enhance their effectiveness at work and in their relationships. Prospective clients do not need to have a specific "presenting problem" in order to obtain a referral. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns about whether or not psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an appropriate option for you.
How does it work?
There is no universally accepted psychoanalytic theory of mental health and its relation to psychopathology. However, most psychoanalytically informed clinicians share a common focus on emotion, subjective meanings, unconscious experience, dreams, and relationship patterns. There are often many conscious and unconscious dimensions to our experience of ourselves and others. Psychoanalytic therapists aim to create a safe, non-judgmental environment in which clients can explore unarticulated aspects of their experience of self and others.
Although they are based on the same underlying principles, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis proper differ in some basic ways. Psychotherapy typically occurs at a frequency of 1-3 times per week and involves sitting on a chair or couch that is facing the therapist. Psychoanalysis proper typically occurs at a frequency of 3-5 times per week and involves lying down on a couch, with the therapist sitting behind it or off to the side of the room. A brief consultation is recommended to determine which approach is best suited to your needs.
For more specific information about psychoanalytic approaches to mental health and how it might be relevant to your current situation, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free phone consultation.
Is there any scientific evidence?
Rigorous empirical studies at some of the world's leading research universities support the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for a variety of mental health problems. For an accessible overview of this literature, please consult Jonathan Shedler's landmark article, "The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy." The article is available for free download at:
Why should I choose you?
As someone considering psychotherapy, you have a variety of options open to you. There are a number of individual therapists and mental health agencies that advertise themselves as offering an affordable fee. As you might have guessed, the quality of the service varies greatly from one place to the next. As you begin looking for a therapist, you are likely to find some outstanding clinicians, as well as many others who are poorly qualified to address your concerns. By taking advantage of our free consultation service, you will be better prepared to make an informed decision and to find a well-trained therapist who meets your needs.
How do I schedule an intake appointment with you?
To schedule an intake appointment with us, please call (312) 922-7474. Calls are returned the next business day.
What if you are not the best fit for me?
We would first talk with you over the phone to determine your needs and how we can best assist you. Depending on your specific needs, you would have the option of entering therapy with us, or of obtaining a referral to one of the mental health agencies in our referral network.
Do you work with insurance companies?
Yes, we work with many insurance companies, as do many of the therapists in our referral network. For more specific information, please contact us with a copy of your insurance card in hand.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
Yes, we offer a sliding scale that is designed to make therapy affordable to people at all levels of income. In addition, we regularly refer to other therapists in Chicago who offer sliding scale options.
Do you accept Medicare/Medicaid?
We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid. However, a limited number of the clinicians in our referral network do. Please contact us for a referral or to learn more about sliding scale opportunities.
Could you help me find a male/female therapist?
Yes, we work with therapists of both genders, and we would be happy to accommodate your needs.
Can LGBT clients find a suitable therapist here?
Yes, our philosophy is one of respecting the unique individuality of all people. We strive to help each person in a nonjudgemental way to understand and be more comfortable with who they are at their core.
Do you have evening/weekend availability?
Yes, we do have some evening and weekend availability. Please contact us directly to inquire about specific openings.
Where are you located?
We work with clients for initial assessment and ongoing treatment at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The institute is located in the Loop, just across from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
122 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603.
In addition, we work clinicians who have offices throughout downtown Chicago, the North side, Hyde Park, and the surrounding suburbs. Please contact us for information about therapists in your area.
www.chicagoanalysis.org (Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis)
www.chicagopsychoanalyticsociety.org (Chicago Psychoanalytic Society)
www.apsa.org (American Psychoanalytic Association)
www.division39.org (Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association)
www.iarpp.org (The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis)
www.iapsp.org (The International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology)
www.ipa.org.uk (International Psychoanalytic Association)