The staff of the Center consists of experienced clinicians trained in
psychodynamic psychotherapy and in the engagement of the spiritual and
religious dynamics of human experience. Each member of the staff holds a
master's or doctoral degree from a major university or seminary,
has engaged in extensive clinical training. All staff members are licensed
by the state of Illinois as Clinical Professional Counselors, Clinical
Social Workers, or Psychologists. Several staff members are, in addition,
certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Members of
the staff represent a variety of different faiths and approaches to religious
and spiritual life. The intake coordinator will see that you are referred to a
therapist whose orientation best fits your needs.
Gilbert W. Bowen is a Presbyterian minister. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary,
from which he received the M.Div. and, later, the D.Min, Dr. Bowen served various
congregations across the Midwest and in Germany. He retired in 2007, after serving as Senior
Minister of Kenilworth Union Church for 37 years. He is the author of six books. Early in
his career Dr. Bowen sought to enhance his skills in pastoral counseling and, toward that
end, enrolled in the education program at CRPC. He completed the program and received the
Center's Training Certificate. Dr. Bowen was Chair of the CRPC Board in the 80's, until
his expanded church duties made that impossible. Since his retirement he has rejoined
Celia Brickman received her Ph.D. in Religion and Psychology from the
University of Chicago’s Divinity School. She has been practicing psychotherapy
for over fifteen years, dealing with the challenges of anxiety, depression,
loss, and grief and with issues of identity, gender, vocation, and
spirituality. She is a faculty member of CRPC’s Education Program and the author
of Aboriginal Populations in the Mind: Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis,
as well as numerous other articles. She is a member of the American Counseling
Association, Division 39 (division of psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological
Association, the Illinois Mental Health Counselors’ Association, and the
American Academy of Religion.
Catherine Burris-Schnur, D.Min., L.C.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9179
Catherine Burris-Schnur has a deep passion for clinical work and came to the field
of psychotherapy after many years of administrative roles in various medical centers.
She graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Chicago Theological
Seminary, and received a certificate from CRPC's Education Program in Self
Psychology and Religion. Catherine is an ordained minister of the American
Baptist Churches, USA. She served as an officer for eight years in various
capacities, which included four years as President of the American Baptist
Churches of Metro Chicago. In 2015, the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago
honored Catherine with the Elmer H. Johnson Award for Exemplary Service. Catherine
is the Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago,
and serves on the faculty, teaching the Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
course and Counseling Techniques: Integrative Case Conference. She is also an
adjunct faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Loyola
University of Chicago. She works with adult individuals and couples, and has
particular interest in feminist issues, the challenges within the church for
clergy, the integration of Self Psychology and religion, and depth psychology.
With Catherine's numerous years of administrative experience, she works closely
with executives in faith-based and other professional settings. Catherine also
periodically co-facilitates a clergy consultation group at the Center. She has
office hours in the Loop and in Evanston.
Constance Goldberg, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.
Constance Goldberg is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University School of
Social Work. She was a social worker at the Institute for Juvenile Research from 1964-1968
and at the clinic of the Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago from 1968-1978. She has
been on the Board of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy since 1978 where she has
also served on the faculty and as a clinical consultant. She was a Founding Board member
of the Institute for Clinical Social Work of Chicago in 1980 and continues on its faculty.
She has published several articles on the application of Self Psychology to psychotherapy
and has written and presented on the interface between therapy and spirituality. She has
been in full time private practice since 1983.
Gloria Grasse, Ph.D. (ABD)
312-263-4368, ext. 9082
Gloria Grasse comes to her work at CRPC after a career in the performing arts. She
has a particular interest in the impact of the creative process on the psychological
and spiritual transformation of individuals. Gloria recently worked with homeless and
marginalized individuals in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. She has a master of
arts in pastoral care and counseling from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
where she is completing a PhD in pastoral theology, personality and culture. Her
research addresses the concept of the Divine as it relates to groups and individuals
struggling with trauma. Gloria has been working with couples and individuals for
five years. She works with clients around issues of identity, vocation and the
creative process. Gloria has worked extensively with individuals in recovery from
addiction as well as abuse survivors; addressing their experiences with anxiety and
depression while working toward the development of life-giving skills.
Devan is currently in his seventh year at CRPC, where he received the Advanced Certificate
in Self Psychology and Religion from CRPC's Education Program, of which he is now the
Administrative Co-Director. He has completed advanced degrees in the study of religion,
psychology, and philosophical theology from Yale University and the Chicago Theological
Seminary. He is currently completing requirements toward a PhD at the Institute for
Clinical Social Work. Devan employs psychodynamic methods with a focus on insight and
healthy emotional regulation practices. Devan works with people of all racial and ethnic
backgrounds, but has extensive experience with those who identify as LGBTQ people of faith.
He is the founder of the God and Gays Therapy Project, which organizes special emotional
and spiritual wellness retreats for this population (see www.theggtp.com). For more
information regarding Devan's background, skills, treatment methods, and fee schedule,
see his website.
Cynthia Lindner, D. Min., L.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9077
Cynthia Lindner has worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain, and pastoral psychotherapist
for over 20 years. She received her D. Min from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School,
and her M.A. in marriage and family therapy from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon.
She is currently Director of Ministry Studies at the Divinity School and teaches classes in
preaching and pastoral care. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families; enjoys
engaging youth and young adults around issues of identity, relationship and vocation; has
worked extensively with ministers around issues of religious leadership and the
intersection of professional and personal life; and with women around issues of identity,
empowerment, depression and loss. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ).
Thomas J. Litwiler, J.D.
Thomas J. Litwiler is a founding partner of Fletcher & Sippel LLC, where he practices
primarily in the area of railroad regulatory law. He is a graduate of Northwestern
University School of Law in Chicago and Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
He serves as the treasurer of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, and acts
as general counsel for the American Baptist Historical Society in Atlanta, Georgia.
Margaret L. Mason has a broad background in the arts, education and psychotherapy. Margaret
brings specialized knowledge of the body-mind connection to her clinical work with adults
individuals and couples. She is skilled in helping with depression, anxiety, relationship
issues, identity issues, grief, lossand issues related to aging. Margaret is a Licensed
Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Workshop
Presenter, and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Her formal education includes
Master’s Degrees from Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago. Margaret also
completed the CRPC’s training program in Self Psychology and Religion and currently
supervises students in that program. Margaret was formerly on the faculty of the graduate
Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College Chicago and the
University of Illinois. She also taught in the “Expressive Arts and Creativity
Concentration” at the Chicago Professional School of Psychology. Margaret has
offices in the Loop and in LaGrange, Illinois.
Timothy O’Connell, Ph.D.
Timothy O’Connell, president of the board, is professor of ethics in the Quinlan School
of Business and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. During his
Loyola career he has also served in various administrative capacities, including ten years
as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. The author of twelve books and over fifty articles,
he is a nationally known expert in business ethics, professional ethics and the role of
values in organizational life.
Doug Petersen, M.Th.
Douglas L. Petersen is a retired Presbyterian minister, who is Pastor Emeritus of The First
Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor, MI. He is a former member of the staff of CRPC, where
he trained and became the clinical coordinator in 1972. He holds a Masters Degree in
Theology and a Bachelor's in Psychology from The University of Chicago. His professional
career included service as a pastor, pastoral counselor and church consultant.
Lallene Rector, M.T.S., Ph.D.
In January 2014, Dr. Lallene J. Rector became president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological
Seminary located in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Rector has been a faculty member since 1986
and held the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2006-2013.
Dr. Rector received a BA in psychology and religion from Texas Christian University, an
MTS from Boston University’s School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in psychology of religion from
Boston University’s Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences in 1986. She received
clinical training in pastoral psychotherapy at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of
Chicago, and subsequently trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in
Chicago. Dr. Rector is a United Methodist layperson and serves the national church on a
number of committees related to education and ministry.