Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago

Psychotherapy and Counseling Services

Clinical staff at the Center offer a range of clinical services for individuals and couples, ranging from short-term, problem-focused counseling to long-term, in-depth psychotherapy. People come to the Center from the Chicagoland area, representing a variety of social, economic, ethnic, racial, and both religious and non-religious backgrounds. People seek counseling and psychotherapy at the Center for a variety of reasons, including:

  • anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges
  • difficulties in relationships
  • religious or spiritual concerns
  • couples counseling, marital, and premarital counseling
  • LGBTQI concerns
  • recent or unexpected life changes
  • feelings of loss, sadness, or grief
  • feelings of isolation, emptiness, or meaninglessness
  • difficulties in achieving goals
  • self-doubt

Individual Therapy

Individual psychotherapy is usually provided on a weekly or twice-weekly basis, and can often run between 45 to 55 minutes, depending on your needs and circumstances. We recognize how important it is to find the right therapist. Our intake staff will assist you through this process and answer any questions you may have, in order to help you make the right decisions as you proceed.

Our intake process will take you through the following steps:

  1. After reaching out to us, a member of our intake staff will contact you in the manner you have specified from your initial inquiry (i.e., phone or email).
  2. During this initial interview, our intake staff will invite you to speak to the concerns that bring you to us and to your treatment preferences. This will help us to link you with the best options for your care.
  3. One of our staff therapists will then contact you to arrange an initial consultation, which will help both you and your therapist get a more thorough sense of the circumstances that bring you to seek psychotherapy. This initial consultation can also be very helpful in the process of making sure there is a good “fit” between you and your therapist.

If you are interested in pursuing treatment with us, or even if you just have questions, please click here to make an appointment.

Couples Therapy

Couples often request psychotherapy with us, seeking services for an number of significant concerns, problems, or other important needs. These can involve improving or developing the overall quality of a relationship to undertaking pre-marital counseling. We welcome couples of any variety, including those of both the same or opposite sex, as well as those who are engaged, married, or otherwise partnered.

The Center for Religion & Psychotherapy of Chicago is also unique in that we can offer specialized Imago therapy treatment for couples. For more about this option, click here to make an appointment.

Our intake process will take you through the following steps:

  1. After reaching out to us, a member of our intake staff will contact you in the manner you have specified from your initial inquiry (i.e., phone or email).
  2. During this initial interview, our intake staff will invite you to speak to the concerns that bring you to us and to your treatment preferences. This will help us to link you with the best options for your care.
  3. One of our staff therapists will then contact you to arrange an initial consultation, which will help both you and your therapist get a more thorough sense of the circumstances that bring you to seek psychotherapy. This initial consultation can also be very helpful in the process of making sure there is a good “fit” between you and your therapist.

If you are interested in pursuing treatment with us, or even if you just have questions, please contact us.

The Clinic at CRPC

Now in its fourth year, the “Clinic” represents one of the unique aspects of our treatment services. In this setting, adult clients can receive long-term, psychodynamic psychotherapy on a low-to-no fee basis, depending on one’s financial circumstances. The “Clinic” is staffed by talented interns and fellows from CRPC’s rigorous training program, blending the study of spiritual and/or religious experience with the study of contemporary psychoanalysis and Self Psychology. They are clergy and mental health professionals, seeking to deepen and broaden their clinical skills, as well as doctoral and masters-level students, who join us from the esteemed clinical programs of the theological seminaries in the Chicago area.The interns receive regular supervision by staff and faculty members of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy.

As an institution committed to its diversity, we are dedicated to making our unique services available to people of all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds, including those who identify as atheist or of “no faith.” We likewise openly welcome those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or intersex, or who prefer other gender or sexual distinctions.

For more about this option, click here to make an appointment.

Groups

Periodically we offer various psychotherapy groups. These include a Body/Mind/Movement Psychotherapy Group, Couples Group, a Grief and Loss Group, a LGBTQI People of Faith Group, and a Clergy Consultation Group.

  • Body, Mind, and Movement Group and/or the Couples Group Therapy – Margaret Mason
  • Grief and Loss Group – Gloria Grasse
  • Clergy Consultation Group – Catherine Burris-Schnur
  • The God and Gays Therapy Project – Devan M. Hite

For more about this option, click here to make an appointment.

Consultation and Supervision

The Center offers consultative services to individuals, couples, and groups, including churches, synagogues, mosques, and other organizations. Staff members present workshops, retreats, lectures, or presentations on a variety of topics related to the spiritual and psychological dimensions of many life issues. In addition, staff members are available as a resource in crisis situations that may emerge within the congregational setting. Staff members also provide professional supervision for mental health counselors.

For more about this option, click here to make an appointment.