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Our Approach

Underlying everything we do is an absolute commitment to caring about each individual client as a unique person, deserving respect. We believe the foundation of all successful therapy, counseling, coaching and mentoring is a warm and empathic relationship between therapist and client, and we do everything we can to forge and maintain a strong bond. We “make it our business” to understand each client as he or she wishes to be understood, and to put his or her welfare above all else – without judging, shaming or blaming.

We believe counseling works best if it is done in partnership between the client and the counselor. Our clients are the best experts on themselves, and the best healers of themselves. Our job is to help our clients develop their self-expertise and self-healing power so they can create more enriching, fulfilling and satisfying lives and relationships for themselves. We believe change for the better is possible for every client who is willing to invest the time and effort into working with us to achieve it. We always have hope – even when our client does not. At all times, the client determines the goals that he or she is hoping to accomplish; we provide help, but we never substitute our judgment for that of the client. Collaboratively, we plan a course of action and see it through.

Our approach to counseling and therapy is generally based on a “psychodynamic” orientation – that is, we understand that the way individuals deal with other people and events in their lives involves both conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings, and we consider that what happens in the “here-and-now” is often related to the expectations and ways of being and relating to others that people have developed based upon their previous, often early, life experiences. Our practice is also informed by concepts from “cognitive” theory, which suggests that the meaning we make of what we experience in our daily lives, and how we think, feel and act, are based upon the information we take in and the ways we process and make use of that information, which are in turn influenced by certain core beliefs we previously developed about ourselves, the world, and our future. Improvements in our lives can be accomplished when we achieve a fuller understanding of what we are feeling and experiencing, of the deeper meanings of our experiences, of the choices we actually have available, and of the strengths that already lie within us and which we have the power to use.

 

 

Contact Information

To learn more, arrange for a confidential consultation, or just to talk, please contact:

Alan M. Levin, JD, MA, LCSW
847-209-4440

Gayle L. Victor, JD, MSW
312-209-4230

Steve Wallman, LCSW
773-255-8189