Psychotherapist

Erich 300x255Constructing Change

...unburdening yourself to create a new life.

Values and Philosophy

I believe that as we grow and evolve, our connections with ourselves, others and the world around us can become deeper and more fulfilling. However, when we are under stress, in a relationship crisis, or feel anxious or depressed, our connections to our loved ones and to ourselves is limited. We may be unable to communicate, feel angry, lack energy and feel overwhelmed. In order to relieve life's pressures, it is important to slow down, and become more self-aware----reconnecting with ourselves once again. Counseling fosters trust, and is a process that promotes change and growth. In our work together, we will identify the areas of your life that you would like to improve.

Training and Experience

I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Concordia University, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. I utilize an integrative approach to therapy, combining cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness strategies with interpersonal theories. We will work together to develop techniques, skills and new ways of looking at obstacles as opportunities.

Range of Focus
  • Affirmative practice with LGBTQ Individuals and Families
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Domestic violence/abuse
  • Trauma
  • Children and Family Therapy
  • Life Transitions
Group Facilitation

I facilitate an on-going psychotherapy group for gay men seeking to establish, enhance, or maintain relationships with other gay men. This group provides a safe and supportive environment, allowing members to attend to how they form and maintain relationships as well as learn ways to establish greater intimacy and closeness.

Community Outreach

Not the Bars - I co-created a web-based meeting place for gay men who are looking for ways to connect to other gay men outside of the bar scene. Not the Bars provides an outlet for single or coupled members to post or respond to event-based activities such as theater, picnics, dog park rendezvous or dinner parties. Visit http://www.notthebars.com to join today. Also, see a feature article from TimeOut Chicago: http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/gay/19345/bar-none

CONNECTED - I co-created this monthly seminar series which invites gay men to gather in a casual yet structured setting to discuss identity, self-esteem, dating and relationships, sex, family, and masculinity. "Connected" provides both a setting for reflection and knowledge exchange and an opportunity for social connection.

Degrees and Certifications

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1993—Concordia University
Master Degree in Clinical Social Work, 1995—University of Central Florida
Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997—Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Certificate in Domestic Violence, 2001—Battered Women's Network
Certificate in Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ Individuals and their Families, 2005—Live Oak, Inc.

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, Friday: (30 N. Michigan Ave) 12:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657

30 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 508
Chicago, IL 60602

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773.880.1310 ext. 83