Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

jonathonsmith.bluer sharperValues and Philosophy

Therapy involves exploration. The focus varies depending on the needs of each client, but exploration is always present in some form. In my work with clients, we sometimes explore their past to identify pivotal moments that shaped them, we sometimes explore the underlying beliefs that influence their perception of the world, and we sometimes explore their routines to identify those habits that are helpful and those that are not. Regardless of the direction and depth of our exploration, I am consistently honored when I am allowed to accompany someone on their journey.

Psychotherapy

There is no single type of therapy that can meet the needs of every client. My goal in the early stages of our work together is to provide information and options about what therapy can look like and what sorts of goals we can work on. We will then collaborate to determine where we should focus our attention, what the best way to work together might be, and how we will know we are making progress.

Though I adapt to the needs of each person, there are some traits and techniques that form the basis of my work with all clients. First, I believe there is tremendous value in telling one’s story aloud and giving voice to thoughts, needs, and desires that are usually left unspoken. For many, a therapist’s office provides an excellent opportunity to do that without fear of judgment or external consequences. As a result, I will likely listen far more than I will talk, especially in our early sessions.

Next, I think the therapy relationship is an excellent opportunity to engage in a type of communication that rarely occurs in other settings. I find it very beneficial to discuss the ways that we communicate within the therapy room so that we can identify the unique nuances in your ways of communicating with others in your life and the potential impact of those nuances.

Third, I approach every new therapy relationship with the belief that you each person is the expert on their own life. Experts sometimes need to seek consultation to help face a new problem or obstacle. My role is primarily to serve as that consultant, to give you a new perspective, to help you identify what has been working and what hasn’t, and to help you consider things you may not have thought important.

Education and Experience

Before joining Live Oak in October of 2015, I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As part of my education, I trained for nine to twelve months each at four separate and diverse agencies. First, I worked for Truman College providing psychological assessment and individual therapy for college students. Next, I worked at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital’s Valeo Intensive Outpatient Program facilitating group therapy sessions and providing individual therapy for LGBTQ individuals dealing with addiction as well as other mental health concerns and problems of daily living. I then worked for the University Counseling Services at DePaul University providing individual therapy and co-facilitating group therapy sessions. Lastly, I worked at Shorehaven Behavioral Health in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, providing individual, couples, and family therapy as well as psychological assessment to clients with a variety of presenting issues.

All of those experiences contributed to my skills as a therapist as well as my appreciation for the varied ways that people utilize their strengths to overcome obstacles. I am thrilled to now be at Live Oak where I am putting my experience to use and continuing to learn and grow both from my work with clients and the support of an excellent community of fellow therapists.

Range of Focus

• Affirmative practice with LGBTQ individuals and families
• Adolescents and adults
• Non-monogamy and polyamory
• Individuals in mixed orientation marriages
• Group therapy
• Adjustment to life transitions
• Relationship issues
• Intimate partner violence
• Depression and mood disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Self-esteem, assertiveness, and confidence

Degrees

• Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL (2015)
• Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL (2012)
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (2009)

Contact Information

773.880.1310 ext. 7293
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1300 W. Belmont Ave., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657

 
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1300 W. Belmont, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657

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773.880.1310 ext. 7293