Psychotherapist and Intake Specialist

robertmendezorig“Remember that no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths.” ~Sonia Sotomayor

Values and Philosophy

I value empathy; awareness and respect for our differences; as well as care and patience for our unique paths in life and the time it takes to travel down them. We are individuals who belong to many different systems and cultures in our society. Therefore, it is my goal to help you identify and acknowledge how these systems and cultures impact you and your mental health. Together, we will draw from your personal strengths as well as those from your culture and use them to support and encourage you to be the best version of yourself.

Training and Experience

I received my Bachelors in Business Development from DePaul University and my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While attending school for Business Development, I volunteered at a community center where I helped set up programs for survivors of domestic violence and poverty. This was my introduction into the community mental health and psychology field. A few years later, I went back for my Masters in Counseling Psychology, where I trained at Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Intensive Outpatient Unit as well as the Inpatient Unit. Here I developed my skills working with a wide range of individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual abuse, alcohol and substance abuse, thought disorders, career changers, and people whom identify as part of the LGBTQ community. I facilitated group therapy as well as individual sessions. During this training, I assisted in conducting research and presentations on the psychological and interpersonal affects of race, gender, and sexual orientation discrimination on individuals and their communities. I am currently a Fellow at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Range of Focus
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Couples
  • Affirmative Therapy with LGBTQ Identified Individuals and Families
  • Depression, Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Thought Disorders
  • Racial/Ethnic and Gender Identity Development
  • Career Changers
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Self-esteem and Self-confidence building
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

 

Publications

Salas-Pizaña, S.S., Perez-Chavez, J.G., & Mendez, R.L. (2016). Standing strong: Latino/as sustained by roots of connectedness, knowledge, and wisdom. In H.Y. Adames & N.Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Cultural foundations and interventions in Latino/a mental health: History, theory, and within group differences. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Professional Presentations

Mendez, R.L., Velasco, E., Concepcion, M., Adames, H.Y., & Chavez-Dueñas, N.Y. (2016). Immigration photo narratives: #UndocumentedUnafraid and #Not1More, a pilot study. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Teachers College Columbia University, Winter Roundtable Conference. New York, NY.

Mendez, R.L. (2016). Preparing for your first clinical internship. Question and answer discussion presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, IL.

Degrees

M.A. Chicago School of Professional Psychology 2016—Counseling Psychology
B.A. DePaul University 2013—Business Development

Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor Certification (pending)

Office Hours
  • Mondays: Morning, Afternoons, and Evenings (Belmont)
  • Tuesdays: Mornings (Belmont)
  • Wednesdays: Afternoons and Evenings (Uptown)
  • Thursdays: Evenings (Belmont)
  • Fridays: Mornings and Afternoons (Downtown)
  • Saturdays: Mornings and Afternoons (Downtown)
Contact Information
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773.880.1310 ext. 7296