25 E. Washington St., Ste. 902
Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 629-0318
Robert R. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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Psychotherapy Services

Psychotherapy has been shown to be tremendously helpful to clients, particularly when they assume an active role and when therapist-client working relationships are strong. As a result of seeking counseling, many clients will experience reduced feelings of distress, solutions to specific concerns, improved relationships and a greater overall sense of fulfillment. For more on my approach to counseling, click here.

My services consist of individual, relationship and group counseling. Although each therapy experience is tailored to clients’ individual needs, the descriptions below provide a general framework for each format.

Individual Counseling 

One-on-one counseling provides the opportunity for concentrated focus on your specific concerns. Every course of individual therapy develops along its own, unique trajectory. However, generally speaking, you can expect the first several appointments to be spent on an assessment of your functioning and on clarification of your needs and goals. Together, we will work to evaluate the potential of our working relationship and determine markers of improvement. The “working phase” of therapy involves development of insight into the source and nature of various difficulties, as well as implementation of a jointly determined action plan designed to bring about the change you seek. Although the frequency of sessions can vary, weekly sessions can help build momentum for change and are, therefore, recommended for beginning clients. Individual therapy sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes.

Couples / Relationship Counseling 

Little can outweigh the importance of the primary love relationships around which we structure our lives. Be they friendships, family relationships or romantic connections, the health of these attachments can have a considerable impact on our happiness, purpose, and sense of belonging. The approach I take in working with couples and relationship partners is based largely on the Gottman Method, a technique designed by researcher-clinicians Drs. John and Julie Gottman. The method is rooted in a deep understanding of what distinguishes successful relationships from those that ultimately fail. I prefer this approach for several reasons:

  • Unlike most approaches to couples/relationship therapy, the Gottman Method is rooted in 30-plus years of highly regarded clinical research.
  • The approach is practical, designed to teach relationship partners specific skills aimed at improving communication, increasing intimacy and deepening friendship.
  • Its intent is to identify and remedy negative interaction patterns while simultaneously helping partners find ways to make conflict constructive—free of the elements that poison the relationship bond.
  • The primary focus in Gottman Method therapy is on dialogue between partners (not between partners and the therapist), helping increase the likelihood that partners can function without the therapist between sessions and after treatment is concluded. 
This psychotherapy model begins with a three-part assessment, during which I meet with partners together and individually. Based on information gathered through interviews and survey questions, partners will receive feedback on their relationship strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as recommendations for improvement. From there, I work closely with partners to determine the structure and goals of the therapy that follows. Relationship counseling sessions are scheduled for 60 to 90 minutes, depending on partners' needs.

Group Counseling 

In group therapy, clients address their difficulties in a confidential setting consisting generally of six to eight clients and one or more therapists. Group counseling is unique in that the format allows for peer support and feedback, a sense of connection and togetherness with others, learning through both participation and observation, and an opportunity to engage in live examination of one's interpersonal functioning. As trust develops among group members, so too do opportunities for more genuine, honest relating with one another. As a result, group members are in a position to experience deepening emotional intimacy, increased self-awareness, and new (often more effective) ways of interacting with others. Groups generally meet weekly for 90 minutes.

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