Robert J. Smith, MSW, LCSW

Transforming Challenges Into Solutions

I have been in full-time private practice since 1999. I provide psychotherapy and counseling to adult clients. The clients I see often experience problems with mental health, coping with and managing medical conditions, trauma, pain, grief and loss, family, marriage, personal, school, job stress, and alcohol and substance abuse

I have specialized psychotherapy training in couples and family therapy, utilizing clinical hypnosis for managing stress, depression, anxiety, pain, and insomnia. I am presently on the Allied Health Staff and Faculty member of the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Department of Psychiatry where I teach psychotherapy, trauma, and clinical ethics to resident psychiatrists. I am also a professional staff member through NorthShore University Health Systems. I was a member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors and the Northeastern Illinois District Chair from July 2015 – June 2017.

I have taught and supervised graduate and post-graduate students in clinical social work, psychology, counseling, and psychiatry through university placement and at community hospitals. I have held management positions in hospital inpatient and outpatient mental health and addictions treatment settings. My psychotherapy practice includes helping clients in Chicago and in the Northern and Northwest suburbs including Skokie, Niles, Park Ridge, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, and Des Plaines.

Education:
Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Social Services from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, 1977
Master of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work from Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work, St. Louis, 1979
Graduate Practicum at Barnes Hospital Department of Social Work/Psychiatry, St. Louis, MO, 1978-1979

Post-graduate training in individual, marital and family therapy, clinical hypnotherapy, sleep disorders, trauma, pain management, gerontology, gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-oriented therapy, and addictions.

Associations:
Academy of Certified Social Workers
American Clinical Social Work Association
American Academy of Bereavement
American Academy of Pain Management
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
American Psychotherapy Association
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
National Association of Forensic Counselors
National Association of Social Workers
National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
International Association of Trauma Professionals
International Society of Trauma and Dissociation

License:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois

Certifications:
Academy of Certified Social Workers
American Academy of Pain Management, Fellow
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Board Certified Fellow in Psychotherapy
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Master Addictions Counselor
NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

I have been married to my wife, Nancy, since 1978, who is a special education teacher and a vision therapist. I have two adult children, Michelle and Daniel. Michelle is married and has two children. She works as a pediatric occupational therapist. My son Daniel. is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, and is my practice partner. My niece, Rachel, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is also my practice partner.

You may e-mail me here: rjsmithpa@gmail.com

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