Robert J. Smith, MSW, LCSW

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, and personal stress.

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 of the Advocate/Aurora Lutheran General Hospital Department of Psychiatry where I was a clinical manager in psychiatry and taught psychotherapy to resident psychiatrists. I am also a professional affiliate staff member through Endeavor/NorthShore University Health Systems where I treat patients referred by primary care physicians and psychiatrists. 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 to June 2017, and continue to provide consultation.

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 addiction treatment settings. My psychotherapy practice includes helping clients in Chicago and the Northern and Northwest suburbs including Skokie, Niles, Park Ridge, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Des Plaines, and throughout Illinois.

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, and solution-oriented therapy.

American Clinical Social Work Association
American Academy of Bereavement
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
American Psychotherapy Association
National Association of Social Workers
National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
International Association of Trauma Professionals
Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois


Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Board Certified Fellow in Psychotherapy
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
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 works at Brightland Health in Chicago.

You may e-mail me here: [email protected]