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Mary Adler:LCSW, MSW,Loyola University, 1986. An acknowledged expert in stress management, Mary has completed extensive postgraduate training through Roosevelt University's Stress Institute as well as the Biofeedback Training Institute, and is a certified Stress Educator. She combines a gentle touch, a sense of humor, and many years of experience as a psychotherapist with a scientific and educational approach to the reduction of the physical and emotional symptoms of stress.
Gloria Graff: LCSW, MSW,University of Chicago, 1976, Vice President, founder of Partners for Change, LLC.
Highly skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Gloria believes that when people come to a therapist for help, they want more than insight; they need a smart assertive ally. She is an active, warm, cognitive behavioral therapist with 25+ years of experience. Many of her clients are recommended by other clients. Gloria is an expert in helping people identify their goals, analyze their environment, build their confidence, and implement healthy choices. In addition to assisting clients with job stress, depression, anxiety, communication problems, grief, adult ADD, eating disorders, addictions, dealing with aging parents, infertility, and loss, Gloria is a marital and premarital therapist, executive coach (strategic job coaching), divorce coach, and grief counselor.
Bill Graston: LCSW, MSW, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984.
Bill's thoughtful soothing demeanor, combined with his honest directness, makes him an excellent role model for male clients who struggle with being both powerful and emotionally expressive. Bill’s female clients often remark that “it is wonderful to have a man who finally listens to what I’m saying!”In focusing upon his clients' current situations within the context of their life histories, Bill helps individuals and couples discover new perspectives and options and feel more empowered. Bill works with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, loss, anger management, adult children of alcoholics, and is skilled at executive coaching. He is especially adept at helping people identify and express their feelings and improve intimate relationships.
Gregg Kitzis:LCSW, MSW, University of Illinois
Gregg is a specialist in family and marital therapy. A warm, engaging and humorous therapist with post-graduate training in Bowen Family Systems Theory, Gregg provides clients with a calm, thoughtful setting. Focusing on the effects of relationships on emotional and physical health, Gregg helps clients realize their potential for growth when dealing with anxiety, depression, conflict, loneliness, addiction and the many challenges of being human.
Connie Pfiffner: LCSW, MA, University of Iowa, 1972, MSW, University of Illinois, 1995. Connie helps people understand and change their responses to the stressors in their family and work environments. Connie is an active, compassionate therapist with extensive life and clinical experience. She provides the support, energy, integrity, and humor that allow clients to step back, see the broader picture, grow, and make smart choices. Her areas of focus include women's issues, parenting, relationship concerns, self-esteem, anxiety, mid-life transition, depression, and couples work.
Jeffrey Shore: LCSW, MSW, University of Chicago, 1976, President, founder of Partners for Change, LLC.
As a consultant, mentor and therapist for numerous mental health professionals, Jeff is well-known and respected within the Chicago professional community. For many years, he has helped individuals and couples improve the quality of their lives. He forms strong therapeutic partnerships, laced with humor, gentleness, thoughtful confrontation, and the belief that people have the right, responsibility, and capacity to decide how they want to live. Jeff often serves as an executive coach for attorneys, physicians, accountants and other professionals.
When informed individuals seek a highly experienced, well trained, licensed psychotherapist, marital therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist in downtown Chicago, they are often recommended to and choose Partners for Change, LLC.
Partners for Change, LLC is conveniently located in the downtown Chicago loop, within a few blocks of zip codes 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60610 and 60611. We are directly accessible to the Chicago Pedway through the Macy’s Pedway annex.