David RakofskyDavid Rakofsky, President of Wellington Counseling Group, is a licensed clinical psychologist with vast expertise helping clients work through a range of issues and challenges. His experience includes work with depression, anxiety, relationship struggles and communication issues in traditional as well as non-traditional families. He also has special experience working with men at mid-life crossroads and hosts a weekly men's group for this audience, focusing on topics such as career development and maintaining a healthy, relational life. Dr. Rakofsky approaches all of his work within the framework of helping clients realize their goals. “I am honored when patients see me as part of their plan for growth, especially when faced with a crisis or transformative struggle,” says Dr. Rakofsky. “My mission is to help people build the lives they want to live.”

Dr. Rakofsky has an extensive background in the Chicago area. In private practice since 2005, he has created a boutique practice of highly skilled psychotherapists, each one with substantial experience in a different area. At the same time, Dr. Rakofsky has taken on a variety of important leadership roles in both public and private mental health agencies. In 2008, he spearheaded a groundbreaking emotional support and therapy training program at the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Working to bring a new dimension of care to the Lighthouse community, he concurrently researched new interdisciplinary treatments in rehabilitation and adjustment to blindness with his colleagues in that world-renowned organization. Dr. Rakofsky also has developed and directed programs for training the next generation of psychologists at several Chicago clinics and hospitals including: Uptown Training Consortium, Methodist Hospital of Chicago, Thorek Memorial Hospital, and Regional Mental Health Center in Lake County, Indiana.

Recognized as an expert in his field, Dr. Rakofsky consults in many different segments of the community. He speaks publicly on topics including Seasonal Depression, Law Enforcement's Interface with Mental Illness, and Rebuilding Lives After Progressive Vision Loss. Dr. Rakofsky is a published author in the field of psychology and disabilities, and has also provided guidance as a psychologist to a variety of creative ventures. They include the recent children’s book, “Fly Danny, Fly,” and the play, Girl, 20. Dr. Rakofsky holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago and an M.A. in Adult Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religion from Syracuse University.

Dr. Rakofsky makes his home in Chicago with his family. When he is not working, he enjoys the arts, films, playing and performing music, cycling, and spending time with his children.