Treatment Specialties and Clinical Interests: As a psychotherapist, I work with people in all stages of life to help them understand themselves better and feel more balanced, healthy and confident. I have extensive experience working with a wide variety of issues. I am especially interested, though, in helping people through periods of transition from dating, marriage and children to career changes, affairs, divorce, illness and bereavement.

Susan SilverThrough my own personal and professional experience, I have developed a broad background in family advocacy, especially in adoption, surrogacy, learning differences and disability issues, and the many ways this affects children and their families. These are areas in which I have written and taught extensively.

I also enjoy working with adolescents and young adults to help them recognize their great potential. I help them find their own way through the many unknowns they face in today’s increasingly complicated world, and I help them develop the inner resources to be happy, effective people and to create the lives they want.

Other areas of experience include career transitions, adaptations to today’s job market and developing interviewing skills. In addition, I have had the distinct honor of counseling many members of the clergy through years of community service, and have felt very enriched by this work.

Clinical Approach: My goal is to help clients make sense of their relationships, emotions and view of the world. I strongly believe in using whatever method – or combination of methods – is most effective with each client. Many issues – a child’s behavioral problems or an adult’s anxiety attacks – can often be resolved with a short- term targeted approach.

There are many situations in which people just need another voice in their lives – as a sounding board, a champion, or a supportive presence – to help them develop awareness and be a catalyst for change. I see myself as being that other voice. Sometimes feeling better is as simple as knowing that another person is there to listen. I seek to create a warm, collaborative, empathetic and genuine environment that is conducive to drawing out insight and inviting change.

Education: I hold a master’s degree in community counseling from Argosy University in Chicago and an MBA, specializing in organizational and psychological behavior, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. I completed a psychoanalytic fellowship at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and a post-graduate fellowship at Live Oak Counseling, with emphasis on trauma and the LGBTQI community. At Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, I worked with adult and child patients in a community mental health setting and facilitated individual psychotherapy and support groups. Many of my clients there had experienced trauma and abuse throughout their lives.

Personal Interests: In my spare time, I am a presenter and mentor for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. I volunteer with several local not-for-profits including the JUF Uptown Café and The Night Ministry, both anti-hunger programs. I am the founder of the Illinois Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and serve as liaison for Illinois families. I love spending time with my family and enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, tennis, movies, and learning new languages.

Services Offered

Family and Child