Dr. Galatzer-Levy is an experienced psychoanalyst with an international reputation for his development of new ideas in psychoanalysis and his many publications. In addition to his in depth work with people of all ages, he also has wide experience as a consultant to colleagues, businesses and at the intersection of law and psychiatry.
Dr. Galatzer-Levy’s approach is highly individualized. Following a careful evaluation he makes recommendation about the course of treatment or other actions that suit the needs of the particular person with whom he is working. His analytic approach focus both in helping the person understand psychological life in depth and offering the opportunity for new experiences of relationship within treatment that promote growth and development. Dr. Galatzer-Levy tends to focus on those aspects of the person that promote resilience and thriving in addition to untangling the psychological difficulties that interfere with the emergence of these capacities.
I help people address a broad range of mental health challenges, but have a special interest in academic and work-related struggles. I believe effective clinical work requires continuous learning and have completed ongoing training in LGBTQ affirmative, trauma informed, and multicultural practice. I find contemporary self and relational psychology helpful in understanding what gets between people and their goals, and have pursued training in this area at several institutes around the country. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I led several education non-profits and oversaw public affairs for a University of Chicago public policy center focused on children and families.
After nearly two decades helping large organizations in the non-profit world make the changes they needed to feel more effective, I decided to help individuals because I think change is an enriching part of life. I like helping people overcome concerns that keep them from embracing change. Using supportive exploration, I will work with you to understand why you feel stuck and unable to move forward. As a social worker, I pay particular attention to the communities and cultures you live in, and I especially enjoy working with the special challenges faced by immigrant families.
I have a BA from Yale University and an MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My psychiatric residency was at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Chief Resident in 4th year). Following that, I completed training as a psychoanalyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.
In addition to clinical practice, I also am on the teaching faculty of the Northwestern University Department of Psychiatry and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, where I am currently Associate Dean. I am a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatrist Association.
I treat the full range of emotional issues in adults. After a careful evaluation, I utilize the best of contemporary psychoanalytic thinking, along with modern psychopharmacology (if indicated) to help patients maximize their psychological growth and development.
Molly Witten, PhD practices Adult & Child Psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and Infant intervention as well as teaching, supervising consultation as a faculty member of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and in the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance, and also supervise through the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. Her clinical interests include development of our minds during infancy, how early development influences our later relationships, and the unfolding of clinical process in treatment. She serves as the Board secretary for CAPA. Finally she is Director of the Parent Child Workshops, a parent-child-peer psychoanalytically informed playgroup for children at risk for disorders of relationship and play.
Dr. Witten uses an integrative, individualized approach. Listening respectfully, and working towards compassionately empathic, honest, potentially transformative therapeutic relationships, she supports development of increased insight into past choices, and creation of different, more satisfying relationships, work, and an enhanced sense of well being. The safety of the therapeutic relationship supports growth of a person’s capacities to explore confusing, painful, or traumatic events. This shared thinking leads to insight regarding multiple meanings of life experiences that have become difficult to understand or resolve. Such insight leads to a more resilient and hopeful, expanded sense of self and choices.
Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Consultation, Other
I trained as a medical doctor, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst. After 25 years, I have concluded that you won’t learn as much about yourself using medications alone. By contrast, in psychoanalytical psychotherapy there is the chance for both containment and transformation. What this means is the possibility for holding difficult emotional experiences while changing limiting personality patterns, restarting development needs, or, facing existential fears like growing up, growing old, and living well. In doing so you achieve enhanced perception or ways of thinking and feeling in the process. You are free then to become your most creative and fulfilled self.
I pay careful attention to what you say and how you say it. We build a library of resources to discover what is the “fine print” behind the many movements of your actions. We learn together what motivates your choices. You teach me how you relate to others and what kinds of conversations you are having with yourself. Once you learn to really listen to yourself and the unconscious questions you raise from within, you can begin to solve your problems, make better choices in your life, and stop avoiding mental pain or difficulties.
Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Consultation, Other
My interest in psychoanalysis began in college when I was challenged by a professor to explain my interest in 19th century thinkers. Since then I have become immersed in the process of change and how it occurs and have utilized that perspective in my clinical work. Along with that my interest in the creative artist and have worked clinically with many artists of different disciplines. The impact of loss of many different kinds has also become a focus for me, including sibling loss, parental loss, and loss of an infant by parents.
My approach begins with a mutual assessment whether the new patient and I can collaborate and are comfortable with each other. Without a sense of an alliance treatment quickly reaches an impasse and flounders. Along with that initial focus on being able to work together I explore the nature of the issues confronting an individual and come to a recommendation about frequency of treatment and use of medication. This portion of my approach is influenced by current psychoanalytic research and the assessment of what works best for whom. Length of treatment is a consideration which is determined by character style, depth of the issues needing treatment and how long the difficulty has been present; treatment can be tailored to the individual and can be weeks to years duration. An active, mutual interaction serves as a foundation for a successful outcome.
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1975. Graduate, Core Adult Program in Psychoanalysis, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 2013. Faculty, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. 3 times President, Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Currently, Metro Local Area Representative, Illinois Psychological Association. Former supervisor at Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago.
My psychoanalytic approach is a combination of Ego and Self Psychologies. In psychotherapy I may use elements of other approaches to psychotherapy as part of treatment. In general I tend to be active rather than passive in my interactions with patients.
I am an experienced competent Board Certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. I am also an academic psychiatrist who is an Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Please check my website listed below for further details.
I approach all of my patients with the immediate concern for relieving troubling symptoms and resolving current life problems. In order to do so, attention is focused on identifying the underlying biological, emotional, and environmental sources of these difficulties.
Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Consultation, Other
I did my psychiatry residency at Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I am currently an Advanced Candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.
I view treatment as a collaboration between myself and the patient. I usually begin with asking the patient what brought them to so see me. After a period of discussing their medical and psychiatric symptoms with attendant history a treatment plan with recommendations is formulated and discussed with the patient. From this, based on my recommendations and the patients wishes, a cause of treatment is developed which can include basic medication management up to and including psychoanalysis or combination thereof.
In choosing psychotherapy, one opens to the pursuit of awareness and authenticity. While this journey is sometimes arduous, most experience a sense of fulfillment previously unknown. Those who choose to see me often wish to uncover barriers which prevent them from living creatively, peacefully, expressively, and authentically. I aim to provide a warm, nonjudgmental atmosphere where individuals feel comfortable exploring all aspects of their being, including hidden dreams and desires. Such exploration is often accompanied with reductions in anxiety, depression, impulsivity, or inhibition.
When we approach what is with friendly curiosity, a space for what may be arises. In this deeply meaningful process, one discovers that the complexities and contradictions inherent in being human can be understood and reintegrated in the therapeutic space.
I am a recent graduate of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
My adult residency in Psychiatry was at Michael Reese. My Psychoanalytic training was at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. I have been a faculty member of the Institute for approximately 30 years. I have a contemporary approach to psychoanalytic treatment.
I am licensed separately as a Clinical Psychologist and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am Core Faculty at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and Faculty at The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Previously, I served as Coordinator of Clinical Training at the Family Institute of Chicago. I’m an award-winning teacher who has led more than 50 graduate and post-graduate classes or seminars in systemically-oriented couple and family psychotherapy and in psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy with individuals and couples. Mental health professionals frequently consult me about their own clients or choose to enter individual or couple psychotherapy with me.
I use a collaborative, “integrative” approach to psychotherapeutic treatment. My clients and I select methods most likely to be effective with the specific problems or issues that are of concern, rather than following a pre-determined course with every problem and every client. The initial focus is usually on the immediate difficulties, yet it is frequently both necessary and useful to determine their sources and ramifications, in service of developing solutions. This customized, in-depth approach increases the chances that the issues can be more fully understood and, importantly, that changes will occur on a fundamental level and last over time.
I am a seasoned psychoanalyst and psychologist and have worked with people from ages 15 to 88. I have worked in the past at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and at CAPPS at the Northwestern Evanston campus. I have training in family and couples therapy. In graduate school and on internship I was exposed to many theories and schools of psychology and psychoanalytic thinking.
I like to look at the whole person in the context of their personal history, cultural background and their current relationships and occupation. I utilize my psychoanalytic training even if the treatment is not an analysis. In terms of psychoanalytic thinking, I am most comfortable with object relations, Self Psychology and relational theories of psychoanalysis. I see psychotherapy as a partnership between the therapist and the person seeking treatment. the therapeutic relationship is crucial to the treatment process.
I’ve been practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults for the past 25 years. I received my PhD from the University of Chicago and trained at the Center for Religion & Psychotherapy, where I now practice and where I have previously been the Director of Training. My first book, nominated for a Gradiva award, has just come out in a revised edition entitled Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind (Routledge, 2018). I enjoy working with people who may find themselves on the margins of the social mainstream, and I’m interested in the spiritual dimension—for better and for worse—of emotional distress.
I see clients once or twice a week, and am most influenced by the relational school of psychoanalysis. This form of therapy sees our symptoms as aspects of ourselves of which we may not be fully aware; aspects which are often holdovers from earlier stages in our emotional development, where we became stymied by particular challenges which were never fully resolved. In therapy we build a relationship of trust where we can encounter and put into words the emotional “stuckness” that our symptoms represent. This helps us better resolve and integrate our challenges, and thus better engage more fully with the world around us.