James G. O’Keefe,
M.S., J.D., L.C.P.C., C.G.P., N.B.C.C.H.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Jim O'KeefeJames O’Keefe is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents in individual, couple’s, family and group therapy. In 1979, he received his M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from George Williams College. He has worked in community mental health as a staff therapist and as an Emergency Room psychiatric crisis worker for Ravenswood Hospital Community Mental Health Center. He was also a therapist in the Sexual Dysfunction Treatment Program at the mental health center. In addition to his M.S. degree, Mr. O’Keefe has a law degree from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law where he graduated with high honors.

While on staff at RHCMHC, Mr. O’Keefe supervised the group therapy program, where he introduced Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training groups. He also acted as a primary clinical supervisor for psychology externs and taught and supervised over 300 students in Emergency Room crisis intervention. Mr. O’Keefe was trainer and consultant to the Ravenswood Community Connections aftercare program in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

In 1999, Mr. O’Keefe co-founded Integrated Life Services, L.L.C., a private psychotherapy practice with Lawrence Craven, Ph.D. and Sarah Kallick, Psy.D.

Areas of interest for Mr. O’Keefe include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, clinical hypnosis, sexual dysfunction therapy, pain management, crisis intervention and the application of mindfulness principles to the healing and growth process. He has given numerous professional trainings on the clinical uses of mindfulness. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Mr. O’Keefe believes it is the task of the psychotherapist to assist the individual in nurturing his/her psychological, physical and spiritual health. From his perspective, an essential goal of therapy needs to be the balancing of self-acceptance with the ability to make desired changes, so that the individual may decrease suffering and increase life’s satisfaction and enjoyment.

Mr. O’Keefe grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has lived in the Chicago area for over 30 years. He has been married for 35 years. His wife is a clinical social worker. They have a son who is a music teacher.

Mr. O’Keefe is available for consultation and training.  end

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