Lawrence M. Craven, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I am a native Chicagoan, having been born and raised on the South side. I have also lived on the North side and the suburbs, making me familiar with the whole area. I attended public schools and to paraphrase Paul Simon, my years of education haven’t seemed to hurt me none.

I did my undergraduate and graduate work at DePaul University and then worked at Ravenswood Hospital Community Mental Health Center as a staff therapist. Three years later I became the Director of Emergency Services, a position I held for the next 25 years. Currently I work full-time in private practice.

I have worked extensively with individuals, adolescents, couples and families since the early 1970’s. Among the most common problems I treat are depression, anxiety, anger management, poor communication, divorce issues, sexual dysfunction, and gay-lesbian-transgender issues.

My approach to therapy emphasizes helping my clients achieve their goals. I do this by first listening carefully to understand the problem and then working together help my client to make the decisions and changes necessary to resolve the issue. I emphasize my client’s strengths rather than problems and look to the future more than the past.

Finally, I have been married for over 25 years and have 2 adult children and a puppy named Chewie. end

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