Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Niles, IL

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Robert Smith, LCSW

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Find Solutions to Your Concerns in a Safe Confidential Place
Robert J. Smith, LCSW
My approach to therapy is to at first listen to and understand the issues that are most important to you. Your feelings are valid, and I want to understand you and the concerns that you have.

My role is to guide you in finding new solutions to problems, new ways in which to view issues, and to increase the possible options about how to address your concerns. I believe that therapy is a partnership. We can work together to identify what is concerning you, what you want to change, and to set realistic goals.

We can discuss a time frame for therapy. Some people want short-term specific goal oriented therapy. You might need to address something that is currently occurring that is very troublesome. There may be specific life issues or problems that you are experiencing for which you want relief or to become unstuck. Some of these issues might be related to family, marital, or other relationship problems, anxiety, grief, employment, or other life issues and stressors.

You may want longer-term therapy. Perhaps you are looking for support in managing and coping with a chronic medical condition, pain, mental health issues, a loss, trauma, or alcohol and substance abuse. Whatever your issues and concerns, we can work together to meet your specific needs.

I wish to offer you a safe, quiet, pleasant atmosphere in which to discuss your personal concerns. All information discussed is kept strictly confidential under the State of Illinois and Federal HIPAA Laws.

Feel free to contact me with your questions and to further inquire about whether I am the right therapist for you.
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Addiction  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Men's Issues
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Teletherapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self-Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)  Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)

Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Social Services from Bradley University in 1977

Master of Social Work degree from Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work in 1979

Graduate Practicum at Barnes Hospital Department of Psychiatry, St. Louis, MO 1978-1979

Post-graduate training in clinical hypnotherapy, sleep disorders, stress and pain management, gerontology, gestalt therapy, marital and family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution oriented therapy, pain management, and addictions.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois


Academy of Certified Social Workers
American Academy of Pain Management, Fellow
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy
Board Certified Fellow in Psychotherapy
Certified Master Social Work Addiction Counselor
Certified Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology
NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Special Credential:

United States Department of Transportation Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
I am Licensed and have a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with 31 years of clinical experience working with people of all ages. The patients I see often experience problems with family, marriage, couples, and other relationships, personal and job stress, pain, mental health, coping and managing medical conditions, and alcohol and substance abuse.

I have specialized training in utilizing clinical hypnosis for managing stress, anxiety, pain, phobias, personal performance, and insomnia. I also hold Fellowship status in psychotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy, and pain management, certification in gerontological social work, and national certification in addictions. I am also credentialed as a Substance Abuse Professional for the Department of Transportation Evaluations.

I have taught and supervised graduate and post-graduate students in clinical social work, psychology, counseling and psychiatry through university placement and at community hospitals. I have held management positions in inpatient and outpatient mental health and addictions treatment settings.
American Academy of Bereveavement
American Academy of Pain Management
American Board of Addiction Examiners
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
American Psychotherapy Association
American Substance Abuse Professionals
National Association of Social Workers
National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
The Gerontological Society of America
Payments Accepted
Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Check, Insurance
Hours:M-Th 9am-7pm; Fri-8am-5pm; Sa-8am-1pm
License:149-000032 IL
241 Golf Mill Center
Suite 708
NilesIL 60714