• Verified
  • Licensed in Illinois

Dr. Jonathan Smith

  • PsyD

Andersonville Psychology

Medication

No, I cannot prescribe

Patient Age Preferences

  • 18–64
  • 65+

Accepted Insurance Providers

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
  • ValueOptions

Rate Per Session

$160

Call

(773) 985-8746

Specialty

Trauma

I utilize a trauma-informed lens which helps me to recognize the pervasive effects of many forms of trauma. While our work together may or may not focus specifically on your traumatic experiences, we can work together to develop a better understanding of how your history has impacted you. Beyond being trauma-informed, I am also trained in specific modalities that are helpful in the resolution of trauma reactions. These include Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Anxiety

Anxiety can rob us of sleep, interfere with our relationships, hamper our productivity, and keep us from trying new things. I will help you to develop an understanding of what triggers your anxiety and what may be underlying it, and to develop strategies that will help you manage both chronic and acute anxiety. There are many techniques and treatments for anxiety disorders, but none of them are effective or feasible for everyone. Together, you and I will develop a plan to overcome the obstacles that anxiety puts in your way.

Depression

Depression is a vicious circle. Depressed moods lead us to isolate, to interpret things people say negatively, and to lose hope that things can ever get better. That isolation, negative interpretation, and hopelessness serve to strengthen our depressive moods. Even mild forms of Depression can have a tremendous impact on an individual's functioning, productivity, and quality of life. Whether you are managing depression following a specific life event or dealing with a more chronic depressive condition, I can help you interrupt the depressive cycle and start feeling better.

Gender and Sexuality

The diversity of sexuality is one of the most fascinating aspects of the human experience. I have experience working with clients who are members of the LGBTQ communities, who are in non-monogamous and/or polyamorous relationships, members of the Kink community, and those who are questioning or unsure of their sexual orientation or identity. Regardless of the concerns, I approach issues related to sexuality with respect and a lack of judgment. Whether issues related to your sexuality are primary concerns for you or you have other issues but want to be comfortable discussing all aspects of your life with your therapist, I am confident that I can provide you a safe space to discuss your needs.

About

Jonathan Smith

Therapy involves exploration. The focus varies depending on the needs of each client, but exploration is always present in some form. In my work with clients, we sometimes explore their past to identify pivotal moments that shaped them, we sometimes explore the underlying beliefs that influence their perception of the world, and we sometimes explore their routines to identify those habits that are helpful and those that are not. Regardless of the direction and depth of our exploration, I am consistently honored when I am allowed to accompany someone on their journey.

There is no single type of therapy that can meet the needs of every client, couple, or family. My goal in the early stages of our work together is to provide information and options about what therapy can look like and what sorts of goals we can work on. We will then collaborate to determine where we should focus our attention, what the best way to work together might be, and how we will know we are making progress.

Though I adapt to the needs of each individual, couple, or family, there are some traits and techniques that form the basis of my work with all clients. First, I believe there is tremendous value in telling one’s story aloud and giving voice to thoughts, needs, and desires that are usually left unspoken. For many, a therapist’s office provides an excellent opportunity to do that without fear of judgment or external consequences. As a result, I will likely listen far more than I will talk, especially in our early sessions.

Next, I think the therapy relationship is an excellent opportunity to engage in a type of communication that rarely occurs in other settings. I find it very beneficial to discuss the ways that we communicate within the therapy room so that we can identify the unique nuances in your ways of communicating with others in your life and the potential impact of those nuances.

Third, I approach every new therapy relationship with the belief that you each person is the expert on their own life. Experts sometimes need to seek consultation to help face a new problem or obstacle. My role is primarily to serve as that consultant, to give you a new perspective, to help you identify what has been working and what hasn’t, and to help you consider things you may not have thought important.

Jonathan Smith

(773) 985-8746