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A small private practice offering depth psychological therapy

Meet our therapists

Douglas Medgyesi, Psy.D.

John Knapp Psychologist
Andrew Sarkisian therapist
Douglas Medgyesi psychologist
Jonathan Alvin psychologist

John C. Knapp, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

John is the founder of the Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Prior to his doctoral research, he taught courses on Ethics, Social Justice, World Religions, and Holocaust Studies in his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. John worked as a clinician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 6 years in residential, partial hospitalization, and private practice settings before moving to Illinois.  He has been in private practice since 2015.  

Publications and Research:

John is the co-editor of the book, Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority: 'The Psychological Difference' in the work of Wolfgang Giegerich.  He has lectured on topics related to psychology and the Holocaust, bringing aspects of post-Jungian therapy and analysis, i.e., the works of James Hillman and Wolfgang Giegerich, to bear on this subject matter.  John is also very interested in the ways in which exploring dreams and fantasies can shed light on one's psychological experience . Clinically, John practices as a psychoanalytic relational therapist and draws upon psychoanalytic, Jungian, relational and various philosophical traditions to inform his work. Outside of his role as a therapist, John plays tennis and enjoys biking as well.


Andrew Sarkisian, Psy.D.

Psychology Resident

Andrew received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. His previous clinical experience includes a wide range of settings (hospital, therapeutic day school, group practice, and community mental health) working with individuals across the lifespan. As a clinician, Andrew emphasizes a relational approach to working with his clients while integrating psychodynamic understandings.


Andrew’s doctoral research included a dissertation that understood depression as a potentially transformative process through the lens of Jungian psychology. Specifically, it examined underlying psychological and unconscious factors to understand the relationship more deeply between symptoms and symbols.


Phone: 773-257-3144


Douglas Medgyesi, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Doug received his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, chronic mental illness, and other life challenges that can interfere with the ability to live authentically. Before returning to his hometown of Chicago, Doug completed a pre-doctoral internship training at the University of Arkansas where he used depth psychological  approaches when working with young adults. His training included using dreams, imagination, and other creative psychodynamic modalities to explore unknown and unconscious factors contributing to emotional pain. His training background also emphasized advocacy for neurodiversity-affirming identity and includes work with children and adolescents with learning differences, unique neurology, developmental delays, and severe trauma.

Doug was inspired to become a clinical psychologist after working for close to a decade as a hospice chaplain. Through his work with families and individuals who were experiencing grief and bereavement, he developed a curiosity and reverence for healing within interpersonal relationships that valued presence over fixing and doing. His career as a chaplain also gave him insight into the psychological and emotional impact of religious trauma and the role suffering plays in both spirituality and creativity. 


Doug's doctoral dissertation research investigated how numinous and extraordinary experiences hold the potential to transform how we understand self, others, and the world. Using a Jungian and psychodynamic approach, he is dedicated to bringing a sense of wonder and respect to all aspects of human experience.


Patrick Dawley, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Patrick received his Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago, previously studying theology and philosophy as an undergraduate student at North Park University in Chicago. Patrickhas long been interested in the mysterious and unexplainable dimensions of life which often lie at the heart of people's emotional and psychological pain. His areas of clinical interest include helping people sort through issues of identity, purpose, vocation, and spiritual/religious concerns. Patrick has years of experience treating a wide range of mood, anxiety, and psychotic distress in a community mental health setting. He brings this collaborative and highly individualized approach to private practice work, drawing on advanced psychoanalytic training to think deeply  about each patient's unique needs. 


Patrick strongly believes that a trusting, inviting relationship is the primary ingredient for psychological change. Psychotherapy is a form of work where both people co-create a meaningful space for growth. With humble curiosity and enduring openness for all thoughts, feelings, and fantasies patients bring to therapy, Patrick aims to help people achieve a lasting sense of self-esteem and authenticity that resonates through all areas of their life.


Phone: 773-645-1707

Jonathan Alvin, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jonathan Alvin (he/him/his) graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. As a clinician, Jonathan has worked in outpatient treatment with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In his work, he emphasizes the therapeutic alliance while he conceptualizes cases through psychoanalytic and psychodynamic formulation.


Before his clinical training in psychology, he worked for 15 years as a music producer and touring sound engineer; he also holds a fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied conceptual and interdisciplinary approaches to art (including painting, printmaking, and sound) and visual critical studies (with completion of a thesis project on Jung’s Mandalas of The Red Book). In his time away from work, he writes music and spends time with his family.


Jonathan researched the social psychological implications of doomsday scenarios and survivalist mentalities in 20th and 21st century America for his dissertation.


Alvin, J. (2022). Doomsday Food: A Cultural Historical and Hermeneutic Analysis. [Pacifica Graduate Institute]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.


Alvin, J. (2021). Apocalypse Imminent: A Depth Psychological Analysis of Human Responses to Fear of Catastrophe and Extinction. Oral presentation at the International Association of Jungian Scholarship, Duquesne University, Pennsylvania, United States. 



Meet our therapists



The Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a small, intimate private practice setting that offers insight-oriented psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. We are located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago next to Lady Gregory restaurant, serving those from greater Chicago, including Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Lincoln Square, and Ravenswood.  We also offer telehealth services for those who prefer it. Being on a major public transportation route, we are easily accessible from various parts of Chicago.  


Our therapists all have extensive training and research in psychodynamic theory and practice, and we practice from a place of openness and curiosity to each individual we work with.  We treat a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to the following:



Relationship struggles

Excessive guilt/shame

Sexual problems

LGBTQ issues

Social isolation/loneliness




Eating disturbances

Personality disorders

Existential/religious issues


Parent/child conflicts


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Why Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, often called depth psychology, is a therapeutic approach and model that is integrative and comprehensive. It is both a relational and insight-oriented form of talk therapy that stresses the importance and relevance of both conscious and unconscious factors in one's psychological life. While other forms of psychotherapeutic treatment focus solely on symptom reduction, psychodynamic psychotherapy attempts to explore the deeper "roots" of one's psychological concerns rather than merely ridding surface symptoms. Thus, while in therapy, one might explore one's childhood, intimate or familial relationships, dreams or fantasies, unwanted behaviors and impulses, relationship between therapist and patient, or any other topic that one chooses to discuss. In so doing, psychodynamic psychotherapy can both resolve symptoms and impart meaning to one's experiences, even those experiences that are often deemed painful or meaningless.  Studies have also shown that the long term benefits of psychodynamic treatment produce longer lasting impact than other treatment modalities.



Psychodynamic therapy is appropriate for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As an approach for children, this type of therapy includes play therapy and sandtray therapy to effectively address trauma, behavioral, and developmental challenges in children. For more information on the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy, please refer to an article via the link below that was published by Jonathan Shedler in the American Psychological Association's journal, American Psychologist:

Psychodynamic therapy Chicago
Fees and insurance

Fees and Insurance

Individual psychotherapy session 50 minute:  $175
Couples psychotherapy session  60 minute:   $200

We currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Plan as well as Blue Choice PPO Plan.  For those wishing to pay out of pocket, we are able to provide an itemized receipt so that you may seek reimbursement from your insurance company.  If you have any questions regarding fees or insurance, please feel free to ask us any questions or for further clarification.

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