Insight-oriented psychotherapy for the North Shore, Andersonville, and Greater Chicago
John C. Knapp, Ph.D.
John C. Knapp, Ph.D.
John C. Knapp, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
John 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 high school courses on Ethics, Social Justice, World Religions, and Holocaust Studies in his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. He worked as a clinician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 6 years in residential, partial hospitalization, and private practice settings before moving to Illinois. While in Pittsburgh, he developed a specialty in child's play therapy and adolescent psychology alongside psychoanalytic treatment of adults and couples.
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 internationally and is published on topics related to psychology and the Holocaust. He continues to pursue research interests regarding the psychological significance of such contemporary phenomena as the Shoah, the nuclear bomb, or mass incarceration in America. He has a particular expertise and interest in psychodynamic post-Jungian therapy and analysis, i.e., the works of James Hillman and Wolfgang Giegerich, as well as a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to exploring one's dream life. He enjoys tennis, fishing, songwriting, and playing his guitar.
Jonathan Alvin, Ph.D. Candidate
Jonathan Alvin (he/him/his) is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Throughout his clinical training, Jonathan worked in outpatient treatment with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families at the Center for Personal Growth in Carol Stream, Illinois and Portrait Health Centers in Schaumburg, Illinois. During this time, Jonathan was trained in psychological and neuropsychological test administration, assessment, and interpretation for children and adults. In addition to this, Jonathan has experience working with trans patients (including writing letters of recommendation for surgery), parenting difficulties, and dream interpretation.
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 loves visiting museums with his children, gardening, and cooking.
Jonathan is presently researching social psychological implications of doomsday forecasting and prepper or survivalist rationality and mentalities. In tandem, the psychological aspects of political divide, economic rationalities, class warfare, and racial difference fuel his curiosity. In 2019, he presented at the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education in Toronto on metaphorical illustrations of contemporary psychological defenses; and was accepted to present at Duquesne University for the 2020 International Association for Jungian Studies conference on the psychological implications of survivalist food storage.
The Center for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a small, intimate private practice setting that offers insight-oriented psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and couples as well as play therapy for children. Our two offices are located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago and in Wilmette, IL. Our Andersonville office, located next to Lady Gregory restaurant, serves those from greater Chicago, including Rogers Park, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, and Ravenswood. Our Wilmette office, located across from the 'el' purple line (Linden Station), serves cities and suburbs of the North Shore and Chicago. Being in two locations and on all major public transportation routes, we are easily accessible from Northwestern University and Loyola University. We treat a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to the following:
Why Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, often called depth psychology, is a therapeutic approach and model that is integrative and comprehensive. It is an 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: