Robert Aber, Ph.D.

Robert Aber, Ph.D.

Professions: Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counseling
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 071-004099
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 10962
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30 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1018
Chicago, Illinois 60602 - United States
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The purpose of psychotherapy is to help you improve your life by making meaningful changes. A good therapist should be equipped to help you reduce the distress that caused you to seek help. Once you achieve that initial relief, you can then focus on your life's big picture, addressing your feelings and beliefs about others and yourself, your coping skills and personal style, the influence of your childhood experiences, and numerous other factors, including exploring your strengths. All of this exploration works to bring about lasting changes that improve your quality of life.

I believe the most effective therapy is tailored to the individual needs of each client. I don't rely on just one of the many approaches to therapy. Instead, I draw from several disciplines, including cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. I believe this strategy yields better and longer-lasting results.

I've treated and helped people from all backgrounds, life stages, and gender identities. I help clients regardless of diagnosis, personality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, or educational level. As of 2011, I've conducted more than 26,000 therapy sessions. I am certain that my deep experience will help you if you decide I'm the therapist for you.

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More Info About My Practice

I received my undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and attended the University of Florida for graduate school. In 1986, I came to Chicago to pursue a residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in clinical psychology. In 1989, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Northwestern University School of Medicine's Institute of Psychiatry.

After I completed my education, I was invited to join a respected group of psychologists who met weekly with preeminent psychoanalyst Merton Gill, MD. I learned much from him, and regularly had the chance to present my clinical work to the group.

I've been an assistant behavior sciences professor at Rush University Medical Center since 1989. I divide my time between private practice and my role as staff psychologist at the Rush University Student Counseling Center. At the Student Counseling Center I have gained unique expertise in conducting therapy with medical students, medical residents, nursing students, and graduate students from a variety of health care-related programs.

I've served as the Director of Outpatient Psychotherapy Services at Rush, and have also taught medical students about topics such as psychodynamic therapy, interpretation of objective and projective personality measures, personality theory, and psychoanalysis. I greatly enjoy my work spent supervising the clinical work of residents and fellows in the behavioral sciences, and relish the chance to help them improve their skills.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Autogenic Training
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology

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