Robert D. Smola

Robert D. Smola

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Worker - 1490009477
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1600 Westchester Boulevard
Westchester, Illinois 60154

My Approach to Helping

A good therapist assists the client in formulating solutions or approaches to issues that need resolution or attention.

The therapeutic process involves clear identification of the issue(s). Sometimes identifying all the components is an evolving process.

A good therapist will push, pull and lead a client to approaches which may resolve the matter of concern. It is not the therapist's responsibility to solve the problem, but provide the necessary insight and techniques; to ask the appropriate questions; and to guide the client to resolution.

The therapeutic process is about connection. There needs to be trust and commitment by both parties to address the matter(s) of concern. Neither party should be callous with the other's time.

More Info About My Practice

What Can You Expect From Robert D. Smola, MSW, LCSW?

Commitment: If my practice is a good match for you, I will commit the time and effort to assist you in your journey to find resolution. If we do not make sufficient progress, I will try to refer you to someone who may be able to approach your issue(s) from a different perspective.

Dedication: I became a social worker because I wanted to help people. For a long time I have been involved in systemic and administrative work. I have approached professional challenges from a macro perspective. At various stages of my career, I have had the opportunity to provide individual, group and couples therapy and I have been invigorated by the challenges of that work. I will invest the time and the energy to assist you in finding resolutions to the questions for which you are seeking assistance.

Confidentiality: What you discuss is private and will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent or instruction (with the only exception occurring if you pose a threat to yourself or someone else). The time you spend in the therapeutic process is yours and should be treated with dignity and respect.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

The privilege to assist others in trying to navigate their way through difficulties and issues is a responsibility I take very seriously. Life is full of challenges and obstacles and having the opportunity to work with clients to overcome and build strategies for dealing with the complexities we face is what gets me excited to do the work. It is challenging, difficult work but incredibly rewarding when you see someone who feels that they have benefited from the process and applies what the process has taught them to their lives.
I have learned from every person with whom I have worked. The incredible thing about psychotherapy is that it is an evolving process and every client is unique and every journey is different. I relish the opportunity to continue to learn.

My Role as a Therapist

The role of the therapist is to assist the client in the journey from issue identification to resolution. Every client has that information within them and the job of the therapist is to use their training, theoretical references and principles to ask the correct questions to assist the client in finding the necessary resolutions.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am comfortable in working with many issues and concerns including (but not limited to) the following:

    Mood Disorders: I have a deep-seated interest in this subset of mental health classification which includes Major Depressive Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Cyclothymia and Dysthymia. I wrote about my own battle with Major Depressive Disorder in A Waltz through La La Land: A Depression Survivor's Memoir which was published in 2010 by Kirk House Publishers. This episode occurred when I was 22 years old. I received tremendous care by some outstanding professionals in the field and as a result, I became involved in the mental health field as a way to give back.
    Talk Therapy can be one of the approaches to dealing with these diagnoses. I may also refer you to a professional (Psychiatrist or MD) who can prescribe medication as another prong to address the issue.

    Couples: Couples often come in for services when they reach a crisis point. One or both partners feel exacerbated; their partner doesn't listen, isn't committed or the relationship has lost its appeal and vibrancy. Therapy is the last step to decide if the relationship can be saved. Ideally, working with couples before they reach this point would increase the likelihood that progress could be made, but that is rarely the case.
    Couples are in conflict about a multitude of subjects (money, sex, parenting, relatives). The method in which they communicate over conflict is often compromised. Communication patterns are examined and assessed. Examining and repairing the communication pattern becomes the framework for the work.

    TeensAdolescents: The world has evolved and changed from the time I was teenager but issues about acceptance, self-esteem, impulsivity and how to relate to parents and peers are timeless concepts. Re-enforcing how to make good decisions and reviewing that process is a key component to the work.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • 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
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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