William Swieringa


William Swieringa

William Swieringa


Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 149.010142
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Your initial session is free of charge. At this time, we will negotiate an overall fee based on your value for the solution. We can then arrange a payment plan if needed. I do not bill insurances.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Harper Court
Hyde Park
Chicago, Illinois 60615

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My Approach to Helping

I’m a professional therapist with 32 years of experience helping children, adolescents, adults, and elders. I am confident that I will be able to aid in most issues that I agree to address in therapy.
Most folks that seek professional assistance are afraid. They have a fear of disclosing issues that may be embarrassing, and fear that the professional may think they are worse off than they thought😊
Therapy is practiced with curiosity, acceptance, playfulness, and empathy. It is a gentle process. A professional therapist will never confront you without your permission. You are seeking professional advice. The professional does not take over for you.
My current initial approach is to: 1) learn about your goal for completing therapy, 2) discover personal strengths you may be ready to apply, 3) find out more about your natural reluctance to meet your goal, and 4) examine any worries you may have about meeting your goal that may have their origin in emotional reasoning. From there it is much easier to develop a realistic action plan for meeting your goal. This initial approach is informed by current theory in Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Immunity to Change.
A final approach is to match your remaining needs with issue specific therapy. Examples of these therapies could be Cognitive-Behavioral, Mindfulness, Trauma-informed Cognitive Therapy, Family Systems, for instance. There are many more. We will negotiate a best fit for your needs.
A final thought. I have been employed and trained as a Social Worker. As such, I am highly familiar with most income maintenance and mental health resources in the state. I do not overlook survival stresses that you may be bringing to the therapy experience. We all need to feel secure enough in the first place to concentrate on issues that will require more sustained self-examination. We can address first things first as needed.


More Info About My Practice

I will interact with clients by phone, in person, or on secure video conferencing platforms. If you elect phone or video conferencing, I will e-mail you forms to complete before our first session. You can then mail these back.

I use Pay Pal for credit card payments. I also accept personal checks and cash for the correct amount.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have developed a special interest in helping men in Chicago who are adjusting to life post-incarceration, and who also may have been victimized by poorly performing schools. Living on the South Side has helped me understand that men of color here have traditionally been targeted by a variety of public systems that increase their chance for being jailed. Once jailed, prospects for job and successful relationships diminish, which only increases the likelihood of re-incarceration.
Although I will never be able to experience what it is like to live in Chicago with dark skin, I am increasingly aware of my white privilege and the opportunities it has afforded me. I am anxious to pull my weight within in the community of diversity where we are all better off thinking of ourselves as "family."
I have had extensive professional experience working from personal, family, and community systems perspectives. This has enabled me to understand the complexity of becoming a "self" within the context of primary social networks. I am increasingly amazed by the historic strength of extended family units and their potential for increasing survival.
I can be helpful: 1) Improving communication with partners, 2) Improving communication with children, 3) Developing alternative ways for searching jobs, 4) Recognizing and managing Learning Disabilities, 5) Recognizing and managing effects of chronic developmental trauma, 6) Managing sexual addictions, 7) Setting boundaries in families-of-origin, and extended family, 8) Learning Meditation or Prayer as ways of increasing peacefulness, 9) Adopting changes in lifestyle balance, 10) Learning helpful new hobbies.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    In terms of diversity, I have worked successfully with African American, North America First Nation (Canadian and American), Pacific Islander, Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, Nigerian, Congolese, and South African clients. Having lived and worked outside of the United States for seven years, I also have experience in working through issues of personal adjustment to a foreign culture.

    Here are some client issues that especially intrigue me:

    Adults who are
    • Struggling with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness (depression)
    • Crippled by panic attacks or phobias
    • Attempting to overcome after-effects of childhood trauma
    • Sexual and relational addicts
    • Living with substance-abusing partners
    • Coping with the loss of a life partner
    • Struggling with bosses or coworkers
    • Feeling stuck in their jobs or careers
    • Functioning with a mental illness
    • Living with mentally ill persons
    • Coping with chronic medical conditions like epilepsy, stroke,
    diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, congestive heart failure, COPD,
    back pain, kidney failure
    • Providing long-term care to family members
    • Sandwiched between caring for children and parents
    • Parents of children with special needs
    • Senior care-givers of medically impaired partners

    High-school, college, and grad-school students who are
    • Failing at school
    • Being bullied at school
    • Struggling with peer relationships
    • Stuck in their dissertation completion
    • Drop-outs

    Men who are
    • Suffering from PTSD
    • In mid-life crisis

    Women who are
    • Single parents raising boys
    • Living with men in mid-life crisis

    Teachers who
    • Have need for outside supervision of special classroom situations
    • Have need for consultation on special mental health needs of children

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Creative Blocks
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • First Responders
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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