About Us

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We are a group practice of licensed Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors serving a wide range of adult, adolescent, and childhood emotional and behavioral problems.  In existence since 1999, Amundson & Schwartz Psychological Consulting provides services from two office locations:

OAK PARK:  1101 Lake Street, Suite 404, Oak Park, Illinois, 60301 (at Lake and Marion Streets)

SOUTHWEST-SIDE CHICAGO:  6500 West 65th Street, Suite 203, Chicago, Illinois, 60638 (at the Clearing Clinic, 65th and Natchez Streets, about one mile west of Midway Airport)

Contact Us

If you wish to schedule an appointment, call 708.930.1833, ext. 1 and leave a voicemail message with Dr. Garth Amundson.  He will return your call as soon as possible to discuss which clinician(s) you might see for treatment, your insurance coverage, and to answer any questions you may have about our services.

You may also contact Dr. Amundson via email at gamundson13@gmail.com

Clinical Staff

Garth Amundson, Psy.D.

Garth... Summer2015
 
Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Expertise: Personality Disorders, Psychotic States, Eating Disorders (Bulimia and Obesity), Substance Abuse, Gay and Bisexual Concerns

“I see a diverse group of clients, from young children to the elderly, and have twenty five years of experience in the assessment and treatment of many different emotional problems.  I listen carefully to persons’ presenting concerns and, over time, attempt to tease out the underlying, often unconscious beliefs and attitudes that may be maintaining self-defeating behaviors.  My therapeutic ‘style’ is relaxed and conversational, and involves the development of a collaborative approach to understanding the above issues.  I avoid using therapy ‘techniques’, preferring instead to attempt to understand your life story through a process of analysis that is more like reading a novel than fixing a ‘broken’ machine.”  

Click here: Dr. Amundson’s Psychotherapy Blog
Click here: http://www.karnacbooks.com or http://www.Amazon.com for Dr. Amundson’s latest publication, “The Interpretation and Treatment of Delusions in Adolescence” (Chapter Nine in “Outpatient Treatment of Psychosis”, Karnac, 2017)
Outpatient Treatment Book

 


Heidi Schwartz, Psy.D., LCPC

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Populations: Adults, Adolescents, Couples, LGBT Clients
Areas of Special Expertise:  Weight Management and Emotional Eating, Substance Abuse, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Women’s Issues (Including Post-Partum Depression and Infertility)

” My clinical work centers around helping people to build satisfying relationships and lifestyles that are compatible with their values.  My style is empathic and forthright.  I help people to make insightful, synthetic meaning of their destructive patterns of relating, and to identify sources of inner strength and creativity.” 

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Jonathan Simon, LCPC

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Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Expertise: Bereavement, Existential and Religious Concerns and Problems, Vocational (AKA Work and Career-Related) Concerns

“I see a wide variety of clients from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  Through careful listening I attempt to clarify the underlying causes of clients’ stressors and dilemmas, and work to provide  common-sense but perhaps overlooked solutions to these issues.  I work with all age groups, and have a special interest in religious/spiritual concerns and vocational counseling.”


Sidney Wax, LCSW

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Populations: Adolescents, Adults, Families
Areas of Special Expertise: Chronic Mental Illness, Family Conflicts

“I work with people to understand the sources of their emotional distress and work with them collaboratively to develop an individualized plan for recovery.  My approach is holistic, that is, identifying and addressing the totality of the many causes of emotional problems.  Through many decades of clinical experience I have come to know that most emotional challenges have multiple causes, including one or more of the following: family history and dynamics, social pressures (such as work stress or legal issues), ethnic and cultural background,  and biological/genetic predispositions.  My clients and I cooperate with clinicians from other fields, such as psychiatry and a number of related medical fields, to achieve positive outcomes.” 


Salvador Morote-Sanchez   (Servicios en Español)

Salvador Morote

Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families, Couples
Areas of Special Expertise: Spanish-Speaking Individuals

“I have practiced for thirty two years, seeing children, adolescents and adults of various backgrounds for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental a wide range of mental disorders.  I have extensive experience treating persons who come to me as individuals, or as one of a couple or family.  By listening carefully to their sufferings, concerns, reasons for seeking therapy, and views of the world I attempt to define the various non-conscious feelings and  patterns of expectations that drive clients’ attitudes and behaviors; in the ‘safety of the conversational space’ of therapy we analyze how these cause and maintain their self-defeating behaviors.”     


Cynthia Gradle, LCSW

Cindy Gradle 2015
Populations: Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families, Couples
Areas of Special Expertise: Family Conflicts, Bereavement

“I draw from a variuety of therapeutic models, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness therapy, coaching techniques, and self-psychology.  I am also versed in family systems approaches to facilitating change.  I see a wide variety of clients of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.  Additionally, I have special professional experience and training working with teens, young adults, those struggling with bereavement-related issues, and the concerns of blended and adoptive families. 

Although the above therapy models are different from each other in many ways, I feel that the relationship between the therapist and client is always the key change agent.  Most change occurs slowly, over time, through a belnd of focusing on both the solution of immediate concerns and childhood experiences that may have a role in maintaining current problems.”   


Elizabeth Caspers, LCPC

(professional biography pending: check back later)


Ronald Phillips, Psy.D.

(professional biography and photo pending: check back later)

 


Insurance Plans Accepted

Below is a partial list of the insurance plans that we accept.  If your plan is not listed below, we may still be able to accept it as payment for services.  Just call your insurance carrier and inquire if Amundson & Schwartz Psychological Consulting is in their network of therapy providers.

Please note that not all of our clinicians are able to accept all of the plans listed below.  Dr. Amundson will advise you as to which clinician your particular plan covers.

Aetna

American Psych Systems (APS)

Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO and PPO

Behavioral Health Systems (BHS)

Cigna

Community Family Health Plan

CuraLinc

Employee Resource Centers (ERC)

Coventry Health Care

Government Employees’ Health Association (GEHA)

Harmony Health Plan

Healthlink

HealthSpring

Humana (also called Lifesynch)

Magellan Behavioral Health

Medicare Part B

Meridian Health Plan

Meritain Health Plan

Multiplan

Live & Work Well

One Source (for military personnel; also called Tricare)

Optum

Private Healthcare System (PHCS)

PsychCare

Tricare (for military personnel)

Unicare

United Health Care (also called Optum)

Value Options

Wellcare

Wellpoint

E.A.P. (Employee Assistance Programs) Accepted

An E.A.P. is a workplace program offering one to six therapy sessions at no cost to employees dealing with psychological, interpersonal, and/or work-related problems.  Below is a partial list of the EAP programs with which we are contractually affiliated.

Aetna Resources for Living

Anthem EAP

Chase / J.P Morgan EAP Program

CuraLinc EAP

First Advantage EAP

MHNet

Magellan EAP

Metropolitan Family Services EAP

Mutual of Omaha EAP

New Directions EAP

Wellpoint EAP

 

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