About the Practice and Dr. Fitzgerald

“Overcoming difficulties leads to courage, self-respect, and knowing yourself.”

~ Alfred Adler


Paul J. Fitzgerald, PsyD, LCPC, NCC, CEAP

Hello!

Welcome to the website for my clinical psychology and counseling practice. I have been working in the mental health field since 1976 and have been a licensed mental health practitioner since 1995, providing employee assistance counseling and general psychotherapy.

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT:

PLEASE NOTE:

I will be scheduling sessions with patients ONLY using telehealth services until the COVID-19 spread has been better contained in Illinois, or until March, 2021,  Please check back periodically to see if this has changed.

I provide telehealth using the Simple Practice app which is secure, private, and HIPAA-compliant.  Please click the “Telehealth Services” link  in the site menu for more information.

Also note: Due to the schedule changes necessitated by COVID-19, the self-scheduling function on this website is currently not available for patient use.

If you are a United HealthCare/Optum member, you may be able to self-schedule (if I have available time slots) using the VirtualVisits website accessible through myuhc.com or liveandworkwell.com.

SAP EVALUATIONS:

The Department of Transportation has recently relaxed their requirement that all SAP evaluations must be conducted in person. These evaluations will be done via tele-health until further notice. For more information please click on the “SAP Evaluations” tab above.

Please note that the fee for SAP or DAC (Railroad) evaluations remains at $500, payable at the time of the first evaluation.


ABOUT ME: Paul J. Fitzgerald, Psy.D.

 (708) 695-8646 (Voice, no text)

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional
  • Master Addiction Counselor

I am a clinical psychologist, counselor, and psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. I have worked in the Employee Assistance field as a counselor and clinical director. Prior to my EAP work, I also worked in inpatient psychiatric services and community mental health.

I entered this field because I have long been intrigued by the ways we as human beings see the world, and how our perceptions of ourselves, others, and our world guide our behavior and mood. 

I enjoy working with clients from all walks of life, and specialize in working with adults. I have experience working with professionals who are experiencing challenges due to substance use, relationship problems, work stress, and other issues. I have worked with laborers, tradespeople, financial services professionals, physicians, lawyers, university professors, researchers, and attorneys. I  have extensive experience assisting individuals with substance use disorders through assessment and referral to treatment, monitoring, follow-up, and relapse prevention.

In my work, I make use of cognitive-behavioral and Adlerian principles to help clients understand and change the self-defeating patterns of thinking, behavior, and communication that may be contributing to their distress. I  earned a certificate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from Adler School of Professional Psychology. 

Both Adlerian and Cognitive-behavioral therapy emphasize encouragement and support, while helping people to be more aware of (and to change) their beliefs and perceptions about themselves, other people, the world, and life circumstances.

I have been a faculty member and Training Director at Adler University’s Chicago campus, where I have taught graduate-level courses in Adlerian psychology, counseIing theories, addiction counseling, Adlerian Parenting, the Adlerian Life Style Assessment technique, ethical issues, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and research methods. I currently still teach and supervise graduate students in the counseling and clinical psychology programs.

I have two offices, in downtown Chicago (available weekdays in the afternoon and some mornings) and a part-time office in Hinsdale, on the Cook-DuPage County line (available Fridays and Saturday mornings). 

Professional affiliations and activities:

  • Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy,  Adler University
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional (Employee Assistance Credentialing Commission)
  • Master Addiction Counselor (NAADAC, The Certification Organization for Addiction Professionals)
  • National Certified Counselor (National Board of Certified Counselors).
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Illinois)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Illinois)
  • President, 2018-2020, Northern Illinois Chapter, Employee Assistance Professionals Association
  • Commissioner, 2017-2020, Employee Assistance Credentialing Commission
  • Memberships:
    • American Counseling Association
    • Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors
    • American Psychological Association
    • Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    • National Board of Certified Counselors
    • NAADAC – The Certification Agency for Addiction Professionals
    • Illinois Counseling Association
    • Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
    • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
    • American Association of University Professors
    I may be reached at  (708) 695-8646 (Voice).Please leave a confidential voice mail message and I will call you back.

    Blog

    This website is also my blog, where I regularly post entries for viewing by anyone who has an interest in counseling, psychotherapy, or mental health.  You can access these entries by clicking on any of the categories or monthly archives lists (at the bottom of the page), or by simply clicking the “Blog” link in the main menu to view all recent entries. You can use the buttons on each blog page to share, save or print these articles if you wish. You can also leave comments on each post page.

Professional Member: American Counseling Association

NAADAC Master Addiction Counselor
Master Addiction Counselor – NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

 

Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Office Locations

COVID-19 NOTICE:

November 2020: No in person appointments are being scheduled at the Chicago/LaSalle Street or Hinsdale/Spinning Wheel Road office locations until further notice. All appointments are being scheduled via telehealth.

DOWNTOWN – LaSalle Street

LaSalle Atrium Buil;ding

Fitzgerald Counseling Downtown Office Photo

401 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1600-P
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone  (708) 695-8646 (Paul)
Weekday/evening Appointments Available
Located in the LaSalle Atrium Building, a few steps from the LaSalle & VanBuren stop on the Brown / Orange / Purple / Pink Lines, and the Metra (Rock Island District) LaSalle Street Station (across the street). The LaSalle/Congress station on the CTA Blue Line is 1/2 block south, with the entrance on Congress (Now called Ida B. Wells Drive).

The LaSalle Atrium building is on the southeast corner of LaSalle and Van Buren, across from the Board of Trade Annex and CBOE buildings.

Driving directions (for rideshare and drop-off): Drive in from the west on the Eisenhower (I-290), or the north or south via the Dan Ryan/Kennedy (I-90/94); take Ida B. Wells Parkway under the Old Post Office and east to Dearborn. Turn left and go north one block to Van Buren, then turn left and go west 1-1/2 blocks to LaSalle St, then turn left and pull up in front of the building.

Parking is scarce on the street, so you may wish to park south of Ida B. Wells Parkway, where it is less expensive. The parking garages in the area are very expensive. A number of lots in the are use parking apps such as SpotHero. The lots along the west side of Financial Place allow you to use the ParkMobile app. Using an app is highly recommended since some lots tow cars if the receipt is not displayed. The SpotHero app can usually direct you to nearby parking that is more reasonably priced – One of these is the lot in the lower levels of 404 S. Financial Place.

Once in the buiilding, you may be asked to sign in at the lobby desk which is staffed until 11 PM daily. When you get off the elevators on the sixteenth floor, walk left through the door labeled “Loop Chic” and then turn right to the office area. There is a waiting area next to the office. Please wait for me to come out or knock on the door, as I may be in session.

Fitzgerald Counseling Hinsdale Office Photo
Fitzgerald Counseling Hinsdale Office Photo

HINSDALE (Spinning Wheel)


15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 422
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Phone  (708) 695-8646
Friday and Saturday Appointments Available
Located in the Spinning Wheel Office Building, just off the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the Ogden Avenue West exit (US 34). The office building is 1/4 mile north of Ogden on Spinning Wheel Road, a private drive in the Salt Creek office and medical park. There is a 17-story apartment building just to the north of the office building. Ample parking is available in front of the office building as well as in the rear of the building. The building directory listing does not list Fitzgerald Counseling, but Paul Fitzgerald’s name is on the directory as well as on the suite door on the fourth floor.

Spinning Wheel Road is reached by turning north from Ogden onto Salt Creek Lane (the first stoplight west of I-294, and east of York Road), opposite the Range Rover dealer and the Chase Bank Mortgage office. Almost immediately, take a right turn onto Spinning Wheel Road, behind the Amita Cancer Center. Go past the entrance to the Amita parking lot. Follow the stone signposts that say “Hinsdale Management – 21 and 15 Spinning Wheel Road.” After curving to the left and passing through a small patch of woods, you will see the entrance to the large parking lot, on the right.

Blog

Medicare Coverage

No, this isn’t a post about Medicare for All (which is a great goal, but a problematic 2020 campaign platform, in my humble opinion). But this post is about you, if you have Medicare and are seeking psychotherapy, and me, in my quest to be able to provide you with services.

Is there an “Addictive Personality”…?

Among counseling students and faculty, there is a fun exercise that consists of naming the diagnostic categories for the characters from “Winnie-the-Pooh.” Tigger has ADHD, Eeyore has dysthymic disorder, and Piglet has generalized anxiety disorder. But Winnie-the-Pooh himself seems to have all the hallmarks of an addictive personality. He just needs a “little something” (or,… Continue Reading Is there an “Addictive Personality”…?

Masculinity – Healthy and Toxic: Our Society’s Challenge

After last week’s mass shootings, people have been busy pointing fingers, and “white supremacy” has become a point of contention. We’re even hearing that the far right is attempting to co-opt the term as a badge of honor, the way they did with the label, “deplorables.” But a thoughtful essay in the New York Times… Continue Reading Masculinity – Healthy and Toxic: Our Society’s Challenge

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Contact Dr. Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald: Phone (708) 695-8646

Fax Number (E-Fax): (314) 675-6788

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Secure/Confidential E-mail to Dr. Fitzgerald

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(Substitute the @ sign for the (at) in the above address).

This is an encrypted e-mail address which is HIPAA compliant. Please note that someone might still be able to break into your computer or e-mail account and read an unencrypted version of your message. If you would like me to respond with a message that is encrypted on both ends, please include that in your message, and I will send you instructions for how to do that.