Dr. Byer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate at Affiliates in Counseling. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Before that, he attended DePaul University where he studied Philosophy and Psychology. Most of Dr. Byer’s experience comes from university counseling centers but he has also worked in other diverse settings with adolescents and adults of all ages. He has had the privilege of serving as a therapist in Chicago, California, and even the Caribbean on the tiny island of St. Kitts. Dr. Byer is also passionate about teaching. He has taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level in Ethics, Community Psychology, Cultural Diversity, and Interpersonal Communication. His scholarly areas of interest include phenomenological approaches to treatment, wilderness therapy, gender roles, diversity, and gelotology.
Dr. Byer works with individuals, couples, and families. He has extensive experience providing psychotherapy to clients struggling with the following issues:
- Personal growth and spirituality development
- Relationship issues
- Grief and loss
- Sexual identity issues
- Life transitions
Dr. Byer is a provider for Medicare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO.
I believe that everyone has an innate tendency to grow and move in a positive direction. Sometimes life obstacles get in the way of seeing that force – and this is exactly where psychotherapy can play an important role. Trust and respect are at the heart of any forward-moving relationship, and these values will be present throughout our work. Through a non-judgmental attitude and a warm empathic approach, I’ll work hard to understand your personal experiences. Within all of this, we’ll find an emotional rhythm that uniquely suits you in hopes of making the changes that help you create a meaningful life.