Dr. Gobby brings over twenty years of mental health experience, working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples, to the practice. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors and departmental distinction. Dr. Gobby earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the Program in Human Sexuality. In addition to his work at Affiliates in Counseling, Dr. Gobby is a staff psychologist and clinical supervisor at LaRabida Children’s Hospital. He has worked as a consultant to both the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center regarding children with sexual behavior problems.
During his years in mental health, Dr. Gobby has worked in a variety of clinical settings including an alternative high school, a children’s residential treatment center, inpatient psychiatric units for adults and adolescents, a university health clinic, and outpatient mental health facilities. He provides consultation to schools, goal-oriented therapy, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological assessment.
Working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples, Dr. Gobby has experience treating the following:
- Anxiety disorders
- Adolescent issues
- Behavioral and conduct problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Compulsive sexual behavior
- Depressive disorders
- Family problems
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues
- HIV/AIDS issues,
- Relationship counseling for same-sex and opposite-sex couples
- Personal growth and development
- Sexual abuse victims
- Sexual behavior problems
- Recovery from trauma
John is an in network provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO and Medicare.
It has been my pleasure to serve children, adolescents and adults during my years in mental health. While these varied individuals present with different issues and concerns, one universal that I have often been struck with is the client’s struggle to be real and accepted in full. Barriers to being real contribute to life problems and stem from a multitude of areas including early learning, families of origin, low self-esteem, traumatic experiences, and personal beliefs about oneself, others and the world. In therapy, I believe that it is my job to illuminate and explore the barriers that prevent people from being fully themselves. In order for the client to be fully real, I as a therapist strive to be as real, honest, direct and non-judgmental as I can. In therapy I hope to cultivate a real relationship with each client. Real relationships are intense, joyful, frustrating, enriching, and rewarding. Real relationships offer constant opportunities to learn about ourselves and grow. I believe that good therapy presents these same challenges and opportunities.