Peter Baker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with adults, adolescents, and their families. He earned his graduate degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He earned his undergraduate degrees from Western Michigan University in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He has experience with many different populations of individuals including adults, college students, and adolescents in several treatment settings. Prior to beginning his private practice, he was the Program Director for DCFS contracted residential group homes for adolescents at an agency in Chicago.
Working with adults, adolescent, and their families, Peter has experience treating the following:
- College Preparednesss
- Life Transitions
- Low Self Esteem
- Interpersonal Relationships
- School Refusal
- Self Harming Behavior
- Trauma and Loss
Peter is an in network provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO.
View Peter’s professional website here.
I believe that a trusting relationship between the therapist and client is the catalyst for positive change. I attempt to cultivate this trust by making every effort to engage clients by first getting to know them and their needs. I believe that for change to occur for clients, they need to trust that their therapist is trustworthy, sincere, and supportive. My therapeutic approach is eclectic in nature, but focuses on cognitive behavioral and humanistic approaches. My counseling style tends to be interactive, with a focus on key issues that present in clients lives in the form of themes and patterns. My goal is to help clients identify these patterns and refocus their energy on exploring and learning healthier ways of coping and living to find peace and meet personal goals.
In my work with children and adolescents I actively try to enter the young person’s world by getting to know what interests them. This can involve play therapy, playing games, or talking about sports or social media. This allows a safe and honest environment where positive change can occur.