Gary works from our North Michigan Avenue location. To schedule an appointment with him, please contact our intake department.

Gary DeLeonardis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience working with young adults and adults specializing in family & relationship issues, trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Gary believes in the importance of a collaborative client-therapist relationship that focuses on working toward client goals and is supported by empathy, respect, and trust. His approach encourages insight, self-awareness, and exploring new ways to connect with yourself and others. While being attentive to client needs, Gary works primarily from a psychodynamic approach and integrates aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Gary earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and received his bachelor’s degree in Communication from DePaul University.

What self care techniques or activities do you do?

I have a strong passion for music and have played guitar and bass for nearly 16 years. Playing an instrument is remarkably therapeutic and is a primary way I like to de-stress. I find inspiration from many genre including rock, blues, funk, and country. I also love a good Netflix binge!

What made you become a therapist?

I always noticed myself connecting to psychology curriculum that began in high school and continued into college. Truth be told, I was unsure whether I wanted a career in psychology, as I struggled with the decision of choosing a major and career path. However, through many collegiate volunteer and mentorship experiences, I identified one constant theme. I valued the connections I made by fostering helping relationships with others. As I exited college and began working in higher education, my experiences had inspired me to pursue my master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

What are your specialties?

I am experienced in providing treatment to young adults and adults who may struggle with family of origin & relationship issues, trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I also have experience providing brief motivational interventions for problematic substance use.

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

Yes! I worked for several years in higher education with various roles in student affairs and the business office. After earning my master’s degree, I transitioned to working in higher education as a staff therapist.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

Expressing one’s thoughts and feelings is a way that we humanly work through life’s challenges. Identifying and expressing them is easy for some, not so easy for others. Therapy can be one way to understand one’s self more deeply, develop effective coping strategies, and gain support in a non-judgmental space.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Seeking counseling can be a very scary and intimidating choice. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and take the first step. Many individuals may enter counseling feeling “stuck”, unable to make change, or feel overwhelmed by their feelings or a particular stressor. Psychotherapy is one way to work through these moments. It’s a step toward empowerment, support, and change.

Urban Balance prioritizes the safety of our clients and staff and will provide teletherapy counseling services.
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