Chicago based therapy and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy practice specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for individuals and couples offering dialectical improvisation group mindfulness sessions, meditation, depression, bipolar, anxiety, relationship conflict, family conflict, Buddhist psychology, class, PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder, Andersonville, substance abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, addictions, treatment, DBT, trauma

Thomas Nedderman, LPC, CADC, CRC

First of all, folks really do call me Tom Bob.  I did quite a bit of growing up in Texas where is seems like everybody's middle name is Bob … as in Billy Bob, Joe Bob, and me, Tom Bob.

So I've heard it said that Spirit doesn't call the qualified, but rather qualifies the called. Well I definitely feel called to do the work that I do, considering I have an “Honorary Doctorate” from the “School of Hard Knocks.”  And to that point, I draw from over 30 years of my own personal therapeutic journey as well as my 12-Step experience as a recovering person. 

I am intentional and purposeful in my approach to counseling while at the same time lighthearted and pretty relaxed in my style.  Most folks say that I have a pretty wicked sense of humor.  And in this day and age, who doesn't need a good laugh!  Yet, I’m mostly sacred. Sessions with me are infused with the power of mindfulness and connection to that intrinsic and intuitive part of ourselves that knows … that it knows … that it knows.  You can also bet that I’m entirely human.  I’m not afraid to counsel from my own vulnerabilities.  Like you I have foibles and flaws.  And like you, I have my share of fabulousness too!

I'm not really a quick fix kind of guy.  I'm in it for the long haul and completely committed to the therapeutic journey.  And that journey requires grit and the willingness to keep showing up for yourself.  And truth be told, that's all any of us really do anyhow … we just keep showing up one way or the other. I know that sometimes showing up looks like pulling the covers over your head and just sleeping it off and then other days showing up means that you hit the ground running.  My commitment to you is to show up WITH you . . . right where you are. 

Working together, I can help you uncover the solutions and answers that are already inside of you.  And rest assured, those “aha” moments and insightful revelations that we all love to have are absolutely there.  The real journey is putting into practice those insights so that you actually have a shift in your life experience.  All it takes is a subtle shift in perspective to change the course of your entire life. I can help you do that! 

My range of focus and areas that I’m particularly passionate about include the following:

•   Affirmative practice with LGBTQ individuals and families

•   Sexual Health, identity and lifestyle, including nontraditional relationships

•   Addiction/substance abuse and compulsive behaviors

•   Mindfulness practice

•   Licensed Spiritual Practitioner (spiritual counselor)

•   Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)

•   Codependency and boundary issues

•   Self-Esteem, assertiveness and confidence

•   High functioning autistic spectrum disorders

•   Life transitions

•   Career counseling