Staff & Board Bios
Celia Brickman, Ph.D., L.C.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9075
Celia Brickman received her Ph.D. in Religion and Psychology from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. She is the Director and a faculty member of CRPC’s Education Program. She has been practicing psychotherapy for over fifteen years, dealing with the challenges of anxiety, depression, loss, and grief and with issues of identity, gender, vocation, and spirituality. She is the author of Aboriginal Populations in the Mind: Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis, as well as numerous other articles. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Division 39 (division of psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, the Illinois Mental Health Counselors’ Association, and the American Academy of Religion. | www.celiabrickman.com
Catherine Burris-Schnur, D.Min., L.C.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9179
Catherine Burris-Schnur graduated from the Chicago Theological Seminary and has a diploma from CRPC’s Education Program in Self Psychology and Religion. She is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. She is the Director of CRPC’s Education Program, where she teaches the integrative case conference and the course on integrating professional identity, and is a mentor in CRPC’s Apprentice Program. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She works with adult individuals and couples, and has particular interests in feminist issues, the integration of self psychology and religion, and depth psychology. She has office hours in our loop office and in Evanston.
Jeff Gilbert, M.A., L.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9073
Jeff’s approach to psychotherapy is founded on his meditation practice, and on over 20 years of mind-body practices. He is trained in and utilizes leading-edge practices such as Sensory Motor Psychotherapy and EMDR, which help to metabolize and integrate held emotions and patterns to facilitate a more rapid and complete mind-body recovery. He has studied with the Sensory Motor Psychotherapy Institute and the EMDR Institute. Jeff received an MA from Columbia College’s mind-body dance/movement therapy and counseling program and interned at the Jessie Brown VA on the post-traumatic stress disorder unit. He is currently deepening his understanding of psychoanalytic work at CRPC’s program. He has extensive experience working with individuals with the application of the 12 Step Recovery approach to behavioral and substance abuse issues. His clients have had success in dealing with feelings of emptiness, vocational questions, spiritual questions, sleep problems, chronic pain and illness, trauma, substance abuse, habits that numb emotions, anxiety, and depression. Jeff offers integrated, therapeutic strategies for healthy living. He works with teens, young adults, and adults.
Cynthia Lindner, D. Min., L.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9077
Cynthia Lindner has worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain, and pastoral psychotherapist for over 20 years. She received her D. Min from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, and her M.A. in marriage and family therapy from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. She is currently Director of Ministry Studies at the Divinity School and teaches classes in preaching and pastoral care. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families; enjoys engaging youth and young adults around issues of identity, relationship and vocation; has worked extensively with ministers around issues of religious leadership and the intersection of professional and personal life; and with women around issues of identity, empowerment, depression and loss. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Margaret Mason, M.A., L.C.P.C., BC-DMT
312-263-4368, ext. 9222
Margaret L. Mason has a broad background in the arts, education and psychotherapy. Margaret brings specialized knowledge of body-mind connection to her clinical work with adults, individuals and couples. She is skilled in helping with depression, anxiety, relationship and self-esteem issues, identity issues, grief, loss and other life transitions. Margaret is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Workshop Presenter, and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Her formal education includes Master’s Degrees from Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago. Margaret also completed the CRPC’s training program in Self Psychology and Religion and currently supervises students in that program. Margaret was formerly on the faculty of the graduate Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Illinois. She also taught in the “Expressive Arts and Creativity Concentration” at the Chicago Professional School of Psychology. Margaret has offices in the Loop and in LaGrange, Illinois. | www.margaretlmasoncounseling.com
Mark Virshbo, J.D., L.C.S.W.
312-263-4368, ext. 9173
Mark H. Virshbo is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a degree in anthropology; Northwestern University School of Law; Smith College School for Social Work; and, the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Psychoanalytic Program (CAPPT) and the Adult Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has also been a student-at-large in the Ph.D. program at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago and the core analytic-training program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Prior to his work as a psychotherapist, he had a career at law. Mark works with adolescents, adults, and couples, and is available by appointment in our Loop and Evanston offices.
Board of Directors
Gilbert W. Bowen, D.Min.
Constance Goldberg, L.C.S.W., B.C.D., is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University School of Social Work. She was a social worker at the Institute for Juvenile Research from 1964-1968 and at the clinic of the Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago from 1968-1978. She has been on the Board of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy since 1978 where she has also served on the faculty and as a clinical consultant. She was a Founding Board member of the Institute for Clinical Social Work of Chicago in 1980 and continues on its faculty. She has published several articles on the application of Self Psychology to psychotherapy and has written and presented on the interface between therapy and spirituality. She has been in full time private practice since 1983.
Timothy O’Connell, Ph.D., chief board officer, is a tenured full professor at Loyola University Chicago, where he currently serves at Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs. The author of twelve books and over fifty articles, he is a nationally known expert in professional ethics and the role of values in organizational life.
Lallene Rector, Ph.D., Ph.D. Academic Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary; psychoanalyst in private practice. Faculty areas: self psychology and psychoanalytic theory.
Gordon Zerkel, M.A.T.S.
*LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
*ADTR—American Dance Therapist Registry