Roger Gunther, LCSW
Roger has a strong background working with clients to navigate situations that are confusing or overwhelming. He has been described as having a calm and caring personality that puts individuals at ease. Roger works with both adults and adolescents and uses a variety of therapy techniques (cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and psychodynamic interventions to name a few) to address the goals, barriers, and symptoms that a client is bringing into therapy. In sessions, Roger is empathetic and non-judgmental while remaining genuine and focused on goals in therapy. This blend of empathy and focus on solutions has enabled him to help clients make important changes while feeling good in therapy. Clients appreciate that Roger focuses on connecting with them, understanding what they are communicating, and making sure they feel safe while still targeting the goals that his clients are aiming to achieve.
Roger has been serving the mental health needs of the community for over thirty years in a variety of settings. This breadth of experience has shaped Roger into the versatile and well-rounded clinician he is today. After obtaining his masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Roger began his career as a hospital social worker. Quickly becoming the Director of Social Services at an area hospital, Roger had experience providing counseling, groups, and directing services provided to patients having mental health needs. After about practicing in medical social work, Roger shifted his focus to working with aging individuals in an outpatient setting. After this, Roger then pivoted to working at a national mental health insurance company providing short-term counseling services, assessments, and crisis intervention. Throughout much of his career, Roger worked in private practice meeting with clients to provide individual and couples counseling. Currently, Roger works exclusively meeting with clients in private practice. Roger's years of experience and varied work settings has given him unique perspectives with which to assist his clients.
Areas of Focus
- Bipolar Disorder
- Blended Families
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dissociative Disorder
- Family Therapy
- Life Coaching
- Military / Veterans
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Relationship, Marriage, and Couples Counseling
- Substance Abuse
- Workplace Issues
- Over thirty years providing individual and couples counseling in an agency and private-practice setting.
- Crisis intervention and assessments via phone for national insurance company.
- Director and supervisor of multiple clinical programs including counseling program for crisis pregnancy and foster families.
Education and Credentials
- L.C.S.W. in Illinois (What's This?)
- M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis
- B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College