CONTACT

Tel: 312-436-1657 EXT 1
Email: dhoover@chicagoclinical.org

CLINICAL INTERESTS

Trauma and abuse recovery
Addictions and compulsive behaviors
Sexuality and gender identity
General anxiety and depression
Relationship difficulties

ACCEPTED INSURANCE PROVIDERS

BlueCross BlueShield PPO
Blue Choice Preferred PPO
Professional Benefit Administrators

EDUCATION

Wheaton College
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Doctorate of Psychology

About David

I’m a licensed clinical psychologist and the director of Chicago Clinical Associates. I completed my doctoral training in clinical psychology at Wheaton College, where I graduated as an endowed academic scholar based upon my contributions to research and teaching, academic and clinical proficiency, and commitment to the integration of ethical, spiritual, and clinical development. My doctoral dissertation research explored relationships between experiences of isolation, spirituality, and interpersonal attachment. I completed my doctoral internship in contemporary psychoanalytic and existential therapy at Boston University’s Danielsen Institute and then furthered my graduate training through a fellowship at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. I returned to Chicago in 2010 and eventually established Chicago Clinical Associates in 2013.

I have a breadth of experience working with a diverse range of individuals, couples, and groups. I’ve worked as a therapist in hospitals, community clinics, college counseling centers, and private practice settings. In addition to pursuing ongoing clinical consultation with numerous clinicians of considerable expertise in the field, I participate in various professional organizations and communities on the local, state, national, and international level.

When I’m not working, eating, or sleeping (or doing something related to those things), I enjoy playing with those I love and care for in life.

I work well with individuals from most walks of life – at this point, it’s mainly adults between the ages of 18 to 65, involved in some form of schooling or in various phases of a professional career. Whether you are single, partnered, married, divorced, widowed, and with or without children, I enjoy the diversity an urban setting affords and believe we will recognize and meaningfully integrate those numerous factors that make you unique into your therapeutic work.

Moreover, I work well with people looking to increase their emotional understanding and interpersonal awareness in life – not just those wanting symptom relief. I believe a great deal of the transformative power of psychotherapy involves your self-reflective engagement in a professional relational process, which allows for deeper insight into conflictual and self-defeating thoughts, beliefs, states-of-being, and interpersonal patterns. These often fuel the psychosocial “symptoms” with which we struggle, and therefore understanding and treating them can ultimately allow for a greater sense of freedom, stability, connection, and meaning in our lives and relationships.

I specialize in helping those whom are struggling with some aspect or a blend of the following:

  • Anxiety and depression – recent, recurrent, or longstanding
  • Interpersonal conflicts, or struggles to form and maintain more intimate and meaningful relationships
  • Addictive or compulsive tendencies
  • Tensions inherent within the overlap of your sexuality, identity, and/or spiritual beliefs
  • Histories and experiences of varying degrees of verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and/or spiritual abuse and neglect
  • Incessant shame, insecurity, self-criticism, and/or self-hatred
  • The interplay of the above while navigating various developmental transitions and changes in life (ie launching from your family of origin, finding a career or calling, dating, relational commitment and/or marriage, having children, changing careers, navigating significant losses, retirement)

Additionally, I provide professional case consultation and private practice consultation for other psychotherapists and helping professionals.

What I’m like as a therapist:

Technically-speaking, I rely heavily on contemporary psychoanalytic, attachment, neurobiology, and interpersonal affect-regulation theories to inform how I think about therapy, the nature of human experience and emotions, relationships and intimacy, trauma, and what constitutes ideals of psychosocial health. I realize that may sound a bit intellectualized and “heady” – in actuality, I strive to distill the abstract into the practical, and have been told I’m a laid-back, authentic, engaging, warm, empathic, and humorous person.

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