Gregory  Potts

Gregory Potts

Master of Arts, MA

Masters in Divinity, MDiv

Master of Social Work, MSW

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in North Shore practice (updated November 15, 2019)

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Lincoln Park practice (updated November 15, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Gregory Potts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices in Winnetka, IL and the Old Town neighborhood in Chicago. He works with individuals and couples, including those at all phases of adulthood from young adults through older adults, recognizing that each phase of life comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities. He has extensive experience working with older individuals, who may be navigating loss, health challenges, new disabilities, and/or retirement.

Gregory is sex-positive and has special experience and training in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, as well as those who are exploring their sexuality or gender identity. He also has expertise in spirituality and religion and welcomes clients who have had positive and/or negative experiences in this area.

Gregory has training in The Gottman Method and utilizes this when working with couples. His goal is to help couples improve their communication and reconnect with one another.  When working with both couples and individuals, he takes a person-centered approach and meets his clients where they are. He utilizes a combination of behavioral and insight-oriented therapies to help his clients reframe past experiences and gain a better understanding of how these experiences have shaped who they are today while also teaching them new coping strategies.

Gregory is compassionate and supports his clients along their unique journey towards healing. Prior to becoming a therapist, he was a journalist and received his MDiv from the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has experience working with mental health centers and agencies, where he worked with both the HIV+ community and older adults. His Old Town office is accessible via the Brown and Purple lines at Sedgwick while his Winnetka office is located near the Winnetka Metra stop. He is part of SamaraCare Counseling, a group practice dedicated to helping clients find clarity, understanding, and acceptance.


Message to clients

You may come to therapy because you are feeling depressed or anxious. You may not even be able to identify at first exactly what you are looking for other than a nagging feeling that you aren’t living the life you want. I strive to create a safe space for my clients to voice the thoughts, feelings, and memories that you carry around with you, and that you may never have had the chance to speak aloud. I respond to you with respect and compassion and help you to become kinder and more compassionate toward yourself. I invite you to reflect on your sources of meaning and purpose, whether they include organized religion, spirituality, or a personal philosophy of life. Giving voice to your authentic self requires courage, but it can create an opportunity for healing, change and growth. I look forward to meeting you!


Specialties

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $165
  • Sliding scale: $40 - $165

Therapist's note

Gregory can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

North Shore practice

690 Oak Street

Winnetka, IL 60093

Hours
  • Mon 9am-3pm
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 4pm-8pm
  • Thu 9am-6pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat 9am-9pm
  • Sun Closed

Lincoln Park practice

1711 North Cleveland Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Chicago Theological Seminary, M.Div., 2006

University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, M.A., 2008


Languages

  • English

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