The staff of the Center consists of experienced clinicians trained in
psychodynamic psychotherapy and in the engagement of the spiritual and
religious dynamics of human experience. Each member of the staff holds a
master's or doctoral degree from a major university or seminary,
has engaged in extensive clinical training. All staff members are licensed
by the state of Illinois as Clinical Professional Counselors, Clinical
Social Workers, or Psychologists. Several staff members are, in addition,
certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Members of
the staff represent a variety of different faiths and approaches to religious
and spiritual life. The intake coordinator will see that you are referred to a
therapist whose orientation best fits your needs.
Gilbert W. Bowen is a Presbyterian minister. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary,
from which he received the M.Div. and, later, the D.Min, Dr. Bowen served various
congregations across the Midwest and in Germany. He retired in 2007, after serving as Senior
Minister of Kenilworth Union Church for 37 years. He is the author of six books. Early in
his career Dr. Bowen sought to enhance his skills in pastoral counseling and, toward that
end, enrolled in the education program at CRPC. He completed the program and received the
Center's Training Certificate. Dr. Bowen was Chair of the CRPC Board in the 80's, until
his expanded church duties made that impossible. Since his retirement he has rejoined
Celia Brickman received her Ph.D. in Religion and Psychology from the
University of Chicago’s Divinity School. 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 a faculty member of CRPC’s Education Program and 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.
Catherine Burris-Schnur, D.Min., L.C.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9179
Catherine Burris-Schnur has a deep passion for clinical work and came to the field
of psychotherapy after many years of administrative roles in various medical centers.
She graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Chicago Theological
Seminary, and received a certificate from CRPC's Education Program in Self
Psychology and Religion. Catherine is an ordained minister of the American
Baptist Churches, USA. She served as an officer for eight years in various
capacities, which included four years as President of the American Baptist
Churches of Metro Chicago. In 2015, the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago
honored Catherine with the Elmer H. Johnson Award for Exemplary Service. Catherine
is the Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago,
and serves on the faculty, teaching the Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
course and Counseling Techniques: Integrative Case Conference. She is also an
adjunct faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Loyola
University of Chicago. She works with adult individuals and couples, and has
particular interest in feminist issues, the challenges within the church for
clergy, the integration of Self Psychology and religion, and depth psychology.
With Catherine's numerous years of administrative experience, she works closely
with executives in faith-based and other professional settings. Catherine also
periodically co-facilitates a clergy consultation group at the Center. She has
office hours in the Loop and in Evanston.
Gloria Grasse, Ph.D.
312-263-4368, ext. 9082
Gloria Grasse comes to her work at CRPC after a career in the performing arts. She has
a particular interest in the impact of the creative process on the psychological and
spiritual transformation of individuals. Before joining CRPC’s staff, Gloria worked with
homeless and marginalized individuals in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. She has a
master of arts in pastoral care and counseling and a PhD in pastoral theology, personality
and culture from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her research addresses resilience
and the concept of the Divine as it relates to groups and individuals struggling with
trauma. Gloria has been working with couples and individuals since 2008. She works with
clients around issues of identity, vocation, and the creative process. Gloria has worked
extensively with individuals in recovery from addiction as well as abuse survivors;
addressing their experiences with anxiety and depression while working toward the
development of life-giving skills.
Rachel Honaker, M.A.
I (She/Her/Hers) have a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling
from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and have completed the
Certificate program in Self-Psychology and Religion through CRPC.
My work is primarily psychodynamic, while allowing for the unique needs
of every client. I bring a passion for journeying with clients as they
engage in the work of identity formation, growth, and integration at
life’s crossroads and intersections. My experience includes working
with clients as they experience anxiety, depression, loss, and grief.
I will accompany you as you connect to yourself and the people in your
life by making space for exploring your emotions and improving
communication as you move towards a sense of well-being. I am committed
to providing a safe place, whoever you are, wherever you are in life, or
what you bring. I believe we can work together towards a building fuller life.
“I’ve never known anyone who was what [they] seemed; or at least, was
only what [they] seemed. People carry worlds within them.” - Neil Gaiman
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).
Thomas J. Litwiler, J.D.
Thomas J. Litwiler is a founding partner of Fletcher & Sippel LLC, where he practices
primarily in the area of railroad regulatory law. He is a graduate of Northwestern
University School of Law in Chicago and Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
He serves as the treasurer of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, and acts
as general counsel for the American Baptist Historical Society in Atlanta, Georgia.
Margaret L. Mason has a broad background in the arts, education and psychotherapy. Margaret
brings specialized knowledge of the body-mind connection to her clinical work with adults
individuals and couples. She is skilled in helping with depression, anxiety, relationship
issues, identity issues, grief, lossand issues related to aging. 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.
Timothy O’Connell, Ph.D.
Timothy O’Connell, president of the board, is professor of ethics in the Quinlan School
of Business and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. During his
Loyola career he has also served in various administrative capacities, including ten years
as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. The author of twelve books and over fifty articles,
he is a nationally known expert in business ethics, professional ethics and the role of
values in organizational life.
Doug Petersen, M.Th.
Douglas L. Petersen is a retired Presbyterian minister, who is Pastor Emeritus of The First
Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor, MI. He is a former member of the staff of CRPC, where
he trained and became the clinical coordinator in 1972. He holds a Masters Degree in
Theology and a Bachelor's in Psychology from The University of Chicago. His professional
career included service as a pastor, pastoral counselor and church consultant.
Lallene Rector, M.T.S., Ph.D.
In January 2014, Dr. Lallene J. Rector became president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological
Seminary located in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Rector has been a faculty member since 1986
and held the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2006-2013.
Dr. Rector received a BA in psychology and religion from Texas Christian University, an
MTS from Boston University’s School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in psychology of religion from
Boston University’s Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences in 1986. She received
clinical training in pastoral psychotherapy at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of
Chicago, and subsequently trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in
Chicago. Dr. Rector is a United Methodist layperson and serves the national church on a
number of committees related to education and ministry.
William Winger, L.P.C.
312-263-4368, ext. 9076
Bill Winger comes to CRPC after spending many years in the business world and in
academia. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University, and holds advanced
degrees from The University of Chicago and The Institute for Clinical Social Work.
He also graduated from the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Chicago
Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he is currently training to become a psychoanalyst.
He works primarily with adolescents and adults, with a particular interest in those
dealing with the challenges of depression, anxiety, loss and mourning. He is also
experienced in helping with identity and relationship issues. Bill employs a broadly
psychodynamic approach in his clinical work, with a focus on empathy and insight.