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John C. Knapp, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Insight-oriented psychotherapy for Andersonville and Greater Chicago


John received his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Prior to his doctoral research, he taught high school courses on Ethics, Social Justice, World Religions, and Holocaust Studies in his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. He worked as a clinician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 6 years in residential, partial hospitalization, and private practice settings before moving to Illinois. While in Pittsburgh, he developed a specialty in child's play therapy and adolescent psychology alongside his treatment of adults and couples. 

Publications and Research:

John is the co-editor of the book, Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority: 'The Psychological Difference' in the work of Wolfgang Giegerich. He has lectured internationally and is published on topics related to psychology and the Holocaust. He continues to pursue research interests regarding the psychological significance of such contemporary phenomena as the Shoah, the nuclear bomb, or mass incarceration in America. He has a particular expertise and interest in psychodynamic post-Jungian therapy and analysis, i.e., the works of James Hillman and Wolfgang Giegerich, as well as a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to exploring one's dream life. He enjoys tennis, fishing, traveling, and glassblowing. Please read more about the practice of psychotherapy and John's particular therapeutic approach on the following pages.

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"This book is a feast! It explains and amplifies the most radical of recent psychological perspective and thinking, positing the notion of psychology as psychology with soul, or as a discipline of interiority. This is necessary reading for anyone who desires to engage in conversations concerning true psychology and its relevance to contemporary life."

-David L. Miller, Ph.D., Watson-Ledden Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University