John C. Knapp, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Insight-oriented Psychotherapy for the North Shore, Andersonville, and Greater Chicago
Dr. Knapp has extensive knowledge of child psychology as he has worked with children and adolescents for over 11 years as a high school teacher, volleyball coach, and psychologist. His youthful spirit and appreciation for this time period of the human person's lifespan helps him connect deeply with youth so that they feel safe and comfortable. He is of the opinion that childhood and adolescence are not meant to be suppressed but nurtured and that the child's spirit is one which transcends the age of the individual. It is a constant force in the life of the person, without which life would become stale, meaningless, and empty. As a psychologist, Dr. Knapp's focus is upon helping individuals nurture and cultivate a deep relationship to these life principles within the limits of school, family, peers, and society. He works with children and adolescents who have emotional and behavioral issues, excessive impulsivity, difficulty connecting with peers, and those who are dealing with other psychological stressors such as abuse or loss.
Dr. Knapp provides play therapy and sandtray therapy for children as well as talk therapy for adolescents. In his experience, play therapy can be a more effective therapeutic approach for children because it not only makes children feel safe and comfortable but also allows children to express themselves more easily. His approach with adolescents, while different from play therapy, is also interactive, playful, comforting, and engaging.