Richard Lauter


My Approach

Richard approaches his patients in a non-judgmental way, with deep empathy and acceptance. His 40 years as a restructuring lawyer gives him the unique life experience to help his patients identify the problems that brought them into therapy, and then in engage with them in a journey to find the individual strengths and resources they already possess to move past the problem and forward with their lives. Many patients come into therapy believing that they are the problem that is preventing them from living a happy and fulfilling life. He seeks to separate the person from the problem and explore the ways in which the problem is acting as a barrier. To do this he utilizes a direct, client centered, problem-solving approach that integrates cognitive and narrative techniques. In addition, he has special training in an approach to treating trauma that combines neuroscience and attachment theories.

Ages Treated | Preteens, Teens, Adults, Elders

About Richard Lauter

My Experience

After spending many years as a lawyer, with a special interest in mental health, Richard finally decided to achieve his lifetime goal of becoming a therapist and attended Loyola University Chicago to obtain his master’s degree in its clinical mental health program. He worked with patients of many different ages and backgrounds during his internship at Catholic Charities and served as a Board Member and mental health therapist at a community mental health center in the Chicago area. He has experience working with teens, adults, families and couples in individual, family, and couples counseling on a wide range of issues. He has also worked extensively with individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+.


University of Kansas, B.A.
Political Science and Communications
Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D.
Loyola University of Chicago, M.S.
Social Work

Languages Spoken

English, French, Hebrew



Treatment Modalities

  • Attachment-Based Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy

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