Student & Early Career Groups

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Private Practice: A Panel Discussion for Early Career Professionals

 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N Wells, Room 412

 Monday, November 9, 2015 from 6:30-8pm

Panel: Diane Fisher, Ph.D, Benjamin Schwartz, Psy.D, Theresa Gregoire, Psy.D

Join us for an informative and engaging discussion on private practice. Dr. Diane Fisher, a licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice for many years, joins with Drs. Benjamin Schwartz and Theresa Gregoire, early career licensed clinical psychologists working in private practice, to discuss the professional and personal considerations and decisions involved in establishing and maintaining a psychotherapy practice.

There is no fee to attend this program.

Inquiries may be addressed to Theresa Gregoire at:


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NEW Early Career Group and Student Groups forming!

Early Career Group:  Diane Fisher, PhD –

Student Group:  Gary Walls, PhD –

CAPP Early Career Group
The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology is eager to facilitate the transition of its student and intern members into early career professionals. To this end, individuals who are approximately 7 years or less post-degree are invited to participate in Early Career Groups designed to address professional identity and practice issues. Participants also discuss cases from a psychodynamic perspective and sometimes read and discuss psychodynamic writings as they elucidate theory and inform practice.  Each group is facilitated by a senior clinician.  As enough members express interest, new groups form and begin meeting monthly. Time and location are determined with attention to the needs of the participants and the facilitator.  Membership in CAPP is required.

CAPP Student Group

CAPP’s Student Group is a casual and flexible forum for students to gather with senior psychoanalytically oriented clinicians to creatively explore psychoanalytic ideas. Activities include: exploring psychoanalysis in film and the arts; navigating graduate training; professional development; case discussions/consultation; readings; and other topics or activities of the members choosing.   Graduate students are encouraged to join the Student Group as a supplement to their formal training to gain access to psychoanalytic ideas, theory, research, and technique in a small group setting.   Time and location is by the needs of the group and the group leader.  Contact Gary Walls, PhD at     Membership is required.

Dr. Gary Walls is organizing a Student Discussion Group to meet one time a month for 1.5 hours at his office in downtown Chicago. The group will decide its own agenda, which may include discussion of psychoanalytic readings, case discussion, career issues, and practice issues.

Dr. Walls is a graduate of Harvard University in Psychology and Social Relations.  He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Miami university (Ohio), and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in psychotherapy at Northwestern
Medical School, Department of Psychiatry in Chicago.  Dr. Walls has decades of experience with psychoanalytic psychotherapy, helping people with a wide range of life problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and intimacy problems, and self-defeating personality patterns. He has been in independent practice in downtown Chicago for over twenty-five years. Dr. Walls has taught and supervised at several area graduate schools of clinical psychology. He has published and presented extensively on various clinical and professional topics, including theory of technique, and working interculturally.

We are pleased to announce that a new Early Career Group is forming.  Leader:  Diane Fisher, PhD.

In the past, our Early Career Groups have been a great success and have evolved into self-sustaining ongoing peer groups.  We are looking forward to seeing more of you have the chance to be part of an Early Career Group as important network and support resources for your growing professionalism.

 Diane Fisher, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Evanston and Lincoln Square. She is currently affiliated with North Shore University Health System.  Dr. Fisher has successfully started independent private practice three separate times over the last 30 years, twice in Washington DC area and five years ago in Chicago. During those years she has also published numerous articles for the popular press, served as an elected township trustee, served on several non-profit boards, written white papers and advocated in Springfield and DC for family legislative matters, and hosted a radio show. She has also done a good amount of public speaking, given workshops, taught as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College, Loyola University of Baltimore and National Louis University.  Dr. Fisher received her internship training at National Institute of Mental Health – St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington DC. Since then, she has pursued post-doctoral supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as training in MBSR with Dr. John Kabat-Zinn. Dr. Fisher attends silent mindfulness retreats on a regular basis and teaches mindfulness. She continues to use a combination of psychoanalytic thought and Buddhist psychology in her practice. She treats a range of patients from age 15 to 83 with a clinical focus that integrates her background in a psychodynamic understanding of the person, mindfulness, internal family systems and trauma work. Her bio is detailed at

Diane is looking forward to being more personally and professionally involved with CAPP’s Early Career members.  Contact her at:

We hope to start up this group as soon as we have enough interested members so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Diane.

CAPP considers it a privilege and a very important responsibility to support early career clinicians as they embrace the beginnings of their professional life and launch meaningful and fulfilling careers. We congratulate and welcome all of our early career members as they move into this phase of professional life.