Hi.  I am delighted to meet you.  My name is Thomas Buckner.  I am certified as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois and hold the prestigious National Certified Counselor (NCC) designation from the National Board of Certified Counselors.  I completed my Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Chicago State University.  I am confident that I have the expertise to help you and your family as I have worked professionally in the field of counseling and mental health for the past fifteen years in both the public and private sectors.

I am presently employed as a staff therapist at Edgewater Behavioral Health in Gary, Indiana, and as a Crisis Worker at Community Triage Center with the Human Resources Institute in Chicago, Illinois.  My career includes work with individuals, couples, families, and older children and teenagers.  My areas of expertise include case management and crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma, adolescent mental health, LGBTQ issues, domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction, anger management, dual diagnosis and severe mental illness, multicultural counseling, and health and rehabilitation psychology focused on chronic disease and development disabilities.  Having worked in Community Mental Health for many years, I am very knowledgeable about accessing community resources and serving as a community liaison and advocate for my clients.

I believe that we are all susceptible to problems in living and can get overwhelmed within our lives.  My efforts to help you start with being a good listener and helping you unlock your own potential to begin to set realistic goals to overcome your challenges.  I use a flexible, eclectic approach in counseling borrowing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy.  I provide teletherapy services for Generations and Home Psych Services using secure video teleconferencing technology for the comfort, convenience, added privacy and safety of my clients.

I reside in the South Suburbs of Chicago and enjoy time with my family.  I am a non-native speaker of Spanish and Hebrew.

I look forward to helping you overcome your difficulties and regain peace of mind!