State of the Art Psychology
900 Skokie Blvd., Suite 123

Northbrook, IL 60062


Joan Faier-Routman, Ph.D. Joan Faier-Routman, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I provide a safe, comfortable space, and work with you as a team to build an effective therapeutic relationship.  I know it takes time for many people to develop trust, and I work patiently and support the development of this important component of psychotherapy.  My style is active.   Individuals who have worked with me on problems similar to yours have felt an increased sense of control over the problem(s), decreased anxiety, depression, and/or stress, improved communication with family member(s), coworker or boss.  These types of benefits can grow exponentially because once a problem is less bothersome you are able to focus your attention and energy on the goals you hope to accomplish.  I know your lives may be busy and I try to offer flexible hours that fit with your work/school schedule.

My doctoral training at Loyola University and the University of Chicago Medical Center focused on children and families.  I also pursued advanced training in Couples and Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Chicago.  I have expertise in working with individuals experiencing chronic illness, such as cancer, and fertility issues.

For many years I have worked with individuals in medical settings, both in the medical center and on an out-patient basis.  Collaborating effectively with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals is my strength.  I can be your guide, and show you the short-cuts, so you do not have to feel like you are wasting your precious time and energy "re-inventing the wheel".  Your family members are also going through this medical challenge with you.  As an experienced family therapist I address the impact of the illness on the couple and/or family.

I am a professional member of the following  organizations:
    Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
    International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCF)

I realize that committing to a therapeutic relationship involves an investment of time, energy and money.  You may want to ask yourself some of the following questions:
    How much does my problem with anxiety currently cost me?(e.g. decreased sleep, isolation,etc.)
    What is the toll it takes on your family members? (e.g. increased conflict, restricting activities, etc.) 
    Is the problem also affecting your general health? (e.g. bodily complaints, under or overeating, etc.) 
    How much will the problem cost me if I continue to feel stressed and irritable with each passing day?
    What do I lose if I continue to struggle with relationships?
    What will it cost me if I continue to procrastinate and not accomplish my goals?
When you compare the anticipated costs of psychotherapy to the costs of allowing the current problems to fester, you may come to the realization that you may come out ahead by choosing the therapeutic route, especially if you have tried to do it on your own or have used self-help guides unsuccessfully.
Perhaps it is time to give the psychotherapeutic relationship a chance.

Make a commitment to yourself now and call (847)568-1056 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Faier-Routman or click here to Send Me An Email.