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Denise K. Ambre draws professional inspiration from helping clients overcome debilitating emotional problems and accomplish meaningful, sustainable change in their lives.

As a psychotherapist and certified psychoanalyst, Denise employs a psychodynamic approach that meets each client at their own personal “starting line.” She then applies tailored treatment methods to help clients identify specific patterns of behavior and develop strategies for overcoming them.

“My goal as a therapist is to let clients share their unique stories in a safe, constructive environment,” she explained. “Creating a clearly defined space where they are comfortable exploring their feelings is the first step toward healing old wounds and finding a measure of inner peace.”

Denise’s practice specialties include treating adults and adolescents struggling with depression, stress and anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, relationship concerns, and attachment issues. She also provides couples counseling, family therapy, and parenting support.

Compassion and empathy characterize her approach to client treatment.

Her practice has been molded by global experience. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Denise worked with NYC first responders and airline personnel, and coordinated with government officials in Mongolia to place institutionalized/orphaned children with loving families. Here at home, she has worked with local elementary and high schools as a suicide prevention consultant. 

Denise earned her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Psychoanalysis from the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute (WPI), Milwaukee, WI.

In addition to private practice, Denise is an educator who enjoys supporting future generations of clinical professionals. She teaches courses in psychoanalysis at WPI and supervises psychology graduate students at Northwestern University–where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Click here to read an interview with Denise in Voyage Chicago.