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Larry Stoler, Ph.D.
Special interests
In his practice, Dr. Stoler's areas of interests are phobias, fear of flying, peak performance, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and emotional trauma. The treatment methods he employs include general psychotherapy, energy psychotherapy, and qigong and other self-healing modalities. Hypnosis and guided imagery are important to his work as well.

License Clinical psychology, State of Illinois
Doctor of Philosophy Finch University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School
Internship Ravenswood (Illinois) Hospital Community Mental Health Center
Academic appointments Instructor, University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School

Dr. Stoler served as a psychologist at American WholeHealth's Lincoln Park and Michigan Avenue Centers and as a clinical consultant for WholeHealthMD. He routinely works with individuals and couples and treats a wide range of psycho-emotional problems including traumatic reactions; anxiety and panic disorders; phobias; performance anxiety; grief, loss and stage-of-life issues.

His orientation is integrative psychotherapy, which draws on both conventional and alternative therapeutic methods. As an expert in energy psychotherapy, he uses techniques derived from the principles that govern acupuncture and other energy-based body modalities. He has found that these techniques often bring rapid relief from such acute conditions as public speaking anxiety and fear of flying, and are also effective in helping patients deal with anger, grief and other emotional issues and conflicts.

Dr. Stoler began his career as a clinical social worker at the Cleveland Clinic, where he specialized in family counseling and in treating sexual abuse and eating disorders. He's also been a volunteer counselor for incest victims. He has given many presentations on these and related topics at colleges, annual psychology meetings, and the Treatment Center for Victims of Political Torture.

He believes that successful therapy is a collaboration between doctor and patient that is aimed at overcoming disabling symptoms and limitations and allowing a person to reach his or her full potential. "My friends often ask me how I can listen to people's troubles all day and not become depressed or overwhelmed," Dr. Stoler says. "Far from getting depressed, though, I find being a therapist is uplifting and life-affirming."

He explains that for a person embarking on therapy, the process is usually a "heroic journey away from limitation, fear and isolation towards freedom, purpose and connectedness. Every day I witness people's courage and tenacity, and I'm awed once again by the miracles of healing and transformation unfolding before me."

Date Published: 04/13/2005 Return to Top