Who We Are

Clinical Director

 

Steve  Wallman, LCSWSteve Wallman, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who concentrates his practice on relationship issues, major life transitions and general counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Steve’s perspective of believing that each of us has the ability to enhance life significantly through increased self-awareness and conscious choice is the basis for the development of evanston therapy group.


Steve specializes in men’s issues, helping men gain greater insight by identifying barriers that prevent honest, healthy relationships in the present.  He has 25 years of experience as a participant and leader in the Chicago Men’s Movement (The Mankind Project and Victories of the Heart, NFP). He is currently a co-leader of Victories of the Heart’s Wisdom Years Weekend, where men come together in a spirit of respect, safety, and hope to give them a deeper understanding of their past, greater insight into their present, and a new sense of anticipation about their future.

 

Steve does not restrict his practice to only working with men - he sees many women and couples also, and leads mixed-gender relationship therapy groups. Many of the couples he works with are seeking help for communication problems or other issues that cause conflict in a relationship, such as those surrounding money, trust, sex/intimacy and parenting.  Steve also has experience working with the issues of divorce, being both personally and professionally aware of the importance of sustained support in helping clients resolve the difficulties of divorce and children of divorce. He is remarried and the PROUD grandfather of five. He has attended numerous workshops and trainings about working with couples, and has benefited by learning from some of the top experts in the field, such as John Gottman and Harville Hendricks.


In addition to his private practice, Steve is the clinical consultant for The Full Picture, which helps organizations identify the business issues that prevent individual leaders within organizations from achieving the company’s goals and objectives. The process can assure that the individuals within the organization clearly understand and manage the personal issues that prohibit them from helping the company reach or maintain its goals and objectives.


Before becoming a therapist, Steve spent 20 years in corporate America in sales, marketing and project implementation; obtaining venture capital for business start up and development; and in sales management. He was formerly responsible for the administration of the Illinois Department of Human Services and Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development contracts providing vocational technical education to disadvantaged at-risk minority youth in school.


Steve obtained a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 1994, and has a post-graduate certificate from the Chicago Center for Family Health, Methods of Family and Couples Therapy. Steve has led numerous seminars and workshops for clients and professionals, and is an instructor with the Professional Development Program at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Clinicians


Gayle L. Victor, JD, MSWGayle L. Victor, JD, MSW, works with women, men and couples facing depression, anxiety, grief and loss and substance abuse, as well as those going through life transitions, relationship difficulties or other challenges. She enjoys the collaborative process when working with individuals interested in executive or life coaching. Gayle studied clinical social work at Loyola University, Chicago, specializing in adult mental health with a concentration in substance abuse. She practiced law for many years prior to receiving her MSW degree, and works with Alan in providing counseling to attorneys and their families through CareForLawyers.com. Gayle obtained her JD from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her early work experience was in many aspects of human resources administration, and she conducted legal search and recruiting for law firms and corporate law departments, consulting on matters of staffing, organization, and firm culture. Gayle is interested in issues surrounding women’s empowerment and has co-facilitated a women’s support group. She has done advanced work in group process through Northwestern University's Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies. Gayle is also a certified mediator, having been trained in mediation skills in the Professional Development Program at Northwestern University and in divorce and custody mediation through Mediation Training & Consultation Institute. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Chicago Bar Association.

 

 

Alan M. Levin, JD, MAAlan M. Levin, JD, MA, LCSW, works with men and women of all ages, including couples and groups, who are experiencing many kinds of challenges, from stress, anxiety, relational problems and difficulty with life’s changes, to depression, grief, loss, and panic attacks, as well as various forms of mental illness. Alan obtained his master’s degree in social work, with a clinical concentration, from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where he was trained in multiple modes of therapy and counseling. He previously received his BA from Yale University and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to becoming a therapist, Alan had a successful career practicing law in Chicago, and he has developed CareForLawyers.com to provide counseling services to attorneys which are uniquely informed by and geared towards the experience of being a lawyer. Since 2002, Alan is a facilitator of men’s experiential weekends designed to address the emotional and relational needs of men, under the auspices of Victories of the Heart, NFP. He has been involved in the men’s movement since 1997. Alan serves on the boards of Victories of the Heart and the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, of which he is a past chairman. He is a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the Chicago Bar Association. Alan also is a part-time therapist at a community mental health center, where he serves clients, including individuals, couples and groups, regardless of ability to pay.