Elizabeth Ritzman, LCPC

Relationship & Couples Counseling
Chicago Illinois 60707

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About Rev. Elizabeth Ritzman

I’ve been in clinical practice since 1985. In that time I’ve learned creating a strong, intimate connection in your marriage is the most important, most meaningful and most challenging work that you can do.

Have you worried that the conflict in your relationship is fatally toxic? What’s interesting about that is how common power struggles, distancing and pure anger are in marriage. Rather than pronounce it ‘dysfunctional’ I help couples understand how normal these struggles are so they can use Marriage Therapy to rebuild faith in the relationship and each other.

Despite the harsh challenges facing all couples these days, marriage is the primary tool available for human beings for personal development and maturity. I use the word marriage in the most inclusive sense, honoring those who are in a committed relationship.

I encourage you to face whatever opportunities for growth and maturity bring you to this page. Your relationship provides the best designed “lab” for the growing-up necessary as adults. That lab has many crucibles and tests and most couples find they end up in a power struggle or in some gridlock along the way. Even normal developmental challenges can result in “stuckness” – deciding to marry, having kids, moving.

In couple’s therapy, I create an atmosphere of respect for your relationship and each individual. I ‘hold the tension’ between couples as I work with each partner; and help both develop the skills to manage their own individual anxiety within the relationship and take responsibility to work on healing and maturing. It’s the process of working through the stuckness together that creates real intimacy. Without conflict and differences, we’d never get there. 

I will help you build your capacity to risk yourself within your romance and your ability to successfully invite your partner to do the same.

Compromise, “better communication” and negotiation will help you collaborate and ease tension but won’t build joy, intimacy or marital satisfaction. Compromise creates an atmosphere of disappointment and frankly, negotiating away differences may extract excitement from the relationship, causing a loss of eroticism. There are exciting, playful and incredibly satisfying options to giving up or getting out!

As a human race, we are now exploring new frontiers in intimacy; it is a great joy to participate personally and professionally, in this process of human growth and development. It’s incredibly rewarding to be the therapist who sees couples work through the gridlock and find an intimacy they had not even dreamt of.

I invite you to give me a call and ask questions. I’ll be happy to answer what I can on the phone and to schedule an introductory session.

For more information visit my website.

*This is challenging counseling. Not every couple can do this work and reap it's rewards. If it's not for you; I'll be glad to get you connected to someone else.

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  • Rev. Elizabeth Ritzman, LCPC
  • Street Address
  • 6832 W North Ave
  • Suite, Apt, Other
  • Suite 4B
  • City
  • Chicago
  • State
  • Illinois
  • Zip Code
  • 60707
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    License Certification

  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • License Number
  • 180001294
  • License State
  • IL
  • Education

  • Graduate School/University
  • Mc Cormick Theo Seminary; Kansas State
  • Highest Degree Earned
  • MDiv, MS
  • Graduation Year
  • 1988
  • Gender
  • Female
  • Therapy Settings
  • In Office

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