About Doug


Doug Hinderer, MA, is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who especially enjoys working with couples. He has been married 40 years, to his wife Shirley, with whom he has 9 children, aged 36 to 17.

He believes at the core of every human being is the need to form safe emotional connections with the significant others in our lives. But, due to our frail human nature, our unmet emotional needs often lead to negative patterns of interaction that bring pain to our relationships. Doug works with couples and individuals to identify these negative interaction patterns and replace them with positive ones.

Doug is excited to work with clients in ways that integrate what he has learned from the science of psychology with what his Catholic faith has taught him about God’s grand design for His people, especially within the dynamic of marriage and family life. This passion for the sanctity of marriage has lead Doug to limit his practice strictly to individuals and couples seeking help with their marriages.

In addition to conducting individual and couples counseling, Doug conducts day long workshops for engaged and married couples.

Doug received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, Normal, IL; and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, Phoenix, AZ. In addition to his academic training, Doug has completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Level 1 and 2 training in the Gottman method.

Doug currently works part-time at the Chicago Christian Counseling Center in the River Forest office. He also provides teletherapy for couples and individuals through his private practice.

When he isn’t coaching couples, Doug can be found spending time with his five grandchildren or training his French Brittany puppy.

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