Dr. Fred McKenzie

Fred McKenzie

Fred has an extensive career in private practice, not-for-profit agency work, and higher education. He was the Clinical Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, and the Executive Director of Barrington Youth Services. Most recently Fred served as a professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at Aurora University. He has been in private practice for many years, and comes to Intermission Therapies with expertise in Individual, Couple, Family and Group Counseling with people of all ages. Fred has extensive work experience with men and couples. He is also highly experience in helping clients deal with depression and anxiety. Fred is heading up the Divorce Sherpa Program at Intermission Therapies. He received his Master of Social Work Degree – MSW from George Williams College in Downers Grove, and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. Fred is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker – LCSW in the State of Illinois and the author of three books, all focusing on the counseling relationship. Fred believes that the Counseling Process is one of trust, support, unconditional positive regard, and a non-judgement attitude. Faith has always been an important part of all his work, and Fred believes it can help guide the therapy process. Fred is happily married and has one adult son.

The Reason Psychotherapy Works

For well over 100 years counselors and therapists have known that psychotherapy works. Clients the world over, as well as the general public knew the same. However, there was no “scientific” evidence to prove that fact. Research has indicated that the therapeutic relationship is the key to successful treatment, regardless of the clinical approach, or modality. But exactly how does the therapeutic relationship help? In the last 10-15 years or so, the field of Neuroscience has shed key light on this subject, and clearly indicated that counseling and psychotherapy changes the human brain. All thought, emotion, and action is registered in the human brain through neural networks. These pathways in the brain contain both positive and negative networks of thought, emotion, and physical activity. When a client comes to therapy, many of those neural connections are problematic and rigidly adhered to because the networks have been solidified for many years; some as early as in childhood.

So how does therapy help? By simply talking through these thoughts and emotions, and adjusting behaviors, with the help of a skilled clinician, the client’s neural networks will become modified into more positive adaptation. Over time, the old negative patterns are replaced by the new neural pathways. This can happen in as little as a few months. In some instances this process does take more time, depending on the nature of the problem, but a strong therapy relationship with a highly trained therapist can turn a client’s life around. The counselors at Intermission Therapies and Second Act can help. http://intermissiontherapies.com/.