Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Tim O'Donohue earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and speech communication from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He decided to further his education at Benedictine University and earned his Master's degree in clinical psychology in 1995. O'Donohue has also earned certificates in project management and leadership from Northwestern University and Loyola University. O'Donohue is a licensed in Illinois as a clinical professional counselor and domestic violence professional. He has over 20 years of experience specializing in couples counseling, domestic violence, anger management and addiction.
Through his professional experience as a therapist, currently at The Center for Contextual Change, O'Donohue has learned how to effectively help people develop and implement a plan into the context of their lives for personal success. He has strengthened his natural abilities through years of gathering information on what is effective and non-effective in therapy. Whether it is anxiety, depression, anger, relationship problems, addiction, abuse or something else, the goal is not to simply eliminate the problem, it is also to get his patients to see and really feel their own value, and learn effective coping skills to bring success and joy into their lives. He approaches this work through two pathways. The first is an emotional pathway, which includes releasing past traumas from emotional makeup freeing a person to make better choices with less anxiety, shame or depression. Patterns and blind spots will be identified and changed for a better result.The second pathway involves tools. His patients learn specific strategies to get a better result in the present rather than they did in the past. He helps his patients find balance and courage to face their fears that have held them back from being their best self.
He believes that success in couples counseling comes when partners truly understand the dynamic of the relationship and how it is affecting each of them differently. They can begin to see their partner and the relationship differently. They regain hope and see the positives come back into their lives. The strengths that they were previously using in competition with each other become complimentary in the new harmony of the relationship. This combined with specific tools for communication and understanding will lead to years of a stronger connection with each other.
O'Donohue runs an emotional intelligence building program and is skilled in life planning and coaching. He has developed and led a D.C.F.S. approved parenting workshop and a state accredited partner abuse intervention program. O'Donohue is also the author of "Ten Steps to Better Living," a guide to positive relationships for perpetrators of domestic violence. O'Donohue has also led training workshops for the Chicago Police Department, the Archdiocese of Chicago, and numerous other groups and agencies in the Chicago area on topics of domestic violence, substance abuse, and positive relationships. O'Donohue also has experience creating, implementing and managing afterschool programs for Chicago Public School children. Through this field of work he was recruited by the French-American Foundation to teach gang prevention and assist in the development of after school programs in Marseilles France.
O'Donohue has numerous television appearances as a guest expert on addiction treatments. One of his television highlights includes an appearance with Dr. Drew Pinski and on ABC 7's Fighting Words Program.
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