Karen Daiter, PhD


The experience of competent, never married, over forty adults (2010)

Karen is a psychotherapist & educator working in private practice with children, adolescents and adults.  She is on faculty at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and also a clinical consultant for The Juvenile Protection Agency and L’Arche-Chicago.   She is a prior Head of School for City Elementary and has also worked in other school setting. Her interests include diverse learners, mind/body integration and the integration of psych-dynamic and developmental issues.  She is interested in how systems work.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Approach: Psychodynamic psychotherapy from a Relational perspective.

Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults and Couples

Areas of Specialization: Individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults; Couples therapy with a focus on parent and/or marital issues.  Interests include diverse learners, trauma, attachment disorders, developmental issues, and psychiatric disorders


  • BA, Beloit College

  • MA, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

  • M.Ed. – Concordia University of Chicago

  • PhD, Institute for Clinical Social Work

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • Cl 511 & 512: First Year Case Conference 1 & 2

  • Clinical consultant

Awards & Honors

  • Edith Abbott Award Recipient, University of Chicago, SSA graduate student award for clinical and academic excellence

  • Distinguished Service Award. Institute for Clinical Social Work, 2016


180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60601

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