About Tom Hammerman, LMFT
I’m here to help you with your problems. Through our work together, you will learn to strengthen connections and build confidence and trust. I believe you already know how to find happiness in your relationships, and in your life—you just need some guidance to get there.
I love being a marriage and family therapist, but this isn’t my first career; I’ve also worked as a librarian. I enjoyed the work, but realized I wanted to help people live better lives. Several years ago, I honored that desire and returned to school, where I learned how to help individuals, couples and families.
I earned my MSMFT (Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Northwestern University. After graduating, I held a clinical fellowship at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. My undergraduate degree is from St. John’s College in Annapolis, and I have a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University.
Constantly learning and improving my clinical skills is a high priority for me. I am a certified therapist and supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I am also a Level I therapist in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).
As a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), as well as the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute, I stay up-to-date on the latest research and strategies for therapeutic success.
Teaching also provides me with continued opportunities for learning. I’m an adjunct professor at Northeastern Illinois University, where I teach classes in marriage and family counseling.
I also enjoy writing about my experience in ways that help other therapists; recently, I co-authored an article about family business consulting and the challenges families face for Family Process magazine.