Niquie Dworkin

Niquie Dworkin

Clinical Adjunct Faculty
  • Affiliate Faculty
    Clinical Psychology

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Clinical Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
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On-campus Ext.
Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy

Niquie Dworkin, PhD. is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment. Dr. Dworkin has nearly 20 years experience in treating eating disorders at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, The Rock Creek Center's inpatient eating disorders services and in private practice. Dr. Dworkin is an Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has been an Instructor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and at the Northwestern University Counseling Psychology Program. She supervises psychology students at the graduate and post-graduate levels. In addition to eating disorders and substance abuse, Dr. Dworkin specializes in the treatment of compulsive shopping, gambling, sex and Internet use, obsessive/compulsive disorder, compulsive self-injury, trauma, infertility, pregnancy and postpartum issues, parenting, relationship difficulties, and grief and loss. She conducts individual and couples psychotherapy, and consultation. Her theoretical interests include psychotherapy integration, psychotherapy process and outcome history of psychotherapy, philosophy of psychology, and dreams.

  • Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, Candidate, Psychoanalysis, 2007-2009
  • Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, Candidate, Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program, 2000-2003
  • Harold Washington College, Chicago, Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor, 1996, Substance Abuse Counseling Program, 1996
  • Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 1995, Dissertation: The Impact of the Interaction Between Patient Characteristics and Therapeutic Interventions on Outcome, Defended November 17,1995.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL, 

Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Dworkin, L.N.  Observing Ego, Self, and Therapeutic Action: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives  Presented at the APA Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology Midwinter Meeting, February, 2013. 

  • Dworkin, L.N.  Relativism and It’s Discontents:. An examination of Phillip Reiff’s theory as applied to contemporary developments in psychotherapy.  Presented at the APA Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology Midwinter Meeting, March, 2012. 

  • Dworkin, L.N.  The Cultural Meaning of Body-Based Symptoms.  Presented at the Illinois Psychological Association annual convention, October 2011 

  • Dworkin, L.N.  Teaching the Unteachable:  An integrative model of relational supervision.   Presented at Cathedral Counseling’s clinical training meeting, April 2010. 

Select Publications

  • Dworkin, L.N. & Luglio, C.  The Sum of the Parts:  Three variations on integrative psychodynamic relational theory—a book review essay.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration  19(4), 385-401. 

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association 
  • APA Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 
  • APA Division of Psychoanalysis APA Division of Experimental Psychology 
  • APA Division of Religion and Spirituality 
  • International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders 
  • Illinois Psychological Association 
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration 
  • Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy. 

A. I try to create a safe environment where students can express their opinions and feel free to disagreee with me and the authors we are reading. I want students to think actively and critically. I incorporate many case illustrations and expereintial exercises in order to give students a first hand feeling for applying the theories we are learning. 

Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology. 

A. I believe that clinical practice should be theoretically informed, but that theories must be continually tested by listenign to clients in an open and genuine mode. The therapist is in a position of influence and authority and must therefore constantly search herself to understand her own mental and emotional processes. 

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology? 

A. At age eleven I read Joanne Greenberg's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, which described the long term treatment of a teenage girl and I knew I wanted to become a therapist. I still find the intimacy and intricacy of psychotherapy a never ending source of fulfillment and fascination.