Sean M. Dowdy, PhD LPC

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Sean Dowdy, PhD | Depth Counseling

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122 S Michigan Ave, Suite 1441
Chicago, IL 60603


  • Anxiety
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  • Bipolar Disorder
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  • Class/Caste
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  • Cultural Distress
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  • Depression
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  • Family Issues
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  • Gender/Sexuality
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  • Grief/Loss
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  • Identity
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  • Immigration
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  • Kink/BDSM
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  • Military Veterans
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  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
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  • Polyamory/Open Relationships
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  • Race/Disenfranchised Populations
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  • Relationships/Attachment
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  • Religion/Spirituality/Faith
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  • School/Academic Issues
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  • South Asian and Asian American Issues
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  • Trauma/PTSD


The willingness to examine oneself—with honesty, curiosity, wonder, but also ambivalence and doubt—might be one of the bravest achievements of any human life. Acknowledging and respecting that courage in clients is my first sacred duty as a therapist. Many more sacred duties follow but, overall, I endeavor to provide a ritual-like time and space to work through my clients’ emotional lives toward ends of transformation, healing/remediation, repair, play, and creation. My approach to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy is to understand the role of one’s past in the present in order to create a better future. With a background in anthropology, I moreover find therapy to be an exercise where the strange things about ourselves and others are made familiar as much as familiar things about the same are made strange. It is an exercise in getting un-stuck, in grasping the multiple ways we can live with others on this beautiful yet fragile world, and in building something new for ourselves and for future generations.


Candidate, Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo, Research Council of Norway Funded Project: Shrinking the Planet

Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2017-2021

Associate Editor, Prickly Paradigm Press

PhD, University of Chicago, Anthropology

MA, Institute for Clinical Social Work, Clinical Counseling & Psychotherapy

MA, University of Chicago, Anthropology

MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences

BA, Knox College, Anthropology & Sociology

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