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Dean Kapolas

Director of Research & Student Development, MSW

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  • Life transitions
  • Men’s issues
  • Relational issues, couples and family
  • LGBTQ+ specific issues
  • Gender identity 
  • Self-esteem

Meet Dean Kapolas, LSW and Training Director for TGC Illinois! 

With a belief that our stories shape our journey, Dean blends a narrative and client-centered therapy approach with insights from Lacanian psychoanalysis, exploring the power of language in healing and growth. He specializes in guiding individuals through life transitions and challenges that we seem to bump into over and over again, delving into the inner workings of the mind. He is particularly passionate about working with those curious about understanding themselves on a deeper level, with a therapeutic philosophy that revolves around the profound impact of language. By paying explicit attention to the narratives we construct, he facilitates healing, skill integration, and present-moment awareness. 


Locations: Naperville and Online (Online in FL as well)

Dean earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Gender Studies from Lake Forest College. He furthered his education with a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University.