Dr. Diane Fisher

Dr. Diane Fisher, Ph.D

Evanston (847) 989-1745 website
Combining a psychodynamic understanding of the self with a mindfulness-based approach is becoming the cutting-edge approach to psychotherapy. Accessing one's own inner wisdom through this lens is at once powerful and compassionate; up to making headway in the most seemingly complicated or intractable situations.


Services and products

Describe your services:
Individual psychotherapy which combines an in-depth psychodynamic understanding with the use of mindfulness-based tools

How does your healing modality work?
On a number of levels – through a healing relationship (I use lots of humour and warmth), gaining insight and making connections about the self, and learning a mindfulness tool that gives balance and perspective on a daily basis and accelerates change.

How do you see your services evolving over the next three years?
My services have evolved over 25 years of practice, I see myself gradually beginning to teach more mindfulness based courses and integrate this more into my practice as people of all ages become more open to this approach.

Issues / Benefits

Presenting issues and problems or types of clients

Why do people come to see you?
For an initial consultation to see if it is a good fit, and then for weekly or bi-weekly sessions for as long as the client decides. They may be open to learning mindfulness or may want to learn to apply it to their emotional well-being and personal development. They may come with a “diagnosis” of anxiety, depression, relationship issues etc., or they may come with more general midlife dissatisfaction, issues coping with an illness, sandwich generation issues etc.

Who is an ideal client?
Adults who are opening to looking at themselves and trying new angles to get unstuck in their lives, and “failure to thrive”, ADD, square peg-in-a-round hole teens. Creative, artistic souls; people who feel blocked; individuals who worry their therapist isn't smart enough for them.

Benefits and results people see

Many people feel they have “tried everything” or “know what to do but just can't do it.” These people begin to gain a feeling of more control and more hope. They experience less attachment to problematic feelings and thoughts that once felt like an integral part of them, an increased ability to exercise control, increased access to inner wisdom, a greater awareness of the physical body, hope and an increased feeling of self-efficacy in changing one's life. There is also increased insight, control and compassion in one's relationships


Healing philosophy or mission

Our inner wisdom, our soul's passion, our innate sense of fit are all available to us if we develop the ability to access them. A therapist is a partner in that journey.
Describe your style or approach:
As a fellow journeyman. Respectful of what the client is ready for, the level of confrontation and challenge that is helpful, and always ready with lots of humor and emotional connection to make the work more bearable.

Uniqueness and what makes you good

Describe your style or approach:
As a fellow journeyman. Respectful of what the client is ready for, the level of confrontation and challenge that is helpful, and always ready with lots of humor and emotional connection to make the work more bearable.

What makes you different/good at what you do?
I am able to make a broad range of adults and teens comfortable. I like people and I think I convey that warmth and humour quickly. I am able to be very gentle and intuitive and compassionate when needed, but I can also be quite challenging and stimulating with clients who feel they have “done it all”. I have 25 years of experience as a successful private practitioner and years of experience in working with a variety of issues. I also had amazingly good analytically-oriented training on the East Coast before moving to the Midwest.

Why do you do what you do?
I believed that the traditional psychotherapy model did not give an individual enough support in going back into the world and having any kind of success. When I discovered mindfulness practice, and started practicing it for myself, I became re-excited by the possibilities of using this cutting-edge work to jump-start and deepen the benefits of psychotherapy.

What else might someone want to know about you?
I am happy to offer a brief phone consultation – I think it is very important to pick a therapist who is a good fit for you.


Education and training

My PhD is from Loyola U of Chicago, and my doctoral internship was in Washington , DC at the National Institute for Mental Health where I stayed an studied with several psychoanalysts for several years. I also received MBSR training with John Kabat-Zinn at Omega Institute and am continuing to train in vipassana meditation and mindfulness based psychotherapy.

I have been quoted in a number of magazines and publications over the years, am cited in several books and have spoken at numerous conferences – the best list is on www.DrDianeFisher.com


Appointment length and fee range

How long is a typical session?
50 min

Fee Range
My normal fee is $150/hour

Typical session and how to prepare:

Describe a typical session:
We meet and talk together on a “see what comes up” basis, with some meditation woven in when appropriate to develop skills and access the self on a deeper level. This is what I have found to be far more effective than goal-setting, problem-focus etc.

How should someone prepare for a session?
With an open, brave, hopeful heart.

Insurance, cancellation policy, office hours and other logistics

Take Insurance?

Cancellation Policy?
24 hours

Office hours/days of the week:
Some evening and some daytime, also Sat am

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AgingThere is so much joy and wisdom available to us as we age if we can only develop the perspective needed for the challenges ahead. Learning mindfulness practices help us take a new view of the physical and emotional realities of aging, helping us develop an acceptance of reality, flexibility, self-compassion, and a new way to find meaning. I have come to believe in the impact mindfulness-based psychotherapy can have in shifting our response to the very real challenges of aging. We start finding we have more hope, more flexibility, more ability to enjoy in the moment and more calm when the crises do occur.
Midlife QuestionsThe “formula for living” we may have used in the first chapter of life is not enough to get us through the changes, losses and challenges at midlife. Mindfulness authors such as John Kabat-Zinn and Byron Katie teach us how to develop new tools (such as mindfulness meditation 10 min a day) and a new perspective to help us accept reality and find joy in ordinary life, just as it is. Many of us are ready for a jumpstart at midlife: I have found that mindfulness training (as part of psychotherapy) allows us to access our own inner wisdom, offering unique possibilities for healing and a new way of seeing our lives that is extremely comforting. Meditation skills prepares us for the challenges of aging by building self-compassion, and an awareness of habits and thoughts that bring unnecessary suffering.