Dr. Steven Hurley

(Psy.D., MA, BA)

About Me

Steven Hurley, Psy. D.

Anxiety, Depression, & other Mood Disorders; PTSD; Anger & Stress Management; Coping Mechanisms; Drug & Alcohol Abuse; Non-Substance Addictions; Dual Diagnosis; Behavioral Management; Couples/Marriage Therapy - including Pre-Marital Screening and Divorce Mediation; Geriatric Disorders; Sports Psychology; Sexual Issues including: Dysfunction, Abuse, & Offender; LGBTQ concerns; Self-Esteem; Prisoner issues; Life Coaching; and Career Counseling

Inspiration for the process of therapy can be drawn from one of the best movie quotes of all time, "No! Try not! Do or Do Not, There is no try." These are very powerful words telling people, especially to those in therapy that you must either willingly make your own necessary and sometimes critical changes in your life or you don't. Therapy is about actively regaining control of your personal energy. Therapy is a collaborative approach to healing and well-being between a client and therapist. The therapist helps guide a person into making better life decisions, but the client must intuitively think of new ways of managing their life stressors that they are comfortable starting and maintaining. Clients not willing to make changes for themselves will continue to spin helplessly and hopelessly out of control. The mind is constantly changing; people in therapy must also learn to continually adjust and adapt to new situations while keeping a mindful-eye on their past.

Education and Training:
Dr. Hurley received his Master of Arts (MA) in General and Theoretical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated with a Doctoral Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology (FIPP) in Springfield, Missouri. At FIPP, Dr. Hurley specialized in Marriage and Family Counseling. Other areas of training include neuro-psychology, anger management, bio-feedback, and pre-marital counseling. During his doctoral program he worked in a children's psychiatric hospital. His internship was in community mental health, and he participated in a national study on Schizophrenia. Dr. Hurley's post-doc residency was in substance abuse and rehabilitation.

After his post-doc residency he spent two years in private practice in Libertyville, IL. Dr. Hurley then became the medical director for a Chicago based firm doing home health care delivering mental health therapy to Chicago's south-side geriatric African-American population who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Dr. Hurley has taught undergraduate students at Robert Morris College in Aurora, IL and graduate students at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He finds teaching to be a change of pace and a way of leading a new generation of therapists into the Health Services Industry.

His career path changed when he moved to Knoxville, TN. Dr. Hurley was the Clinical Director for Mental Health for Tennessee's main intake prison facility. He worked with various criminals making sure that they received the help they needed and to minimize suicide attempts. Dr. Hurley's stance on his education, training, and career is to always strive to learn more, to do more, and to be the best therapist possible.

Dr. Hurley has since moved and changed careers. He has worked in private practice dealing with individuals and couples while supervising trainees. He has also gone back into working with the criminal population in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Dr. Hurley is always looking for ways to help people become the very best version of themselves.

Therapeutic Stance:
My approach to therapy with my clients is multi-faceted. There is no one therapy to fit all. I like to approach issues from a psycho-dynamic, family systems, CBT, Gestalt, existential, and medical stance. When dealing with mental health disorders you have to consider the mind as well as the body for the root of a problem. Therapy needs to be understandable by those who seek help and I have spent years refining my technique to help clients understand the issues they're facing and the theories on how to resolve said issues. People feel more comfortable and understood if you can talk to them in the various places they are currently. I love to see individuals, couples, and groups in a calm, peaceful, and most importantly neutral environment. I love to make presentations to groups for psycho-educational purposes as well.

Other psychological interests include neuro-psychology and brain imaging, music and movie therapy, sexual dysfunction and addictions, sports psychology, and psychopharmacology. I hope to further my training in psychopharmacology in order to receive prescribing privileges in Illinois. I love to use humor, music, movies and TV in sessions because they are examples of life experiences people can relate too. I have a wonderful wife and family who make me happy, and who help me strive to be the best person I can be.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


Psychologist #071007009 (Expires: 2020-09-01)


Written by R.O. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Steven for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

I have been to many counselors. They sit and listen. Or tell me advice that is so ludicrous, why do they think I'm going to them. Dr. Hurley is great. He gets it. He is smart, accepting, intelligent, friendly and I trust him. Finally, finally. I see light at the end of the tunnel!

Written by J.E. on Mar 10, 2020 after counseling with Steven for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and adhd

He is great!

Written by E.V. on Feb 21, 2020 after counseling with Steven for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Awesome! Great guy who is very knowledgeable.

Written by B.Y. on Nov 14, 2019 after counseling with Steven for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Hurley was great at listening to how I felt and offering practical solutions as well as mindset changes that I should take into consideration.

Written by A.S on Mar 28, 2016 after counseling with Steven for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and depression

Very attentive. Great response time. Responses very helpful!

Written by R.O on Mar 09, 2016 after counseling with Steven for 6 days on issues concerning lgbt, relationship, family, and self esteem

Dr. Hurley provides great insight and his advice was straightforward and to the point.