About Us

Jay Karant, MSSA, LCSW

DSC_0267Jay Karant, clinical director of Whole Hearted Psychotherapy, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing  for over 40 years working with families, couples and individuals. He earned his Masters of Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Jay is certified in Gestalt Therapy principles he selectively applies in his therapeutic approach.

For three decades Jay served as a social worker working with adolescents at Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. Jay strongly believes that therapy with adolescents requires work with the whole family and applies his extensive training in family therapy to this end. Jay’s advanced training in family therapy came at the Institute of Juvenile Research working under Charles Kramer, MD, Murray Bowen, MD and Carl Whitaker, MD. Whitaker.

Jay devotes some of his time to the Family Service Center where he has been a well-loved therapist for over thirty years. Jay’s orientation centers on humanistic forms of psychotherapy that emphasizes the relationship between therapist and client as the fundamental basis for change.

Jay has deep appreciation for the application of music as a core therapeutic tool. He often uses music and songs relevant in the lives of his clients.



Jacques Gourguechon, MA, LPC, NCC

Jac Photo Ad & WebsiteJacques Gourguechon is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Illinois. He has a dual Masters Degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the Foundation Committee and co-chair of the Psychotherapist Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association and the Illinois Counseling Association.

Jacques is interested in helping couples struggling with issues of trust be it affairs, alcoholism, behavioral addictions or estrangement. Jacques has studied under Dr. John Gottman, the foremost leader and researcher in marriage, couples and relationships. He is a member of the Gottman Couple Therapy Network and Couplestrong, both consortiums of therapists devoted to work with people in relationships.

Jacques has also worked extensively with adolescents and young adults experiencing difficulty launching into the next phase of their lives and with men, especially those over the age of fifty. He volunteers his counseling services providing individual and group therapy for troubled teens at Morton Alternative High School in Cicero, Illinois.

Jacques has worked with men in group and experiential settings for twenty-nine years through Victories for Men,NFP, It has become a lifelong mission helping men tap their emotional capacity ratcheting up their love, support and empathy for their partners and children, develop intimate friendships with likeminded men and practice self-compassion.

He’s especially interested in the challenges faced by men over fifty. Fifty seems to be a point in a man’s life where values and long held assumptions come into question. Regrets can seem overwhelming and all of a sudden very big questions appear such as “What do I want to do with the balance of my life?”

Jacques brings to his counseling practice thirty-five years running a successful professional business. He formed the business, steered its growth into a national firm and mentored dozens of young professionals, many just getting started in their careers. Nothing can beat a lifetime of experience to  help understand the struggles of others, to sit with them through feelings of regret and inadequacy, regret for what they have or have not done  and to give them hope that making shifts in their lives offers greater happiness.