Lawrence A. Viers, PhD, CGP

Dr. Viers earned his bachelors degree from Vanderbilt in 1970. He majored in Philosophy and History. He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for three years, including an internship year, before transferring to the California School of Professional Psychology at Fresno, now part of Alliant University. There he earned his M.A. in 1975 and his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 1977.

He joined the staff of Porter-Starke Services in 1977. In 1980 he was promoted to clinical director of the inpatient unit. He later added managerial experience running intake and emergency services, satellite services and adult outpatient services. During this time he founded and ran a program for evaluating custody and visitation disputes.

He took and passed his private practice licensing examination in 1982 and opened his offices in Munster that year. In 1984 he was promoted to Co-Chief of Operations for Porter-Starke. In 1986 he left Porter-Starke to begin full time private practice. Since that time he and his partner, Thomas Nimtz, MSW purchased and operated offices for mental health professionals in Valparaiso and Munster.

Dr. Viers is a clinical member and Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. He has served as board member, treasurer and president of the Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS), the local affiliate of AGPA. He held the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University for six years, during which time he taught group counseling in the graduate department. Dr. Viers has also been a trainer and presenter in group psychotherapy at the regional and national level for IGPS and AGPA.