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Marjorie Witty





  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University, 1990.
  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1974.
  • B.S. Psychology, Earlham College, 1968.


Marjorie Witty, Ph.D. is a Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. Witty’s exposure in college to client-centered psychology led her to a practicum training experience in Chicago. This year-long practicum in client-centered therapy stimulated a growing interest in pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at the Illinois Institute of Technology and ultimately a doctoral degree at Northwestern University. She has been teaching this approach since 1985 here at ISPP, Chicago while conducting a private practice. As one of the founding members of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union in 1969, Dr. Witty is committed to many aspects of human rights, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues and the structural bases of poverty. Publications include a chapter on Client-Centered Therapy in R. Corsini & D. Wedding’s Current Psychotherapies and a similar chapter in R. Parsons’ Counseling: A Reflective Practice and articles in the Person-Centered Journal and the international journal Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy.


  • Client-Centered Psychotherapy.
  • Psychological studies in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender persons.
  • Qualitative research in psychotherapy process and outcome.
  • Life-span development.

Selected Publications

  • Moon, K., Witty, M., Grant, B., & Rice, B. (Eds). (2011). Practicing Client-Centered Therapy: Selected Writings of Barbara Temaner Brodley. Ross-on-Wye, UK: PCCS Books.
  • Rogers, C.R., Raskin, N. J., & Witty, M. (2010) Chapter 5. Client-Centered Therapy. In Current Psychotherapies. R. Corsini & D. Wedding (Eds.). Brooks-Cole.
  • Witty, M. (In Press). Review of Can you be integrative and person-centered at the same time? Manuscript submitted to Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy Journal by Arthur Bohart, Ph.D.
  • Ehrbar, R., Witty, M., & Bockting, W. (2008). Gender Identity Disorder Diagnoses in Children. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Rogers, C. R., Raskin, N. & Witty, M. (2007). Client-Centered Therapy. In R. Corsini & D. Wedding (Eds.) Current Psychotherapies. Brooks-Cole.
  • Witty, M. (2006). Trust the client: Self-initiated homework in client-centered therapy. In N. Kazantzis & L. L'Abate (Eds.), Homework in psychotherapy. Kingston Upon Thames: Kluwer Publications.
  • Witty, M. (2006). Principled nondirectiveness: Social influence in client-centered therapy. In B. Levitt (Ed.), Embracing Nondirectivity. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.
  • Witty, M. (2004). The difference directiveness makes: The ethics and consequences of guidance in psychotherapy. The Person-Centered Journal. 11(1-2), 22-32.
  • Mier, S. and Witty, M. (2004). Considerations of Race and Culture in the Practice of Non-directive Client-centered Therapy. In R. Moodley, C. Lago, & A. Talahite (Eds.), Carl Rogers Counsels a Black Client (pp. 85-104). Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.
  • Gendlin, M.H. & Witty, M. (2003). Dialogue Between Mary Hendricks Gendlin and Marge Witty. Transcribed by P. Middelton and Edited by J. Moore. Person-centered Practice, 11(2), 61-69.


  • American Psychological Association.
  • World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling.
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
  • Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach.
  • Illinois Psychological Association.


  • Witty, M. August, 2011. "The social neuroscience of empathy." Presentation for the Argosy University training consortium.
  • Witty, M. & Grant, B. "Empathic understanding process in client-centered therapy," Presented at the 2011 Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach annual conference, Loyola University, Chicago. July 29, 2011.
  • Witty, M. & Moon, K. "Discussion of issues in practicing CCT." ADPCA, July 2011.
  • Witty, M. "Working with persons with addictions from a client-centered approach," ADPCA annual conference at Kutztown University, Kutztown PA. July 2009.
  • Witty, M. (February, 2010) Presentation on transgender clients and psychotherapeutic and health concerns. University of Chicago Student Counseling and Resource Center. October, 2009.

Selected Lectures

  • Witty, M. (September, 2009) Presentation on immigration rights for transgender persons. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Witty, M. "Transgender: Psychological and Health Issues." Associates for Behavioral Health, Gary Howell, Psy.D. Director, April 19, 2011.
  • Witty, M. & Webb, E., "Special issues in Transgender Health," ADPCA, July 2011.
  • Witty, M. (November, 2009) Presentation on Transgender Health, Core Center, Sroger Hospital.
  • Witty, M. (April 2005). Working with Intersex Clients. Paper presented at Horizons/Center on Halsted, Chicago, Illinois.