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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.


Marge Witty, Ph.D. I continue to love my work as a teacher of graduate students in clinical psychology. I have been teaching in a variety of settings since 1969. My good fortune to have linked up with the Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Research Center, when I moved to Chicago in 1969, led me to the practice of client-centered psychotherapy which I have pursued since graduating with my Master's degree in 1974. Coming out as a lesbian and member of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union in 1971 opened up a host of new perspectives, challenges, and life changes. I came from a small town in Massachusetts which was almost completely white and conservative. Suddenly I was on my own in Chicago with an intrepid group of women activists, gay activists and antiwar protesters! A high point was playing electric bass with a women's rock band called "Motheright." Eventually, I made the choice to pursue my academic path and the work of becoming a therapist. These were the best choices I could have made, and I have the joy of knowing that I am now and continue to become the person I wanted to be in high school: a person who can love and serve others. The work of the therapist is a path with a heart, and the personal rewards of being present with another person as he or she wrestles with difficulties, illness, and suffering and witnessing the growth of an empowered self is immeasurable. Similarly, seeing my students' growth as critical thinkers, researchers, and clinicians contributes to my well-being and hopefulness for the future.


  • 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-centred 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 Behavhioral 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.