Ralph Whetstine is a psychotherapist, life coach, author and teacher.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and attended Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now Argosy University) for both his Master’s and Doctorate in clinical psychology.

Prior to receiving his degrees, Dr. Whetstine worked as a therapist at the Anixter Center in the New Focus Program, a post-acute brain injury rehabilitation program.

During graduate school, he received training in Cognitive, Behavioral, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).   DBT is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that is particularly effective for those with challenging therapeutic issues. 

Dr. Whetstine has held positions with the following organizations:

  • Family Counseling Center of Joliet
  • Center for Contextual Approaches to Distress
  • Alexian Brother’s Behavioral Health Hospital, Self Injury Recovery Services Program (SIRS) and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Concordia University, adjunct faculty (2007 – Present)
  • Independent Practice since 2006.

Life Coaching

Dr. Whetstine offers life coaching face-to-face, by telephone, or by email.  His areas of focus are personal empowerment and spiritual life coaching, self-esteem, and self-development as well as parenting, particularly for parents experiencing difficulty with their teenage children.