Dr. Steven Nakisher has successfully founded, developed and sold several companies in the private and public sector.  His experiences as a licensed psychologist, entrepreneur, advisor, consultant and mentor have contributed greatly to his success in his current roles of clinician and leader.

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Nakisher has followed his true passion of helping people live more authentic and meaningful lives. His creative and highly interactive style helps him work well with people struggling with various issues including personal/relationship/work dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression, substance use concerns, disordered eating and feeling stuck in life. He also specializes in working with the LGBTQIA+ community. By offering a safe and collaborative place for people to explore and confront issues that impair their quality of life, real change can happen and the result is magical.

Dr. Nakisher is Founder of the Center for Personal Development, a thriving multidisciplinary behavioral health practice that sold to Refresh Mental Health in 2020, allowing for the continued expansion and access to mental-health services in the Chicagoland area. Areas of clinical expertise include working with individuals and couples who struggle with identity, relationships, substance abuse, addictions, co-occurring diagnoses, with a specific interest in supporting the LGBTQi+ Community.

As a helping professional with business expertise, Dr. Nakisher is also founder of Chicago-based Cornerpiece Consulting, a firm specializing in the ‘people side’ of business, helping companies increase revenue by improving the company’s human capital. Services provided by Cornerpiece include coaching, leadership/talent development, conflict resolution and training, all of which are grounded in best practices in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He also founded the Leadership Advisory Board,(LAB), an organization providing leadership development for Chief Executive Offers.   LAB’s work has been influential in many domestic and global companies across many verticals, including the food and beverage, entertainment, technology and retail industries.  Also, Dr. Nakisher has served on the board of directors at The Chicago School Education System since 2002.

In addition to his clinical and organizational work, Dr. Nakisher and his husband founded Talbott Teas, a gourmet tea company that was acquired by Jamba Juice in 2012.

 Dr. Nakisher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and completed his doctorate degree at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has served on the board of directors at The Chicago School Education System since 2002.


Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Member American Psychologist Association
Member American Group Psychotherapy Association 
Certified Group Psychotherapist
Board Member: Chicago School of Professional Psychology
University of Illinois Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business: PDEI Certified

Dr. Nakisher's Philosophy

Getting Out of Your Own Way

There is nothing worse than feeling stuck.  We experience this phenomenon at work and in our relationships.  We try to fix the discomfort by changing jobs, changing our relationships and it doesn’t work.  Ironically, despite making changes, we don’t feel changed.