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John Vitkus, PhD


John Vitkus, PhD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Location: Solon Family Health Center
Mail Code CF10
29800 Bainbridge Road
Solon, OH 44139
John Vitkus, PhD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Location: Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
Mail Code CF10
551 E Washington Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

John Vitkus, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who sees adults in a general practice at the Cleveland Clinic Solon and Chagrin Falls Family Health Centers. He received his doctorate from Stanford University and taught at Barnard College before returning for further postdoctoral clinical training at Case Western Reserve University. In his general practice he treats mood disorders (depression, dysthymia, bipolar), anxiety disorders (panic, phobias) and relationship issues. He has a special interest in treating interpersonal processes and problems, personality disorders, spirituality and women's issues. He is a certified EMDR Provider, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and Rational Hypnotherapist.

Education & Fellowships

Internship - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Consortium Psychology Internsh
Toledo, OH USA
Other - Case Western Reserve University
Respecialization Clinical Psyc
Cleveland, OH USA
Doctorate - Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA USA
Undergraduate - Northwestern University
Evanston, IL USA

Specialty Interests

anxiety and mood disorders, co-dependency, coping with grief and loss, couples and group therapy, Depression, depression and anxiety, palliative medicine/psychoncology, Women's Issues

Additional Training

  • EMDR --  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Rational Hypnotherapy
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Dialectic Behavior Therapy
  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist (Smoking Cessation)


  • American Psychological Association
  • Ohio Psychological Association
  • Cleveland Psychological Association

Treatment & Services

  • Coping with Grief
  • Coping with Loss
  • Counseling
  • Couples Therapy
  • General Psychotherapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Marital & Family Psychotherapy
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Treatment
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Spiritual And Religious Issues
  • Women's Health

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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