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Chicago | Adjunct Faculty, Couple and Family Therapy

Zachary Palmer, M.A.,



Zachary (Zae) Palmer is an LMFT in Illinois and is working on dual licensure to develop a private practice in Western New York. He serves as adjunct faculty at Adler University. Zae believes that learning solidifies when the abstract meets the concrete and as a teacher
emphasizes experiential learning to aid students’ ability to metabolize class content. He uses multimedia approaches to teaching, including artwork, music, storytelling, and metaphoric play. Attuning to the students’ classroom dynamic is important to Zae, and he is dedicated to tapping into the group wisdom of the class.

As an Adler University graduate (CFT, 2019) joining the Couple and Family Therapy Department, Zae is excited to contribute to the career journey of developing systemic healers. Trained also in Depth Psychology, Zae will offer a therapeutic lens that holds both the breadth
and depth of therapy practices.

As a teacher, he looks forward to fostering students’ therapeutic craft and their social justice orientation. He will offer an opportunity to hold students as they enter into what he considers a sacred occupation. He is here to encourage students in their clinical identity as well as their self-of-the-therapist inner work.



  • Masters of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy, Adler University
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

  • Parent/Child Relations
  • Relational Ethics
  • Identity Formation and Queerness
  • Spirituality/Religious Practice, Trauma
  • Childhood Trauma and Family of Origin Process Work
  • Nature-based and Outdoor Recreational Interventions
  • Expressive Arts Interventions
  • Sandtray Therapy

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