Erin M Liebich, Psy.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Erin M Liebich is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides therapeutic and assessment services to individuals of all ages. In 2017, Dr. Liebich was elected to the APA Committee for Disability Issues in Psychology. In 2018, she was named Chair for the committee. Dr. Liebich specializes in physical and developmental disabilities, humanistic/intergrative therapy, and collaborative psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Her treatment approach focuses on mutual respect, cooperation, and empowerment with the belief that each person has an innate growth potential when provided acceptance, understanding, and the right skills. Dr. Liebich regularly collaborates with schools, residential facilities, attorneys, social workers, individuals, and families to assess for a variety of concerns. Her areas of assessment expertise include intellectual and learning disabilities, developmental delays, dementia and other neurocognitive deficits, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Liebich also enjoys offering a wide range of therapeutic services, including individual, group, family, and couples’ therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including an inner city school, community health centers, and an organization for refugees. She was an invited continuing education presenter at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 American Psychological Association National Convention. Dr. Liebich can also personally relate to overcoming challenges in life as she was born with a physical disability, Cerebral Palsy. She considers her disability as a welcomed aspect of diversity as it helps her to understand the difficulties that her clients face.
Dr. Liebich offers the following services:
*Neuropsychological Assessment * Psychological Assessment * Individual Therapy
* Family & Couples Therapy * Child Centered Play Therapy
Dr. Danielle Tipping, Psy.D, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Danielle Tipping is a postdoctoral fellow practicing at Center for Personal Growth under the supervision of Dr. Erin Liebich, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Tipping is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Person-Centered Theory & Therapy. Dr. Tipping has practiced in a variety of environments including private practice, outpatient hospital clinic, LGBT community health clinic and general community mental health centers. She has strong training and work history in treating members of the LGBTQQIA community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual). Dr. Tipping specializes in helping adolescents and adults who identify as gender minorities, agender and sexual orientation minorities. She believes that people deserve to feel supported and confident in their gender and sexual identity and expression. Dr. Tipping also helps families of individuals who identify as gender or sexual orientation minority in learning how to best support each other. Dr. Tipping is accepting and informed about various relationship styles and sexual practices including non-monogamy, polyamory, etc. She helps those who are experiencing mood disturbance, anxiety issues, behavioral issues, recovering from traumatic experiences, those who self-harm and those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. She assists individuals and families who need help adjusting to changing life circumstances such as new jobs, divorce or loss. Dr. Tipping performs evaluations for those seeking medical or surgical procedures related to gender transition and adheres to the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) standards for evaluation and treatment. She also performs psychological evaluations to help diagnose intellectual issues, learning disorders and clarify psychological diagnoses. Dr. Tipping works in consultation with medical, school and work professionals as needed to help support patients to her best ability. She takes pride in her queer identity and values serving her community through her professional and personal endeavors.
Dr. Tipping offers the following services:
*Individual therapy *Family therapy *Couples therapy *Psychological assessments
*Intellectual/Learning Disorder assessments *Gender Reassignment Procedures assessment
Christy McElroy, Psy.D, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Dr. McElroy is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Schaumburg. She works with children, adolescents and adults.
My approach to therapy is integrative and geared toward each individual’s specific needs. I have worked in several outpatient and inpatient settings in primary care facilities providing services for children, teens, young adults and families, as well as adults. My aim is to help people of all ages feel more in control, resourceful and self- assured.
My specialties are eating disorders, self-harm, morbid obesity, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and chronic illness/pain.
A major focus of Dr. McElroy’s work is her involvement with adult and pediatric weight management programs. She regularly collaborates with hospitals, dieticians, physicians as well as consults with other eating disorder experts. She has extensive experience working with eating disorders, anxiety, bulimia and binge eating.
Dr. McElroy is trained in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Hypnosis has been used for centuries, and when used properly, can create a highly relaxed state of inner concentration. This can be a useful adjunct to therapy in a variety of areas such as compulsive behaviors, chronic pain, and anxiety. Dr. McElroy incorporates hypnosis and mindfulness to assist clients in managing and reducing their level of distress.
Dr. McElroy offers the following services:
*Individual therapy *Family therapy *Play therapy
Jennifer Caruso, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor
Jennifer is a licensed professional counselor with Center for Personal Growth. She is 4th year doctoral candidate with the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Schaumburg concentrating in child and family psychology. Jennifer has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and has been with the Center for Personal Growth for 2 years as a diagnostic and therapy extern. Prior to pursuing her master’s and doctorate, Jennifer earned her B.A. in psychology through Argosy University. While attending Argosy, Jennifer volunteered at a local battered women and children’s center in a program to catch-up reading skills of resident children. Jennifer continues to volunteer, supporting community youth sports.
Jennifer has 18 years of experience in medical diagnostic imaging providing care and support for all types of patients. Her medical experience, in combination with her training and education in psychology, inform her approach and ability to identify, understand, and address the needs of her clients. Motivated by an interest in blended families, Jennifer is conducting her clinical research project on stepmother/stepchild relationships. Jennifer’s Native Alaskan (Aleut) heritage motivates her interest in, and awareness of, cultural and diversity influences on mental health. Future areas of study include sport psychology.
Areas of therapy interest and care include family, step-family, adolescent, adult, child/play, sand-tray, and couple’s. Jennifer also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment.
Jennifer offers the following services:
*Individual Therapy *Family Therapy *Couples Therapy *Child-centered Play Therapy
*Psychological Assessment *Neuropsychological Assessment
Jeanette Mazeikis, Licensed Professional Counselor
Jeanette is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a fourth year clinical psychology doctoral student completing her Psy.D at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Schaumburg. She earned her MA degree in clinical psychology in 2015 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and her BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. Her previous clinical work includes diagnostic and therapy training in various outpatient mental health offices as well as social services at a skilled nursing facility prior to entering graduate school. Aside from therapy services, she works administering cognitive assessments to applicants as part of the state screening process for disability benefits. Jeanette currently provides outpatient therapy services to individuals with common psychological issues including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, intrusive thoughts, anger problems, codependency, and interpersonal problems. She also provides comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment to children and adults of all ages.
"I believe that everyone is doing the best they can and that we each have the resources to improve our lives. When I work with clients, I strive to meet them where they are at and develop an empathic understanding of their unique needs. Establishing therapeutic trust using warmth and a non-judgmental stance helps people to become more open about their struggles. I often use dialectical-behavioral as well as acceptance and commitment therapy informed techniques to teach individuals coping skills that are effective in reducing suffering and improving quality of life. I also provide clinical hypnosis to help people with significant anxiety, intrusive thoughts, explosive anger, and chronic pain learn to manage their symptoms effectively."
Jeanette offers the following services:
* Individual Therapy *Child-centered Play Therapy
*Psychological Assessment *Neuropsychological Assessment
Brittany Burkes, Clinical Psychology Extern
Brittany Burkes, M.A. is a disabled veteran and a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Schaumburg. After serving three years as a Construction Electrician in the U.S Navy Seabees, she was medically discharged due to a service-connected injury. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Brittany became a Juvenile Detention Officer (JDO). During her time as a JDO, Brittany performed group and individual counseling sessions. Additionally, she provided informal counseling for teenagers who had suicidal ideation and worked with them to developed safety plans.
Brittany has completed psychological assessments to aid in differential diagnosis and treatment planning. She conducted psychological evaluations that were used to assess for the attention-related disorder, depression, anxiety, learning disability, conduct disorder, personality disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. Brittany has provided psychological services for children, adolescents, college-aged students, and adults at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida and Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A. Lastly, Brittany’s interests involve trauma and the psychopathology of military service members and their family.
Brittany offers the following services:
*Psychological Assessment *Neuropsychological Assessment
Krysta Halas, Counseling Extern
Krysta is a third year Masters student completing her MS in clinical mental health counseling at National Louis University, Lisle. Krysta has a BA in Psychology that she received from The University of Iowa in 2014. Krysta has previously worked as a residential counselor at Northern Illinois Academy, a psychiatric residential treatment facility, in Aurora. Here she provided psycho-educational group services for individuals ranging from ages 6-21 who have co-occurring mental illnesses to those experiencing behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric challenges. These include but were not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. Krysta also works as a behavioral health associate at Linden Oaks Hospital, Naperville. Here she worked with clients ranging from adolescents to geriatrics primarily comprised of, but not limited to those experiencing eating disorders, binge eating, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. Krysta collaborates with her clients to provide a safe and therapeutic space to harness their potential and strengths and facilitate growth through healing by incorporating elements of cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies. Krysta looks for new ways to ignite her love for self care. She enjoys spending time outdoors, journaling, and making works of art. Working on her self care routine is an important part of Krysta's life, as she believes we all need to take time to love and cherish ourselves.
Krysta offers the following services:
* Individual Therapy * Couples Therapy * Family Therapy *Child-Centered Play Therapy
Theron Mattick, Clinical Psychology Extern
Theron is a third year doctoral student completing his Psy.D. at the Illinois School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. Theron previously worked as a diagnostic extern at Mental Health Solutions in Mundelein providing a diverse range of clients with psychological and neuropsychological assessment for a wide variety of issues. These included but were not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, ADHD, dementia, and personality disorders. He earned his B.A. with a major in psychology and a minor in fine art from Ursuline College in 1993. Prior to his doctoral training, Theron worked with children, adolescents, and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities providing therapeutic group activities using ceramics as a medium at youth day treatment sites, schools, mental health centers, hospitals, camps and various other locations. In his prior work he also designed and taught the Visual Arts Practicum through Heron School of Art, training student teachers on the use of adaptive techniques in the education of students in an inclusive environment. He enjoys utilizing his passion and creativity in his work with clients. Creativity is still a large part of Theron’s daily life as well, making art and music in his home studio.
Theron offers the following services:
* Individual Therapy * Couples Therapy * Family Therapy *Group Therapy
*Child-Centered Play Therapy
Kiera Dewees, Office Manager
Kiera has an Associates degree in Culinary Hospitality. Although working in the culinary field may not be for her, she loves cooking and entertaining for friends and family, with whom she spends most of her time. Kiera is a constant student who loves learning new things and likes to stay open minded. Kiera is responsible for scheduling, billing, and general office management at Center for Personal Growth. If you would like to schedule or change an appointment, or you have a question about billing, please contact Kiera at (630) 791-0118 or [email protected] "Be the change you wish to see in the world" (Mahatma Gandhi).
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