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I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience working with children experiencing emotional, social, behavioral, and learning challenges. I completed my residency program in Psychiatry and my fellowship program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Following completion of my clinical training, I spent 12 years as the Medical Director of Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, where I continued for over 2 years as a consultant for the clinic. For the past 10 years, I have served as the Medical Director of the Inpatient Unit for adolescent girls at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.
I am a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist experienced with the treatment of emotional, interpersonal, and behavioral disturbances. These areas include: depression, anxiety, mood instability, and executive functioning dysregulation. I received my medical degree from Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School. I completed my general psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I have been working with many children, adolescents and their families over the course of the past 20 years. I have gained an understanding of the numerous challenges my clients face in life, but I have also grown personally and professionally as a result of these interactions. I recognize how complicated life can be and how overwhelming it can become when a child or adolescent is struggling. I understand the importance of early identification, assessment and intervention. I believe that change occurs with the assistance and support of family, friends and others. I utilize a collaborative approach striving to create a safe and supportive environment for my clients and their families where concerns can be explored, individual, strengths can be recognized and personal growth can occur. I incorporate differing modalities of treatment including the use of cognitive and behavioral interventions, art and play therapeutic interventions to achieve clients’ individual treatment goals. I advocate for my clients’ needs by working together with school systems aiding in the development of educational plans designed to meet a clients’ cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral needs.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and have been working with children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient and inpatient treatment settings for almost 10 years. I was awarded both my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, and have received focused training in multiple forms of psychological assessment, including neuropsychological, psycho-educational and personality assessments. I have also received extensive training in child and adolescent therapies, and both traditional and “third-wave” models of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the United Stand Counseling Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides school-based assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents, and have also trained and worked in multiple other treatment settings, including community mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and private practice.
As a Clinical Psychotherapist, I have a lot of experience working with children and adolescents and their families. Even before graduate school, I worked on a college campus and volunteered with this population, which is what led me to want to pursue my degree. During my training and clinical experience, I have come to understand how children and adolescents function and what they need to succeed at a high level because that is my goal: to provide them with the tools necessary to be the best versions of themselves they can be.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I have spent the majority of my training working with children/adolescent and young adult populations. I received both my masters and doctoral degrees from Adler University (formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology) and trained in forensic, neuropsychological, private practice, and therapeutic day school environments. The experiences I have gained across these training experiences has prepared me for culturally-informed and evidence-based treatments.
As a Clinical Psychotherapist, I have experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Before graduate school, I worked with children and adolescents in New York as a high school and elementary school teacher during the regular school year and then as an Aquatics director at a large sleep away camp. It was my ability to connect across these environments that led me to pursue my degree. During my training and clinical experience, I have come to understand how children and adolescents function as well as the systems in which they engage. It is my combined experience and training that has shaped my goal, which is to provide my clients with the tools and context within which they strive and succeed.
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Child Development Specialist, I have been providing individual, family and group psychotherapy for more than 20 years. I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents and their families helping them develop more productive coping strategies, better communication skills, and building a stronger sense of resilience. I believe that early intervention for mental health is key to preventing potential mental illness or reducing its impact, thus contributing to better mental and physical health, learning and socio-economic outcomes throughout life.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have received extensive training in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Prior to pursuing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University, I was employed as a Dean of Students at a Chicago college, where I worked with adolescents and young adults in an academic support capacity. This experience spurred my love for counseling and mentoring and prompted my decision to pursue a Masters Degree in counseling to enhance my own personal growth. I completed my clinical training in an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting, and most recently worked at a community mental health agency in the Pilsen community where I performed individual and family therapy with a diverse range of children, adolescents, and adults. I have a broad range of experience working with behavioral health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, parent/child relationship problems, and family discord, and I also have a particular interest in helping adolescents and young adults navigate the stress of transitional environments (school, college, relationships, and emerging adulthood).
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked closely with children, adolescents, families, and young adults in various settings. My clinical experiences have been in a university-based clinic, outpatient community mental health, and private practice. During my pursuit of my Master’s Degree at Ball State University I was able to receive training in various types of therapy, as well as hone my specific interests of treating the young population. I am specifically drawn to assisting older children and adolescents form healthy identities and relationships with others. In each different setting I have worked in, I have treated individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, peer relationships, and school/family problems. I believe in the power of empathy and a healthy therapeutic relationship in my client’s treatment.
As a therapist, I have provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and families. I have always had a passion to work with this population as I understand life’s daily challenges can be difficult to navigate. At my adolescence, I faced multiple changes including moving to the United States, navigating its unique academic system and culture while maintaining my own cultural identity. Experiencing these difficult transitions ignited a desire to pursue a career that will allow me to mentor young individuals through difficult chapters of their lives and help them find empowerment.
I am a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of Clinical/Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, investigating neuronal mechanisms of our brains and trying to understand how patterns of the brain functionality determine people’s behaviors.
For over 20 years, I divide my time between clinical practice, teaching, training, consulting, and scholarly writing and research. My clinical work is based on psychological, neuropsychological, and psychophysiological assessment and interventions.
I have always been fascinated by the incredible potential of the human mind and body. I have made it my mission to learn about and understand human physiology and psychological development.
At an early age in Russia, I challenged myself physically, cognitively, and emotionally as a elite gymnast on the national level. This early childhood experience of pushing myself physically and mentally was the start of my educational and research journey in the areas of psychophysiology and neuropsychology. After completing my undergraduate and master’s degree in Physiology, I entered a doctoral program for Physiology at Shevchenko State University (Ukraine), where my research focused on the physical and psychological learning process of adolescents.