Clinicians

Psychiatry

Alfreda Grosrenaud, M.D.

Alfreda Grosrenaud, M.D.

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. In addition to my clinical practice, I also enjoy teaching and have had the pleasure of educating a variety of medical students, as well as, psychiatric and pediatric residents in the assessment and treatment of children with emotional and behavioral disorders.

My years of clinical experience in large medical groups, left me searching for a new model of more personalized care for children, adolescents, and families struggling with emotional and behavioral problems. In 2007, I embarked on the journey of assembling a team of skilled professionals including psychologists, neuropsychologists, developmental specialists, and psychiatrists to provide comprehensive, scientifically based assessments and treatments in a supportive and nurturing environment. The result of this journey is AFG Guidance Center. Over the past several years, AFG Guidance Center has rapidly grown into a unique and thriving program that allows our team the opportunity to collaborate and create personalized treatment to each of our patients. I am proud to be a part of this talented group of clinicians and look forward to continuously learn from them, as well as, from my patients.

Birju Patel, M.D.

Dr. Birju Patel

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.

I am drawn to the field of medicine and psychiatry by the prospect and desire to work with children, teens, and their families. I specifically welcome the challenge to work with young adults to implement lasting change and ensure they feel heard, understood, and accepted. I strive to draw out insights from clients, work together toward a shared understanding and discovery, and tailor treatment approaches in a strength-based model.

In the field of psychiatry medications cannot take the place of support. In child and adolescent psychiatry, we tend to “start low and go slow” with medications. By doing so, children are on the least amount of medication necessary. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a group of diversely and highly trained clinicians, who can evaluate and support the educational and therapeutic needs of our clients. Their perspectives and expertise are invaluable in shedding light on the client’s needs, helping me to learn and grow in this field.

Soo Lee, M.D.

I am a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist experienced in the assessment and treatment of social, emotional, and behavioral disturbances. I completed my general psychiatry residency at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Before joining AFC Guidance Center, I was an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, the medical director of the Autism Clinic, principal investigator for industry-sponsored clinical drug trials and co-investigator for other various grants. I have also worked in a multidisciplinary treatment team at the Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center at Rush.  In addition to clinical work, I enjoy teaching, mentoring, and advocacy work. I am the Young Physicians Section (YPS) delegate for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACA) to the American Medical Association (AMA).    
When medicine is described as an art, I find it much applicable in the practice of psychiatry. Every person has their own story and no story is ever the same.  As such, needs are diverse and treatment should be individually tailored. Furthermore, I do not always find medication pertinent to a treatment plan. At AFG Guidance Center, we have a multidisciplinary team with experts in various fields to provide individualized care.  I am very grateful to be a part of such an impressive group of professionals from whom I can continuously learn and grow as a psychiatrist.


Psychologists

Kimberly A. Mula, Psy.D.

Kimberly A. Mula, Psy.D.

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 received a Master’s degree in psychology from Concordia University in 1995. I was awarded a Doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University in 2001. I completed my clinical training at a domestic violence shelter, at a therapeutic and residential program, an outpatient community health program and completed by internship Advocate Family Care Network an affiliate of Christ Hospital. I worked as a psychotherapist within the foster care program and as a psychologist at Mount Sinai Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Program. Currently, I am working with an amazing multidisciplinary team at Afg Guidance Center where I continue to be focused on the assessment and treatment children and adolescents. I have extensive experience working with complex problems specializing in the treatment of depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, parent/child relationships, school refusal, attachment issues and trauma.

With respect to neuropsychological assessments, testing protocols are individualized for each client focusing on choosing relevant measures to answer the referral questions. As the psychological assessment program at Afg Guidance Center grows, we are specializing in the evaluation of executive functioning delays including ADHD, memory problems and visual or auditory progressing problems. Additionally, we identify giftedness, academic challenges and social/emotional struggles.

Finally, I am the director of training for doctoral level psychology externs and postdoctoral fellows.

Yehuda Smolarcik, Psy.D.

Yehuda Smolarcik, Psy.D.

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.

My approach to treatment is most heavily guided by two principles. The first is that each and every person is a unique and inimitable being, with very distinct strengths, weaknesses, experiences, and personalities. My past work experience has instilled in me a deep sense of appreciation for the psychological, biological and social complexity of human experience, and I strive to translate this appreciation into my clinical work by tailoring each assessment, recommendation, and intervention to the specific needs of the individual, and by doing all that I can to ensure that every person that I work with feels supported, respected and appreciated.

I also believe very strongly that each and every person wants to live the best life possible and to be the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. All parents want their children to succeed, all teachers want their students to succeed, and all children want to be successful. At the same time, parents may be uncertain about what strategies to use to best support the child, teachers may not have the information or resources to help him or her most effectively, and the child may believe that success is unachievable. As a psychologist, I view my primary purpose as being to help children, parents, and educators accomplish their goals by recognizing and overcoming barriers to the attainment of success, and by increasing their awareness of strengths and resources that can be utilized to the fullest possible extent.

 

Seth Preminger, Psy.D.

seth preminger psychologist

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.

I received my Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree from Adler University (former the Adler School of Professional Psychology). I completed my clinical training at a college, a psychiatric hospital, and here at AFG. My internship was at Palos Behavioral Health Professionals, a private practice in the south suburbs of Chicago that provides therapy and neuropsychological testing for children, adolescents and adults. Over the course of my training, my primary interests have been working with children and adolescents and their families. I have gained a unique understanding of the problems affecting these populations and how to best help. My training is mainly in “third-wave” models of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through this, I understand that children are products of their environment and cannot always change their circumstances. However, they are able to alter their perceptions and gain insights into how best to succeed and functioning in these forever changing environments. Children and adolescents are very resilient and intelligent, they just need guidance and someone to listen and understand them. This is where I come in. I provide my clients with a place to be themselves and not only work through their difficulties, but also gain better insights, in a safe and friendly environment. Working here at AFG, I also understand the importance of advocating for children and adolescents. I do this by working with school systems and developing educational plans that meet clients’ emotional, behavioral and cognitive needs.

Here at AFG, I am honored to work with such an extraordinary multidisciplinary team. I have extensive experience working with complex issues, focusing on treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, parent/child relationships, school refusal, life-transition problems, and general adolescent difficulty. I have a particular interest in working with teens and young adults helping them transition through these challenging periods of their life. I am also one of the individuals who complete psychological assessments. When it comes to neuropsychological assessments, individuals testing protocols are of the utmost important. Each child is different and must be treated as such, with testing measures focusing on whatever is most relevant to the referral question and what the client is struggling with at the time. Lastly, I assist in the supervision and training of the doctoral level psychology graduate students.

Caroline Novotny, Psy.D.

Caroline Novotny psychologist

As a clinical psychologist, I have provided individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and their families to target issues such as trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. I have developed a passion for working with these populations as I understand the challenges they face as well as the importance of skill development. My experiences have allowed me the privilege of working in several psychological settings including: therapeutic day schools, psychiatric hospitals, multidisciplinary clinics, and outpatient behavioral health settings. I also have a strong passion for assessment because understanding the current functioning of a client is essential in determining the needs of treatment.

I was awarded my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL. I completed my doctoral internship at Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic in Glendale, AZ, where I was able to work closely with other medical professionals including psychiatrists and physicians in order to provide comprehensive care to our clients. I then completed my post-doctoral training at two therapeutic day schools in the Chicagoland area working with children and adolescents who struggled with navigating relationships and managing their emotions in a school setting. I have extensive experience in writing Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and collaborating with school personnel.

As a clinician, I understand how intimidating seeking therapeutic services may be for individuals and families. I also recognize that seeking help is an often difficult first step. I consider it an honor to work with each individual to provide a safe and judgement free environment which enables growth, healing, insight, and hope for the future. By utilizing a strength-based approach as well as implementing evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I employ integrative treatment methodologies which are structured to meet the needs and values of each individual and family. I believe in working to establish a strong foundation of skills to help clients identify and reach their goals as they grow. I first focus on building a strong working alliance with the child/adolescent and their family, which allows me to build trust with clients in order to address their difficulties and strengths. I believe in advocating for my clients and utilizing my familiarity with the specific challenges children/adolescents face to help clients feel supported when seeking services in their community. I am happy to have joined the team at AFG Guidance Center to continue to work within a multidisciplinary team that strives to provide the best care for all clients.


Lauren Eakin, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lauren Eaken, Psy.D. 

As a Clinical Psychologist, I have dedicated my career to assisting, supporting, and guiding children, adolescents and their families advocating for their psychological, emotional and educational well-being. It was my desire to support children and families as they navigate the struggles and complications of life that led me to my doctoral training. I sought to further my knowledge and skills in the field of psychology in an effort to support children and their families in the best way possible.

I completed my Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago. I have had extensive experience with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of contexts, including having spent a year here, at AFG. I spent a majority of my training experiences providing assessment and therapy services in outpatient and school-based settings. Assessments included both psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessment focused on helping individuals understand their educational, social and emotional abilities while navigating obtaining supports within a given school system. Additionally, I was providing therapy in both within outpatient and academic settings. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Adler Community Health Services working within a pre-K through 8th grade elementary school, as well as offering community embedded services to individuals in residential and hospital settings.

As a psychologist, I not only focused on addressing the challenges we all face, but also celebrating and strengthening what is “right” and “successful” about each and every one of us. I also know that when a child or teen is struggling, their whole family is impacted. This is why is strive to not only work with individually with a child or adolescent, but work with the entire family. I find that by doing so, families regain balance in their lives and homes resulting in them being able to enjoy family life and time together. I enjoy working with children and families as they navigate depression, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, trauma, and transitions. I believe that an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust enables individuals to share their experiences and feelings without fear of judgment thereby facilitating change. I incorporate relational and humanistic treatment approaches into my practice empowering clients to reach their individual goals.


Morgan Lasley, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

 

Morgan Lasley, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow 

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.

Although I enjoy all aspects of working within the private practice, my passion lies with both group therapy and psychological assessment. The normalizing and supporting atmosphere that group therapy offers can be unlike any therapeutic intervention that a child experiences. At AFG, I have enjoyed the process of developing and implementing group therapy in the areas of Executive Functioning and Social Skills. In times when more information is needed, I turn to psychological assessment to gain a better understanding of the client’s overall functioning – particularly in situations in which he or she is unable to identify what they are experiencing. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to serve as a liaison between AFG and local school districts to identify and advocate for the educational needs of the child based on psychological testing and in-class observations. In doing so, our practice is able to commit to following the case through to completion, whether that means aiding in recommendations for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504, or referrals to additional services.

My treatment approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), though I often implement different approaches (i.e. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT) which allows for further exploration of the tie between thoughts and feelings. Additionally, I work from a strength-based perspective to help the client identify ways in which he or she is succeeding rather than focusing solely on the “problems.” I believe that therapy does not end with the child, and therefore make it a point to include family members in the process, while in turn striving to increase the communication among family members outside of the practice. In doing so, we are able to best support the client in as many ways and environments as possible.


Therapy

Danette Palomar, MA, LCPC, CDS

Danette Palomar, MA, LCPC, CDS

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. I approach each family as a unique entity and utilize a variety of treatment modalities to meet their needs. I have extensive experience with issues related to developmental disorders, ADHD, depression, mood/anxiety disorders, bereavement, and trauma. My proficiency in school advocacy allows me to support parents and their children when collaborating with school personnel in the development of individualized education plans and classroom interventions. Throughout the years, I have provided both trainings and consultation to a variety professionals focusing on issues such as early childhood development, childhood anxiety, effective school advocacy, trauma and forensic interviewing.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Immediately following graduation, I completed a 4 month internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital as a Child Life Specialist on the Oncology Unit. Following my internship, I developed and implemented apart-time Child Life Program at Lutheran General Hospital where the focus was on supporting families of children with acute and chronic medical illness. Soon after, I joined Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program as a forensic interviewer/trauma specialist and psychotherapist. In 1999, I received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Child Development with a specialization in Early Intervention from DePaul University. For the past several years I have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful team at Afg Guidance Center where I continue my work as a psychotherapist and Child Development Specialist. Additionally, as the Master’s level training director for Afg, I find great reward and pleasure in sharing my years of knowledge and experience with our interns. I perceive learning as an ongoing process and the opportunity to work with these bright young minds, provides for me, as a clinician, the ability to continue to learn and grow.

Finally, I believe that creative expression is inherent to a child’s growth, development and healing processes, and incorporate my years of formal dance/movement training and experience in the expressive arts to promote healing and well-being.

Ben Spanner, M.A., LPC, NCC

Ben Spanner

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).

Throughout my work in higher education, clinical training, and psychotherapy, I have gained much appreciation for the value of supportive empathy in helping those who are experiencing difficulties. I strongly believe that each individual desires to be the best they can be, and I see my professional role as being to help that person or family obtain their goals with clear, empathic, and open understanding. I trust in a strength-based approach to psychotherapy, which incorporates elements of Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Family Systems theories, delivered through a client-centered framework that emphasizes empathy and unconditional positive regard. I believe that children and adolescents are adaptable and full of potential, yet are at times lacking in their abilities to realize and achieve their fullest level of functioning. Additionally, I believe that the family system, with all its idiosyncrasies, imprints lasting values and beliefs among its members. I strive to provide a climate that is trusting, free of judgment, and oriented toward the achievement of goals, and also see my role as a therapist to reinforce the strengths of the family system, and to families navigate the ever-changing landscape of their emotional, behavior, and emotional needs.

I am happy to have joined the team at AFG Guidance Center, as the center has a strong multi-disciplinary dynamic, with specialties designed to help both the individual and the family unit. The work being done at AFG is as inspiring to me as it is intellectually curious, and I am honored to have become a part of this team.

Lindsey Fleming, MA

Lindsey Fleming, MA

As a psychotherapist, I have provided therapy to children and adolescents in individual, family, and group settings. I have extensive clinical training and experience working with individuals diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, high functioning autism, depression, and ODD. I have always had an aspiration to help children and their families understand and cope with the various challenges of life. This aspiration continues to grow through my work in both therapeutic and non-therapeutic environments. I have experience working in an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization unit, partial hospitalization program, and a variety of outpatient therapy settings. During my free time, I am a volunteer program manager and head coach of a community-based youth competitive cheerleading team. I believe therapy provides a child or adolescent a safe space to heal, learn, and grow as an individual as well as provide families with support and guidance.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Iowa. While there, I worked as a direct support professional in a government funded program teaching life skills to children and adolescents with special need. I was then awarded my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I had extensive training teaching children, adolescents, and adults social skills through my work as a paraprofessional at Sociability, a private practice located in the Northshore. Additionally, I have worked as a Milieu Therapist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in both their Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Partial Hospitalization Program. As a Milieu Therapist, I have gained experience in identifying and intervening in crisis care for children and adolescents. My training is focused on areas of behavior modification, improved social skills, and more effective coping skills. I completed my clinical internship at AFG Guidance Center, where I saw individuals and families for psychotherapy. Throughout my internship I fell in love with the supportive, multi-disciplinary team-based atmosphere at AFG. At the conclusion of my internship I joined the AFG Guidance Center team as a clinician.

Through my clinical experience, training, and volunteer work I have come to the believe that a positive and supportive environment provides the foundation for children and adolescents to progress. Each child and adolescent is different and therefore I create individualized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of all of my clients. I feel family involvement is essential for an individual to implement new skills learned in therapy across all environments. I approach the therapeutic process from a cognitive-behavioral therapy lens, while also integrating multiculturalism, play therapy and strength-based theory into my practice.

Somer Totheroh, M.A., LPC​

Somer Totheroh, M.A., LPC

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. My first goal in treatment is to build a strong therapeutic rapport by engaging my clients in their own personal interests, whether through arts and crafts, sports, or play/games. It is very important for me to establish a calm setting to promote a sense of peace in my clients’ lives. I practice therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral lens, and I also integrate mindfulness into my treatment. In order to understand children and adolescents’ needs, it is necessary to treat them within the context of the family unit. I find that family therapy is often necessary for many children and young adolescents.

At AFG Guidance Center, I have experienced continued training and support from a comprehensive team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. I primarily work from the Lincolnshire office but continue to feel as one team between both locations due to our shared vision for our clients.


Neuropsychology

Elena Labkovsky, Ph.D. BCIA-EEG

Elena Labkovsky, Ph.D. BCIA-EEG

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.

The specific areas include disorders and conditions associated with changes in the brain functioning as a result of developmental issues, genetics, trauma, infection, poisoning, etc., and they include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Autism and Asperger’s Disorders
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Tourette’s syndrome and other Tic Disorders, and others.

I also have an extensive clinical experience working with patients in minimally conscious state, vegetative state, “locked-in syndrome,” and coma after severe brain traumas. I received my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from St. Petersburg State University, Russia. I continued my education and specialized in Clinical Neuropsychology at Moscow University and later completed my post-doctoral training at Northwestern University, Institute of Neuroscience.

My clinical philosophy could be described in two statements. First, I believe that every patient can be helped. A combination of international training and long-term experience helps me to implement this belief. It is a matter of a correct and timely diagnosis, and tailored treatment to achieve success in helping a patient to overcome a psychological/neuropsychological deficit.

Second, I believe that it is important to be open to new ideas and approaches to treatment. With new achievements in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and the expansion of scientific methods, we get advanced and promising tools for dealing with all kinds of psychological problems.

My colleagues and I have developed a comprehensive and innovative approach called “Neurobehavioral Modulation” which allows through utilization of modern advanced neuro-scientific achievements and techniques bring a patient to a new level of neurophysiological functioning and reach peak performance in various areas.

Elena Davydova, Ph.D., Certified Neurofeedback Clinician

Elena Davydova, Ph.D, Certified Neurofeedback Clinician

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. Upon completion of my doctoral degree, I returned to my hometown and began teaching undergraduate courses on human development while coaching my first love – rhythmic gymnastics. During this time, I continued my research, expanding my knowledge and understanding of the organic nature of: attention, memory, learning, depression, anxiety and developmental delays.

As a certified neurofeedback clinician (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, BCIA), I am thrilled to be working with the clinicians and staff at AFG Guidance Center. I believe my work at AFG is further enhanced through my research at Northwestern University and subsequent publications in peer-reviewed journals. I believe that my time spent as an educator, researcher, and clinician has enabled me to provide the highest quality of individualized care to my clients, as well as support to their parents and extended treatment team.