Kimberly A. Mula, Psy.D.
Adolescent Clinical Psychologist in Northfield and Lincolnshire, Illinois
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 different 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 client’s 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 of children and adolescents. I have extensive experience working with complex problems specializing in the treatment of depression, bipolar 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.