Yehuda Smolarcik, Psy.D.
Adolescent Clinical Psychologist in Kenilworth, IL
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 non-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.