Patricia McMahon, Psy.D.
1480 Renaissance Drive
Pak Ridge, IL 60068
Counseling can help you move your life in a more rewarding direction. It can help you learn to better manage stress, promote your growth in relationships, develop career goals, identify and decide upon the best approach to problems, and express emotions in an adaptive, communicative manner.
My training and services are informed by psychodynamic/analytic and cognitive concepts. I have found that this is the most effective and helpful approach to tailoring psychotherapy to each of my clients' unique background, relationships, life struggles and treatment goals. I have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, and typically pursue 40+ hours of continuing education each year.
Initially, we will discuss the issues that brought you to counseling, as well as your earlier life so that we can work together within your life experience. The goal of this process is to establish a shared understanding of what works well in your life, situations or decisions that must be accepted, managed, or changed, and what you hold most precious. This understanding will help you focus your treatment. The psychotherapy process is dynamic, however, and your goals may change as your counseling deepens. You will be in charge of your life process, and you will make decisions regarding direction, pace, start and completion of counseling.
Given my training as a generalist and work in university counseling centers, a forensic agency, and hospital I have wide experience working with a many cultures, identities, employment and career backgrounds, socio-economic status, emotional and psychological issues. You and I will create the psychotherapy process together, constantly discussing progress - what works and what is not helpful.
|Practice Specialties or Interests:
in bold text)
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Multicultural backgrounds, acculturation/repatriation;
Military veterans and police - family members
Personal Growth - Career Change, Relationships
Managing loss - relationship, job, physical abilities
Cognitive interventions integrated within a psychodynamic approach focus
|Additional Demographic Expertise:
Experience with many religious beliefs, cultures, & ethnicities
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now Argosy), 1992
|American Psychology Association|
|Illinois Psychology Association|
|Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology|
Any Indemnity Plan
Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
I will discuss and support client use of their insurance by providing
completed claim forms at month end if I am not an innetwork provider.
|Insurance and Billing Instructions:
||Before we meet, we can discuss my fees and how you will pay for treatment. This typically includes discussing your insurance coverage and goals for treatment.
I provide montly statements that clients can use to submit to insurers, HSA accounts, or for income tax documentation. I do all billing myself to maximize client privacy
Located south of Dempster on the west side of Northwest Highway.
Take Rt 90 to Rt 294-north, exit Demspter-west to Northwest Highway - turn south on Northwest Highway.
take Oakton and turn north on Northwest Highway
take Dempster and turn south on Northwest Highway
take Golf Rd and turn south on Rand Road (which turns into NW Highway)
Turn left/south into the frontage road at the light (in front of Finn McCool's Bar - approximately 1 block from the highway exit stoplight on Algonquin Rd).
Follow the road a short distance until you can turn into the parking lot behind Moretti's Restaurant.
Drive through Morett's parking lot (traveling west) and park close to the 5-story office buildings directly in front of you at the stop sign.
Enter building 1821 and come up to the 4th floor.
||I suggest that you and I talk by telephone for a few minutes before you schedule a first appointment. This allows you to ask questions about my practice or approach, and allows me to confirm that my training and skills may be helpful to you.
Please review my website at www.chicagopsychologist.com
You can request general information through email at email@example.com -- but telephoning me at 847.570.0817 results in the quickest response and assures you the most privacy in discussing urgent or sensitive situations.
Please contact your nearest hospital Emergency Room if you feel unable to wait 24 hours for my return call or feel you are unsafe to be alone.