Patricia McMahon, Psy.D.
1480 Renaissance Drive
Pak Ridge, IL 60068
Adjustment issues related to living abroad or moving to the U.S.
Veterans Issues: individual veterans or family members
Transition and loss issues: relationship (person, pet), job, home;
Counseling should be a life-changing experience that helps to 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.
During the first few meetings 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 direct how you initially set goals and 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
Acculturation to US culture
Repatriation to home country-US or international
Personal Growth - Career Change, Relationships
Managing loss - relationship, job, physical abilities
Cognitive interventions integrated with a psychodynamic approach focus
|Additional Demographic Expertise:
Multi- and Bi-cultural, International clients welcome
Hetero-, Homo-, and Bi-Sexual clients welcome
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1992
|American Psychology Association|
|Illinois Psychology Association|
|Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology|
All PPO and POS insurance policies with psychotherapy benefits
|Insurance and Billing Instructions:
||Before we meet, we can discuss my fees and how your insurer will cover my services.
I provide montly statements that client can use to submit to insurers, HSA accounts, 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 is the best contact to discuss urgent 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.