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Patricia McMahon, PsyD

Office: Patricia McMahon, Psy.D.
1580 N. Northwest Highway
Suite 311D
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 570-0817
Cell Phone: (847) 922.6672
Web Site:
Profession: Psychologist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Practice Description: Many people seek therapy to determine what can change vs what must be managed in life. This often involves improving stress management, exploring the strength of relationships, developing career direction, increasing effective coping and decision making skills, and expressing feelings.

My training and services are informed by psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive theories. I have found that this is the most effective approach to help clients reach very individualized goals. I have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, and typically pursue a variety of continuing education activities annually to keep my skills, knowledge base and approaches fresh.

Initially, we will discuss the issues that bring you to counseling. Through this process we will identify what works well in your life - what you hold most precious or wish to achieve - as well as circumstances in which you would like more control. The psychotherapy process is dynamic, however, and your goals may change as your counseling proceeds. I will act as a guide or "navigator" -- point out options or decisions that you have - but you will make the decisions about your life. Together we will make decisions about the direction, frequency and pace 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 many cultures, identities, employment and career backgrounds, socio-economic status, emotional and psychological issues. You and I will create your psychotherapy process together, periodically reviewing what works and what is not helpful.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Relationship Issues
Life Transitions
Adjustment Disorder
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Gay/Lesbian Issues
Personal Growth
Personality Disorders
Sexual Abuse
Stress Management
Women's Issues
Acculturation issues; Shame; Life transitions;
Military veterans and police: individual or family members
Polyamory; Sexual Identity and Relationships;
Loss: relationship, job, physical abilities, pets
Age Specialties: Adolescents
Session Formats: Individual
Collateral Consultations
Treatment Approaches: Integrative
Object Relations
Self Psychology
Cognitive interventions integrated within a psychodynamic approach focus
Additional Demographic Expertise: Experience with many religious beliefs, cultures, sexuality issues, thru
work in private practice and 2 UCCs.
Education: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now Argosy), 1992
License #: 071.004775
License State: Illinois
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychology Association, including DIV39 and DIV29 and DIV42
Illinois Psychology Association (IPA)
Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
PsiAN-Psychotherapy Action Network advocating insurance parity and coverage for mental health
Accepted Insurance: Any Indemnity Plan
Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare NOT covered;
Insurance and Billing Instructions: Before we meet, we can discuss how you will pay for treatment. This typically includes discussing your treatment goals, budget, and insurance coverage.

You have the most control if you self-pay for treatment. But I support your use of insurance. If you have BCBS or Blue Choice PPO, I will submit claims for you. With other PPO insurance policies, I will provide a completed claim form to you at month end that you can send to your insurer for reimbursement. This gives you the most control over your privacy.

I currently am in-network for BCBS/PPO and Blue Choice. If you have this insurance and choose to use it, I will ask you to pay me the copay/coinsurance and bill for you

The monthly statement I provide can be submitted by clients insurers, HSA/FSA accounts, or for income tax documentation. I do all billing myself to maximize client privacy.

I am not "in-network" with Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare or any HMO policies; these insurers typically will not reimburse for your work with me.
Office Hours: Thursday 11:00am-7:30pm By Appointment
Driving Directions: Located south of Dempster and immediately east of Route 294.
From downtown Chicago:
take Rt 90 to Rt 294-north, exit Dempster-east
travel north on Lake Shore Drive into north Sheridan Rd and turn west on Dempster to Northwest Highway; turn south on Northwest Highway.

1580 N. Northwest Highway is on the west side of the street.

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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 TELEPHONE ME at 847.570.0817 as I do not accept email contacts to protect your privacy. Only I answer my phone or listen to voicemail messages. This phone number DOES NOT process text messages - but DOES offer voicemail that only I retrieve.

Or TEXT your first name, telephone number and 2 times you're available to speak privately to 847.922.6672

Please do not contact me by email as confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

If you feel unable to wait 24 hours for my return telephone call or feel you are unsafe to be alone., please contact your nearest hospital Emergency Room after you leave your first name and phone number with me on my voicemail.

Patricia McMahon, PsyD, Psychologist in Park Ridge

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Chicago, IL 60602
(847) 570-0817

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In Practice Since:  1992
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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