About Chicago Psychologist Patricia A. McMahon, Psy.D.
Counseling is a very individual process you can use to better understand your feelings, motivations, solving and relationships central to your life.
My goal is to work with you to better understand where you have control to direct things in your life and where your options are more limited. Frequently, these pivot points may be different than either of us expect at first glance.
During your first counseling appointment we will discuss what brings you to contact me. This sets the stage for our work together. As counseling proceeds we will more clearly identify thoughts, feelings, behaviors or attitudes that impact your happiness and achieving your life goals in both positive and undermining ways. At times your counseling work may include exploring your past in order to better understand how it may be influencing your present decisions and relationships. At other times, however, your counseling work will focus directly on your current relationships or immediate issues. Although you will make the decision at each session what we work on, I will raise issues for you to consider.
My clinical training combined with my understanding of your background helps you to identify a wider range of approaches to living life. I draw on my pre- and post- doctoral studies in analytic/dynamic, cognitive, and neuropsychological theory to understand how you make decisions, set goals, pursue relationships. The goal is to identify and explore how your needs, attitudes, thinking and feelings influence your choices, as well as your personal or work relationships. The deeper understanding that you develop brings your present life into focus and new options for the future typically present.
Counseling is different from working with a medical doctor. It is important to recognize that you must make space in your life for counseling on a regular basis. Meeting at regular intervals over a period of time is generally key to progress in your personal understanding and growth. We will work together to agree on the frequency of meetings and overall duration of your counseling that best meets your needs and goals.
About Dr. McMahon’s Professional Credentials and Activities
- Received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1992 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (now Argosy)
- Licensed in Illinois as a Clinical Psychologist to provide psychotherapy and other services since 1992
- Engages in continuing education on a wide variety of subjects each year through weekly study group participation and conference or workshop attendance
- Provides services as a solo practitioner
- Trained and/or held clinical positions in a hospital, two university counseling centers, and a forensic agency
- Provided training and supervision to pre-doctoral students studying Clinical Psychology
- Taught psychology classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels
- Maintains memberships in the American Psychological Association (APA), APA-DIV39, DIV42 and DIV29 clinical divisions; Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), and the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (CAPP)
- CAPP President 2006-2007; CAPP Treasurer and member of the Executive Council at various times; currently DIV39/CAPP Representative
- DIV39-Section IV Secretary 2013-2015
Call 847-570-0817 for an initial consultation.
Illinois Licensed Clinical Chicago Psychologist. Counseling is an individual process in which you explore your life and relationships in a different way that thinking on your own or talking with friends or relatives. It is a process focused on your needs, desires, and goals.