Anna Matyja, Ph.D.

Dr. Anna Matyja is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.  She completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Northern Illinois University in 2005.  Dr. Matyja went on to earn her Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2014.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center at Virginia Tech where she received extensive training in psychological testing, individual, and group psychotherapy with young adults.

Dr. Matyja works with adolescent and adult populations on a wide array of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, ADHD, and learning disorders.  She has an extensive background in psychological evaluation of ADHD and learning disabilities, working with women’s issues, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches.  She joined the outpatient staff of Dr. Parisi & Associates, P.C. in 2017 where she provides professional services to outpatient clients.  Dr. Matyja is fluent in Polish and is an active member of the American Psychological Association.

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Joan Erenberg, LCPC, BC-DMT, RYT

Ms. Joan Erenberg received her Master of Arts Degree from Columbia College of Chicago with specialization in the creative arts therapies and has been practicing in the Chicago area for over ten years with a wide array of cultural backgrounds.  Joan helps her clients tap into their inner resources to cultivate psychological balance and well-being and is interested in working with mood, anxiety, grief and loss, body image issues, and Post-Traumatic Stress and emotional trauma.  Joan collaborates with her clients to better manage emotional challenges and psychological symptoms that are interfering with daily functioning as well as to address life transitions, existential issues or guide those who are feeling stuck in old patterns and beliefs.  Joan believes that growth and healing occur when individuals are empowered to integrate the psychological, social, emotional, creative, and physical aspects of self and invites her clients to explore coping strategies to better manage both interpersonal stressors and internal conflict.  Joan integrates a variety of treatment modalities into her helping approach including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, relational, humanistic / client-centered, existential, mindfulness, yoga, and creative arts / expressive therapies.

Joan joined Dr. Parisi and Associates, P.C. as a psychotherapist focusing mostly on adolescents and adults in his Chicago office.  She lives in Chicago and also facilitates special groups and workshops to promote interpersonal learning.

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Melissa Colon, Psy.D.

dr_melissa_colonMelissa Colon, Psy.D. completed her Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) from Roosevelt University of Chicago and her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago.

Dr. Colon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois specialized in Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology.  She is also a certified parent educator.  She has extensive experience in brain-mapping (QEEG) techniques, neurofeedback treatments and technologies, neuropsychological assessment, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Colon works with both pediatric and adult populations on an array of issues, including:  Autism, ADD / ADHD, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), Pain Management, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Parenting Techniques, Dementia, Anxiety, Depression, and Learning Disorders.

Dr. Colon joined the staff of Dr. Parisi & Associates, P.C. in 2016 and works in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Her passion lies in the neuroscience field.  Dr. Colon enjoys keeping up with the latest research and technologies in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology and neurofeedback techniques.

Dr. Colon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Nupur Sharma, LCPC

nupur_sharma picNupur Sharma, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology for Loyola University in Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Nupur’s clinical experience includes assessment and counseling of adolescent, adults, and elderly clients.  She has expertise in the areas of depression, anxiety and relationship issues.  Nupur treats both individuals and families and has a strong, multicultural orientation in her therapeutic approach – recognizing the importance of cultural sensitivity with clients with immigration and acculturation difficulties.   She joined the staff of Dr. Parisi & Associates, P.C. as an outpatient counselor and works in the Mount Prospect office location.

Nupur is passionate about advocating for individuals and families – empowering them to change.  Her clinical approach has been influenced by both Eastern and Western philosophies that help restore balance to her client’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Nupur is a bilingual / bicultural psychotherapist and is fluent in both English and Hindi.

Coping with Obesity

coping with obesityObesity is defined as a condition marked by excess accumulation of body fat, according to the American Psychological Association (1) and it affects a great portion of our population. In fact, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third or 78.6 million U.S. adults are obese.

While you may not be at a healthy weight, there are steps you can take not just to lose weight but to better cope with obesity. If you’re overweight and tired of being down on yourself all the time, this article is for you. Here’s how to cope with obesity.

  1. Make better food choices. Though this may be an obvious tip, it’s an important one. Part of coping with obesity means taking the necessary steps to overcoming it. Learn about healthy foods vs non-healthy foods and make an effort to choose healthy and nutritious foods. Avoid foods which are high in saturated fats and cholesterol and opt for foods high in protein and low in sugars.
  2. Connect. According to a 2015 study on social relationships and obesity people who are socially-connected are at a decreased risk of becoming obese. (3) Connect with people in your community, especially with those who share the same goals as you. Together you can encourage, support, and connect with each other.
  3. Use positive criticism. Being obese does not give you free reign to come down hard on yourself about every little thing you need to change but like with any other condition, it does allow the opportunity for positive criticism. Positive criticism will act as a way to correct yourself in a positive way while building your self-confidence.
  4. Create small goals. Setting small goals for yourself is a great way to cope with obesity. As you work to achieve each little goal you not only get closer to a larger goal but you also make room for regular celebrations of your achievements. Set goals not only for weight loss but also emotions and physical activity.

You are so much more than a number on the scale, finding joy no matter where you are in life both emotionally and physically is key. Coping with obesity requires a balance of embracing who you are while working to better yourself. Remember to make better food choices, connect, use positive criticism, and create small goals for yourself. By doing so you can actively work toward a better, more-healthy you while learning to love the person you are today.

Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. provides counseling, psychological testing, and psychotropic medication management in Mount Prospect and Chicago – serving surrounding Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Will Counties. They accept most insurance and offer extremely affordable sliding scale rates. Call (847) 909-9858 for a free, no-obligation telephone consultation.

 

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Sources:

  1.  Obesity, Definition of obesity, 2015, http://www.apa.org/topics/obesity/index.aspx
  2. Adult Obesity Facts, Number of obese American adults, 2015, http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
  3. Social Relationships and Obesity, Study findings ‘Connect’, 2015, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26213644

 

 

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Frank Gutierrez, LCPC, CADC

frank_gutierrezMr. Frank Gutierrez, LCPC, CADC is licensed in the State of Illinois as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and is certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).  He received his Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology (M.S.) from Argosy University of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2009.  He has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families and feels comfortable providing counseling services using a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Existential Therapy.

Frank joined the staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2015 and works as an outpatient provider at the Chicago office location.  He is fully Spanish bilingual.  Frank is well-respected for his multicultural experience.  He has worked with a wide array of client providing individual, group, family, and couples’ counseling.  Frank has also received training in working with DCFS referrals.

Frank takes a holistic approach to therapy designed to unite mind, body, and spirit.

Allison Barton, M.A., LCPC

Ms. Allison Barton, Counseling ExternMs. Allison Barton completed her undergraduate studies at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California in 2009 where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree (B.A.) with a Studio Art emphasis. She went on to earn her Masters of Art Therapy Degree (M.A.) from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2012.  Ms. Barton completed her Art Therapy Internship at The Gunnison Health Care Center in Gunnison, Colorado where she provided art therapy with a varied client population dealing with bereavement and end of life issues. More recently, Ms. Barton has served as a Screening, Assessment, and Supportive Services (SASS) Therapist with Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  She presently serves as a Community Liaison for Garfield Park Hospital where she assists in marketing.

Ms. Barton’s professional interests include working with children and the elderly, working with terminally ill populations, and using art therapy in cross-cultural settings.

Ms. Barton joined the staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. as a Counseling Extern in 2014.  She recently obtained her Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) certification in 2016 and works in private practice at Dr. Parisi’s Mount Prospect office where she maintains a diverse practice.  She is a member of the Illinois Art Therapy Association and is active in her church.

Megan Orr, Psy.D.

dr_orrDr. Megan Orr is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. She earned her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2010. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2004.Dr. Orr completed her pre-doctoral internship at Sheridan Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and her post-doctoral residency at Hillcrest Healthcare Center. Dr. Orr’s clinical experience includes work within a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. For the past four years, her work professional work has primarily focused on providing services to individuals with chronic mental illness and the geriatric population.

Prior to joining Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C., Dr. Orr was the Director of Mental Health at a psychiatric healthcare center and was responsible for developing and managing internal programming, discharge coordination, behavior monitoring, training of staff, and managing the completion of all necessary psychosocial assessments. Dr. Or employs the use of various treatment modalities and values the importance of maintaining a biopsychosocial perspective in the understanding of her clients. Her approach to psychotherapy draws heavily from her training in cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Orr joined Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2013 as both an inpatient and outpatient psychologist. She continues to supervise doctoral externs at a psychiatric healthcare center in Chicago. Dr. Orr was born and raised in Tipton, Indiana. In 2005 , she moved to Chicago in order to complete her graduate studies. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, as well as cooking.