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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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.

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy

Cope with TragedyIt’s unfortunate today, how tragedy has become such a routine part of our lives. Whether on a small scale, such as the death of a loved one or on a national scale with the influx of terrorism, tragedy is hitting home far more frequently than ever before in our history. We would be gullible to believe these tragedies aren’t affecting our children too.

Helping children understand, cope, and live through tragedy can be challenging but it’s important they know they are not alone. Teaching them how to move forward in a positive manner is key to them living a successful adult life as a member of society. To better equip you, here’s how to help children cope with tragedy.

  • Recognize. The first step in helping a child cope with tragedy is being able to recognize the signs of disaster-related stress. According to FEMA, these signs could include difficulty communicating thoughts, difficulty sleeping, limited attention span, headaches/stomach problems, colds or flu-like symptoms, depression, fear, or overwhelming guilt. (1)
  • Communicate. While it may be difficult at first, it’s important to keep communication open between you and your child. Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings about the tragedy including how it made them feel. And answer any questions they may have honestly. Maintaining a calm persona will help them feel at ease.
  • Listen. As your child shares their feelings about the incident with you it’s important that you listen intently. “It’s also key to listen closely to your child for misinformation, misconceptions, and underlying fears,” according to the Mayo Clinic. (2) Turning an ear to these details can better help you correct any misinterpretations and reassure them of any concerns of new fears they may have.
  • Limit. For coping with large, media-based tragedies, it may be best to limit your child’s time spent listening or watching media. This allows you to control exactly what your child sees and hears about the event.
  • Seek help. Parents should never be afraid to seek help for their child. By finding a professional to speak to you can better help your child cope with the tragedies happening around them. A professional will also be able to direct you and provide additional tips for assisting your child.

Tragedies happen almost on a daily basis it seems. No matter how small or large a tragedy may be, it’s important to take the time to help your child cope. They are likely fearful, sad, and unsure. By recognizing these stress signs, opening up communication and listening, limiting their media exposure, and seeking help you can offer your child the loving support they need.

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. Coping With Disaster, Disaster-related stress signs, 2015, https://www.fema.gov/coping-disaster
  2. Helping Children Cope, Listen closely quote, 2012, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/helping-children-cope/art-20047029

 

 

 

 

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Jim Vanderbosch, Psy.D.

Dr. Vanderbosch PicDr. James (Jim) Vanderbosch is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois and has extensive experience working in hospital (inpatient and outpatient), schools, and clinics.  He works with children, adolescents and adults providing both psychotherapy and psychological testing services.  Dr. Vanderbosch has worked with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) conducting psychotherapy and psychological testing for child victims and adult perpetrators.

Dr. Vanderbosch completed his Bacheloreate training at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and went on to earn his Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1990.

Dr. Vanderbosch is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and well-connected within the Deaf and Deaf / Blind communities of Illinois.  He spent most of the last twenty-five years as the Clinical Director of two mental health programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.  He is intuitive, compassionate, and perceptive.

Dr. Vanderbosch joined Dr. Parisi & Associates, P.C. as an associate in 2016 and works in both outpatient and facilty-based settings within the practice.  Outside of work, he is father to four boys and is a weekend musician.

Can You Fake Mental Illness?

While you may be thinking, “Why would anyone want to fake a mental illness,” you may be surprised to learn that while mental illnesses have their obvious negatives, they also offer a handful of positives. Some of which are even believed to be worth faking it for.

mental illnessWe see hideous crimes committed regularly in society. There is almost always something horrific in the news that you would think, “Clearly that person must be insane to commit such a horrible crime against humanity.” And so, we watch as they choose to plea insanity. Now, the significance of proving insanity in the court room is that if you are deemed insane you are no longer eligible for the death penalty and cannot be held responsible for your actions in the same way a sane person would be, according to the U.S. Criminal Resource Manual. (1) An obvious draw for completely sane people to want to fake a mental illness, right?

You certainly don’t have to commit a horrible crime against humanity to consider the idea of faking a mental illness. Average people, leading average lives attempt to fake mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety often. Again, you may be asking yourself, “Why?” People with mental illnesses, similar to physical illnesses, receive attention. People want to hear about your struggle and help you cope or even help you overcome your mental illness. People who strongly desire attention may seek it through faking sick, mentally. But is it possible?

According to the Queensland government, “It is extremely difficult to ‘fake’ mental illness, particularly for an extended period of time.” (2) While someone may be able to imitate depression-like or insanity-like symptoms for a short period of time, eventually ones’ true colors will begin to show. In addition, a series of tests have been specifically put in place to weed out any potential fakers when it comes to pleading insanity within the court room.

It is important to note that while people who attempt to fake a mental illness for whatever benefit entices them often has an underlying root cause. They may have a great need for attention from others or enjoy lying and fooling people. Or they simply want an escape from the responsibility of the crimes they commit. Whatever the case may be, it’s important for us to look beyond the failed attempt to deceive.

From the court room to the dinner table and everywhere in-between, you may witness someone who attempts to fake a mental illness. Whether it be insanity, depression, anxiety, or another form of mental illness, there are a variety of benefits that comes with faking it. But don’t be alarmed. Faking a mental illness is extremely difficult, especially for an extended period of time. It turns out, you can’t fake it!

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. Criminal Resource Manual, Perks of pleading insanity, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-634-insanity-defense-reform-act-1984
  2. Frequently Asked Questions about Mental Illness, Difficult to fake mental illness quote, 2006, https://www.health.qld.gov.au/forensicmentalhealth/indigenous/docs/ind_fs1.pdf
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Mack Haggerty, Psy.D., LCPC

dr_haggertyDr. Mack Haggerty has an extensive and varied background in human behavior and clinical intervention and assessment.  He obtained his master’s degree in counseling while on active duty in the United States Navy at Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina in 1990.  Since then, he has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and obtained his Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.  Dr. Haggerty completed his internship with the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas.Dr. Haggerty’s specialties and professional interests include the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders – including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – depressive disorders, anger management, ethical issues in clinical psychology, veteran’s issues, couples’ therapy, autism spectrum disorder, childhood fluency disorders, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Dr. Haggerty utilizes a variety of treatment modalities to help his clients, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy, motivational counseling, and client-centered interventions.  His sense of humor and pragmatic style are designed to put his clients at ease and utilize their perhaps unknown resources.

A lifelong aviation and classic vintage automobile enthusiast, Dr. Haggerty resides in the Northwest Suburbs with his wife and twin boys.

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.

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Patricia Hoyos, Psy.D.

Dr. Patricia Hoyos, Licensed Clinical PsychologistDr. Patricia Hoyos completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Psychology in 1993. She went on to earn her Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2004 with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Psychology.Dr. Hoyos completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she provided intensive, in-home treatment to Autistic children ages 3 to 7 using a comprehensive, behavior-based intervention model. She completed her post-doctoral psychology fellowship at the Ada S. McKinley Community Services Interventions Outpatient Program where she provided bilingual, in-home, community-based treatment to severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents and their families.Dr. Hoyos’ areas of specialization include the treatment of trauma, health psychology, early childhood, family therapy, Latino families, domestic violence, and low-income populations. She has worked within her own private practice and as a Staff Psychologist at Mount Sinai Hospital where she has continued to work with children, adolescents and families and cater to an ethnically diverse and underserved population.

Dr. Hoyos joined the staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2014 as a Psychologist who provides inpatient services at Metro Chicago skilled nursing facilities working within a bilingual capacity. Dr. Hoyos is a native Spanish speaker and is passionate about serving the needs of the Latino elderly. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Midwest Association of Latino Psychology (MALP).

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Tom Naratadam, Psy.D., LCPC

Dr. Tom Naratadam chicago illinoisDr. Tom Naratadam earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and both his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Masters Degree in School Psychology (Ed.S.) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  He completed his Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) certification in Illinois in 2015.  His professional work experience is diverse and includes work in multiple settings including residential, inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, group private practice, and school-settings throughout the Metro Chicagoland area.

Dr. Naratadam has worked as an outpatient provider with Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. since 2010. In addition to his work with Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C., Dr. Naratadam works as a bilingual school psychologist at the Chicago Public Schools – performing extensive diagnostic testing and spearheading group therapy with children and adolescents.

Dr. Naratadam has expertise working in multicultural populations and has conducted numerous workshops on cross-cultural issues related to the Latino and Asian-Indian cultures. His experience also includes several years of assessing and working with children and adolescents who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Conduct and Mood Disorders, and issues related to adolescent sexuality and identity.

Dr. Naratadam is proud of his Asian-Indian heritage. He enjoys traveling, enjoying Chicago’s wide array of restaurants, and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Naratadam is fluent in Spanish.

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Stephanie Lilly, LCPC

Mrs. Stephanie Lilly chicago illinoisMrs. Stephanie Lilly is credentialed as Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. She completed her Masters of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Community Counseling from Argosy University in 2008.

Mrs. Lilly has worked in a variety of capacities and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Mrs. Lilly specializes in working with young children and adolescent females, has facilitated social skills groups for children with Aspergers Disorder and has conducted Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups for adolescents.

Mrs. Lilly is trained in Play Therapy, Introductory Theraplay® and Marshack Evaluations (MIM) from The TheraPlay® Institute in Chicago, is a member of the Association of Play Therapy, and is the Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall County.

She began working as a staff therapist at Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2011. Mrs. Lilly grew up in Illinois and lives with her family in Arlington Heights.