I have over 19 years of specialized education and experience in working with individuals, families, couples, and groups to work though a variety of presenting concerns. I have earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. I completed my predoctoral internship in clinical psychology through the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. I am also a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.
I am a warm, compassionate, and patient professional with over nineteen years of experience as a therapist, professor, and supervisor who takes a holistic approach to helping clients understand and overcome their concerns. From the beginning of therapy, I will work with you to develop a relationship that feels authentic and safe so that your concerns, emotional wounds, and disappointments as well as joys, pleasures, and surprises can be meaningfully explored.
Within the context of this relationship, I will work with you to develop a fresh understanding of your internal world and your relationships with others. Though this process of insight is generally very helpful, I also make use of action-oriented change strategies to help you make changes and learn new skills in order to meet your goals.
Throughout my masterís and doctoral studies, I developed a strong foundation in the general knowledge and skills required to work with a wide range of clients from various age groups and backgrounds. I have trained in several community mental health centers and college counseling centers. Following the completion of my doctoral degree, I obtained advanced training in forensic and correctional psychology through work in Illinois' state psychiatric prison for men and in a specialized forensic program through the Department of Human Services. These and earlier experiences provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide competent and compassionate care to persons who fall anywhere on the spectrum of mental health and distress.
In addition to my private practice, I am a member of the Core Faculty in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Walden University. In addition to mentoring dissertation students, I teach doctoral practicum and internship, advanced psychopathology, ethics and professional standards, psychotherapy interventions, cognitive assessment, personality assessment, and group psychotherapy. Previously, I was an assistant professor of Counseling and Human Services at Roosevelt University. In this Master's program, I taught theories of counseling, basic counseling skills, counseling and psychotherapy integration (using the best of several approaches), group counseling, practicum/internship, and statistics and research methods. Along with my teaching responsibilities, I served as the department's director of field placement.
Although I have been in private practice since June 2004, I relocated my practice to serve communities located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in January 2007. My practice is focused on providing individual, family, and couples therapy to adults and older adults. You can read more about my practice on other pages. You can also access a copy of my curriculum vita here.
Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mitchell Hicks, PhD, ABPPLicensed Clinical Psychologist Board Certified Clinical Psychologist Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
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