Denise Tompkins, Psy.D.

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist and my specialty is working with children, adolescents and their families. I am also enjoy working with adult women and I am a certified specialist in working with pregnant and postpartum women struggling with anxiety/depression and new motherhood. I also work with women and couples struggling with fertility issues.

I received my undergraduate degree from Gannon University and graduate degrees from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I trained at Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Department of Child Psychiatry, Northern Illinois University, Linden Oaks Hospital @ Edward and North Central Behavioral Health Systems where I later became the Clinical Training Director for a staff of 200+ mental health professionals. I am also certified by Postpartum Support International and have received postgraduate training by the Postpartum Stress Center to treat women with perinatal mood disorders.

I supervised the clinical training of the postdoctoral fellows as Child/Adolescent specialist and predoctoral practicum students at Linden Oaks Hospital @ Edward, Naperville, Illinois and consult on program development. I co-led a support group at Edward Hospital for women experiencing postpartum anxiety/depression and assist in the development of a comprehensive postpartum screening and mental health service delivery system from pregnancy through the first year postpartum.

I have developed and conducted many workshops for mental health professionals on the topics of the use of Developmental and Family Systems theory in treatment and the use of the family in the stabilization of chronically and seriously mentally ill children and adults as well as presentations to medical staff and expectant parents regarding perinatal mood disorders. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,and Postpartum Support International. I am also a member of the Allied Staff of both Linden Oaks Hospital and Edward Hospital.

A mother of 3 children and married 25+ years, my professional work is enriched by my first hand knowledge of what it takes to be a mother, raise children, and be a family in today’s world.

SPECIALTIES

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CHILDREN

Our practice works to provide a safe environment for both children and parents to develop a clear and detailed understanding of where guidance is needed. Through our three-step process we will work closely with parents, to analyze different areas of concern and deliver proper resources for success.

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ADOLESCENTS

Treating adolescents is different than treating children.

Adolescence brings unique developmental challenges and there is a greater degree of confidentiality required.

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WOMEN

We are dedicated to working with women in all stages of their life. We help women experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of stressors across their relationships and lifespan, with a special focus on women facing a difficult pregnancy, fertility issues, miscarriage, difficult birth and fetal loss. We understand all facets of a woman’s development.

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