Dr. Rachael Sytsma, Evanston Psychologist, Chicago Psychologist

Providing therapy for Evanston children, adolescents, and adults.

"I believe that therapy is only as good as the relationship between a client and therapist. Thus, it is my goal to get to know every client on a deeper level in order to foster a solid, healthy, therapeutic relationship that can provide one with opportunities to learn, be challenged, feel supported, and grow. Because each client is different, with different needs and values, I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on Feminist Interrelational Theory. All clients bring with them strengths and resiliency and it is my goal to help them recognize their own power and strengths through collaborative exploration.

"My clinical training and work has provided me with the opportunities to work with clients across the lifespan with a variety of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and trauma disorders. I am passionate about working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ*, specializing in working with Transgender/Gender Variant clients. In addition, I am a certified domestic violence counselor and have worked with survivors of violence from all backgrounds, and gender identities. I have experience in working with individuals, families, and groups, as well as providing psychological assessments."

Specialties

Mood disorders, LGBTQ*, transgender/gender variant clients, borderline personality disorder, autism spectrum disorders, domestic violence issues

Background

Rachael Sytsma, Psy.D., (she/her/hers) received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology with a Diversity and Multicultural concentration from Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago. She has completed clinical trainings at various sites such as YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Dr. Alan M. Jaffe and Associates, Hartgrove Hospital, Howard Brown Health Center, and Genesis Therapy Center She is also a certified domestic violence counselor. Rachael Sytsma, Psy.D., received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies from Aquinas College. She is is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois since 2017.

Rachael sees clients at our downtown Chicago office on Thursdays and Fridays and in our Evanston office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

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