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Dr. Dathan Paterno, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director

SpeakingDr. Paterno is the founder and Clinical Director of Park Ridge Psychological Services. He is also the author of three published works, including the parenting book Desperately Seeking Parents.

Dr. Paterno is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. He completed his doctoral internship at The Arlington Center for Attention Deficit Disorders in Arlington Heights, IL, where he assessed and treated children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Paterno was a staff counselor at Lutheran General Hospital for several years on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry unit, performing individual, milieu, psychoeducational, and group therapies. He also developed a journaling therapy, resulting in The Take-Home Therapist. He also worked at Laureate Day School in Niles, IL and Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, after completing his B.A. at Calvin College.

Dr. Paterno’s Philosophy

Dr. Paterno affirms that all people are biological, social, and spiritual beings. He believes that all of these are relevant in assessing and responding to a person’s struggles. To ignore any of these facets of the personality, then, would be to ignore an essential facet of a person’s being, functioning, and suffering.

He adamantly denies the currently held myth that emotional disorders/problems are the result of genetically transmitted, biochemical imbalances. While he recognizes that biological factors are relevant to psychological/social/emotional problems, he sees “symptoms” as meaningful and purposeful, within the holistic context of the person. This means that almost all problems are essentially normal responses to abnormal situations.

Dr. Paterno denies that psychotropic medications are necessary, effective, or generally safe. While he sees plenty of clients who choose to remain on psychiatric medication, he utilizes non-medical alternatives, which have been proven — in an ever-expanding body of research and also in his professional experience — to be largely more effective, safe, and humane.

Contact Dr. Paterno
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 1

Jessica Fox, LCPC, Co-Clinical Director

optimized- Kelly-000048Jessica Fox is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is a compassionate therapist with a fresh, positive outlook on life. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Jessica has presented at the Roundtable Discussion of the Affiliated Meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action. After providing individual and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation during her clinical rotation at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s outpatient clinic in Chicago, she was nominated for an Excellence Award for client satisfaction.

Jessica has experience working with the adolescent and adult populations. She works primarily with teenagers who are coping with depression, anxiety, social problems, and eating disorders. Jessica recognizes the stress and sadness that arises for young adults when they are transitioning into new phases of life and aims to help ease the anxiety of the new, exciting, and sometimes terrifying responsibilities that are presented in these phases. Jessica has interest in working with individuals with poor self-image and self-esteem issues that may result from disordered eating. She also has experience and a passion for working with adults dealing with family and relationship problems. Jessica works with couples to deepen their relationship through trust building exercises, experiential techniques, and homework. She helps couple’s relearn communication skills that are the basis of their relationships. Jessica’s empowering techniques combined with her compassion for life satisfaction is helpful for individuals, groups, and couples.

Jessica believes that social and environmental factors are the primary causes of personal turmoil and that by exploring past experiences while emphasizing the present, individuals can find happiness by developing coping skills that will bring them fuller lives. Jessica’s integrative style includes interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral therapies that produce positive changes in a short time. She utilizes empowerment as an incredibly beneficial tool while encouragingly influences various areas of individual and interpersonal functioning. Jessica specializes in increasing social and communication skills while maintaining a professional and collaborative relationship with her clients.

Contact Jessica Fox
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 2

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Meghann Richko, LCPC, Yoga Therapist

prof pic 2016-2Meghann is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Yoga Therapist, and Fitness professional. She holds an M.A. in counseling, B.A. in psychology, and a CYT in Yoga Therapy. Along with providing counseling services, she currently teaches ongoing yoga classes, facilitates continuing education, and leads seminars on mental and physical health topics. Meghann has been practicing, studying, and teaching many styles of yoga and group fitness for 13 years, and is a skilled teacher in relaxation techniques and breathing practices.

Her counseling style incorporates client-centered, body/mind, and cognitive-behavioral practices, combined with integrative techniques appropriate for each client. Her therapeutic techniques revolve around empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being. With close observation and guidance, Meghann creates treatment and lifestyle plans based on an individual’s needs, with their input and participation. Her emphasis is on methods for managing or healing a variety of conditions including but not limited to anxiety, depression, OCD, stress reduction, eating disorders, body image issues, somatic disorder, muscular skeletal issues, stress related illnesses, injury rehab and prevention, preventative health, improving nutrition, and the psychological aspects of pain and pain management.

In addition to her studies in psychology, clinical work, and traditional counseling, Meghann studied holistic approaches to health at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Aryuvedic Medicine, where she obtained her therapeutic background, which includes applications to mental and physical health conditions, as well as Yin and Restorative practices. She also acquired yoga certifications and training hours from Richard Freeman’s Yoga School (Ashtanga), YogaView (Vinyasa Yoga Level 1 and 2), and CorePower Yoga (Power Level 1, 2, and 3, Hot, Sculpt, and Restorative). She is an American Aerobics Fitness Association Group Fitness Instructor.

Meghann believes that individuals can achieve success in all aspects of their lives by improving their health. The connection between body, mind, and environment is constantly explored in the therapeutic relationship, and it is Meghann’s goal to help her clients learn new ways to cope with tensions and transitions that are a part of everyday life. This is achieved by investigating the biological, psychological, cultural, societal, and environmental factors of life, and how each of these affects physical and emotional health.

Meghann works with children, adolescents, and adults. Along with traditional individual psychotherapy and group counseling (talk therapy), Meghann is available for yoga therapy, fitness training, and wellness counseling. She is truly committed to helping others through listening, interpersonal skills, and motivation.

Contact Meghann Richko
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 8

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Dyanne Bresler, MA, RN-BC, LCPC

dyanneDyanne Bresler is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse. She received her Master’s Degree at Western Michigan University and worked in private practice for many years with her late husband, Dr. Michael Bresler.

Dyanne works primarily with adult men and women as well as teens and couples. She is certified in EMDR and has helped many clientsrecover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is highly experienced in treating adults who suffer from emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, issues related to grief/loss as well as relationship difficulties.

Trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, Dyanne says, “I believe that couples can step away from the edge of the cliff in a bad relationship if they are willing to do the work that it takes. When an unhappy couple can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel, I believe enough for both of them until they can see it themselves.

“My clients and I create a working relationship. My job is to create an atmosphere that is safe. I may use humor, ask more questions, teach, make comments, offer homework and various experiential techniques. But always, the work is collaborative because I trust that every person has a unique capacity to draw on his or her own strengths.”

Dyanne works collaboratively with physicians and other health care professionals, and strives to make the experience of psychotherapy one that creates hope, growth and life-affirming change.

Contact Dyanne Bresler
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 6

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Pascale Burns, LPC

Pascale Burns is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of clinical experience. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She works primarily with adolescents and adults.
Pascale has worked as a therapist for over ten years at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, where she has gained a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults dealing with a broad scope of challenges, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chemical dependency, and loss. Pascale is also a skilled facilitator for groups and families.

Pascale is keenly aware that life’s challenges don’t always make sense and can cloud one’s ability to make the best choices.

She believes that every individual is uniquely created by God, and when equipped with the right tools can become capable of making choices that will lead to fulfillment and healthy relationships.

“Whether it’s a long term situation or a moment of crisis, I am here to help you gain insight into yourself and your situation, as well as help you see how your reaction to the difficulties you are facing can make all the difference. I am prepared to help you do the work needed to emerge strong and prepared to face challenges.”

Pascale’s therapeutic approach is integrative and customized to meet the individual needs of her clients.

She is currently accepting new clients.

Contact Pascale Burns
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 9

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Emily Gilliam, LPC, CRADC, MISAII

thumbnail_headshotEmily is a licensed professional counselor with a Master’s Degree from National Louis University in Clinical Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. She also earned her certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and additional certification surrounding the interaction of mental illness and substance abuse. While pursuing her degrees, Emily gained experience working with women with severe mental health disorders, as a substance abuse counselor, and as a therapist with dual diagnosis populations. Emily specializes in substance abuse issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Her goal is to assist her clients to feel whole while providing a safe and understanding environment.

Emily’s philosophy is simple: she believes that in our search for happiness, belonging, and meaning in our lives, we sometimes lose our way, our sense of hope, and even ourselves. In her search for answers to this painful dilemma, Emily came to perceive the therapeutic process as a powerful vehicle for helping people discover not only their own potential, but access their own ability to change and grow. Emily describes the heart of her practice as helping clients discover and effect the changes they want in their lives with empathy, compassion, honesty, and respect.

Understanding there is no “one size fits all” when working with clients, Emily employs a holistic approach to therapy. Drawing on her experience with a number of treatment methods, including Mindfulness based practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art, and Music. Emily works primarily with adults and adolescents, meeting her clients exactly where they are to help them in the search for who they want to be.

Contact Emily Gilliam
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 12

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Kelsey Romanoff, LPC


Kelsey Romanoff is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, at Trinity Christian College. Kelsey enjoys working with all ages including children, adolescents, and adults. She works with various concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship and social issues, spiritual needs, behavior problems, and other difficulties.

Kelsey believes that every individual has a purpose and emphasizes the need to feel valued. She uses mindfulness, imagery, art, music, cognitive behavior therapy, and person-centered therapy, among other techniques and tools. Ultimately, Kelsey’s goal is to meet each client where they are at. It is her passion to encourage, empower, and equip clients to seek purpose, insight, healing, and meaning in their lives.

Contact Kelsey Romanoff

Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 14

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Laura O’Brien, OTR/L

Laura OBrien OTRLLaura O’Brien is a Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) with 30 years’ experience and intense passion for working with children and families. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Occupational Therapy. Laura holds certifications in Sensory Integration and Yoga for the Special Child. She is well-versed and experienced with treating children with sensory integration and sensory processing disorders. She has developed innovative programing to treat autism. Laura has both the passion and background experience for meeting the special needs of children with social emotional challenges. Her approach is kind, creative and playful, yet grounded in research and science.

Laura has worked with all ages and conditions, and loves developing wellness programs for children, adolescents, and the families that she serves. She has provided many in-service presentations for professional staff and families.

Personal interests of Laura include fitness and wellness training, mind-body integration, yoga, Pilates, and ballroom dancing. Laura carries the same passion and dedication that she feels for working with children to the dance floor and has won national titles in ballroom dancing.

Laura is board certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), licensed to perform Occupational Therapy, and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA).

Laura is dedicated to share her passion for Occupational Therapy as she collaborates with the staff at Park Ridge Psychological Services.

Laura O’Brien OTR/L is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO.

Contact Laura O’Brien
Phone: (847) 692-6692 – Ext. 13

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Danielle Van De North, Therapy Intern

Danielle attends Lewis University, where she is studying for her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is seeking certification for working with children and adolescents. She has experience as a teacher’s assistant in two special education programs in Naperville and Park Ridge, primarily working with children and adolescents with Autism and Down’s Syndrome and a wide range of functionality.

Danielle provides services to clients with or without insurance at a very low cost. Her scope includes ADHD, Autism (ASD), Down Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship/Social Issues, and Behavioral Disorders/problems. Her treatment modalities are varied, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, meditation, imagery, art, and music, incorporating many techniques and tools. Danielle also has experience working with couples utilizing Gottman’s method and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Ultimately, she seeks to meet each client where they are at, aiding them in their journey toward meeting their individualized goals.

Danielle is available in the Park Ridge office Tuesday through Saturday, by appointment.

Phone: (630) 277-3035


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