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.

Keri Downs, Psy.D.

Keri Downs, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Dartmouth College in 2003.  Keri went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston University and Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Keri has experience working with various populations in a variety of settings, including residential treatment centers, therapeutic day schools, public school systems, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient clinics throughout the Chicagoland and Metro Boston areas.

Keri has special interest in working with children and adolescents, trauma, and diversity issues and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  Through her doctoral dissertation, Keri explored racial identification in black-white biracial children.  Keri’s approach to psychotherapy encompasses a wide range of interventions that typically rooted in strengths-based, relationship-based, and cognitive-behavioral theories.  She is aware of the strengths of her clients and their families and, whenever possible, incorporates creative approaches into all modalities of therapy.  Keri also believes that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful tool to help individuals gain deeper awareness and insight into their emotions, behaviors, and relationships.

Keri joined Dr. Parisi & Associates, P.C. in 2017 and works as an outpatient psychotherapist in his Chicago office providing psychological testing and counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults.  Keri has a passion for playing basketball and boxing and she is an avid fan of hometown teams (DISCLAIMER:  Since moving here, Keri has opened up her heart to the Chicago teams as well!! 😀 ).

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.

Why Men Don’t Want Help

Even though they may not like to admit it, men suffer from mental illness almost as much as women. However, the general characteristics of a man often leads to his handling mental illness in a way that is detrimental to his health.

Men and mental illness

man and depressionThe most common mental illness in men is depression. While this is often caused by post-traumatic stress disorder after serving time in the armed forces, many men suffer from depression for genetic, psychological, and stress related reasons (1). In fact, studies showed that over 6 million men in America suffer from depression. Their reaction to depression is usually substance or alcohol abuse, anger (sometimes abusive), and even suicide (2).

Men and Suicide

Only about half as many men suffer from depression as women do, and yet the suicide rate for men is four times that of women. How can this be true? There are a few reasons to consider (3).

  1. Men have a higher attempt to suicide ratio, meaning that they are more likely to succeed in killing themselves than women.
  2. Females are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, but men are more likely to follow through on theirs.
  3. Men most often use firearms when attempting suicide while women usually try to take something orally – it is much easier to save women in an attempt like this.

Men and Seeking Treatment

When it comes to mental illness, men are much less likely to get help for the following reasons (among others):

  1. Pride. It is very hard for most men to admit that something is wrong. They like to pretend that they have everything under control and don’t need help from anyone. Sometimes their pride causes them to overlook the problem and pretend it doesn’t exist or that it is just a coincidence. Other times, men are aware that something is wrong with them but their pride convinces them that they can hand it on their own (1).
  2. Responsibility. The majority of men have innate desire to provide and care for a family. If they are unable to do so because of a mental impairment, it can lead to a feeling of worthlessness and therefore worsen the condition. Because they feel this overwhelming responsibility, they tend to ignore the problem or even immerse themselves in more work.
  3. Selfishness. A man plays many roles in life, but he most likely still enjoys hobbies like working out, fishing, building cars, playing games, etc. If he is spending time and money on getting treated for a mental condition, he may have to give up certain things that he enjoys in life. This selfishness can negatively affect not only the man himself, but also his family and friends.

If a man is honest with himself, he knows whether or not there is something wrong with him. If he is able to get over his pride and selfishness and get help, he can use his overall competitive and determined nature to succeed in overcoming the effects of mental illness.

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. Men and Mental Illness, Mental disorders common in men, 2015, https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=4565
  2. Men: A Different Depression, Depression in men, 2015, http://www.apa.org/research/action/men.aspx

Suicide: Facts at a Glance, Men and suicide, 2012, http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/Suicide_DataSheet-a.pdf

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.

Tony Fletcher, Psy.D., ABPP

dr_fletcherDr. Tony Fletcher is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Dipolmate in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  He joined the professional staff of Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D. & Associates, P.C. in 2015 working in the Mount Prospect clinic.

Dr. Fletcher earned his Bachelor Degrees in his double-major of microbiology and psychology from Arkansas State University in 1989.  He went on to earn his Masters of Science Degree (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology and his Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) from Nova Southeastern University in 1995.  Dr. Fletcher completed his Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Illinois in 1997.

In 1997, Dr. Fletcher was hired as a Clinical Neuropsychologist for the Isaac Ray Center, LLC through the Department of Psychiatry and the Law at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center where he performed all types of forensic, psychological, and neuropsychological evaluations regarding civil and criminal law.  Dr. Fletcher began his private practice in Chicago in 2000 specializing in personal injury, medical/psychiatric/hospital negligence, competency to stand trial, and insanity evaluations.  Due to his reputation in this field, he was hired as a Clinical Psychologist by the Department of Human Services of Illinois and placed at Elgin State Mental Health Center to evaluated reported cognitive and psychological status in patients found unfit to stand trial.  Dr. Fletcher honed his forensic evaluation skills and is a well-regarded and sought-after presenter in issues related to malingering and response style, clinical neuropsychology, and fitness to stand trial.  In conjuction with his forensic work, Dr. Fletcher has maintained his ongoing experience with children ages five and older, as well as in adolescents and adults in regards to psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.

Dr. Fletcher’s therapeutic orientation is in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and he is also certified in Dialetic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Dr. Fletcher believes in applying interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to help his clients reach their fullest potential.

Dr. Fletcher has served as a consultant for various hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, businesses, attorneys, nursing homes, and State organizations.

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.

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).

Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D.

Mark D. Parisi, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical PsychologistDr. Mark Parisi is Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist In Illinois and Florida.

He earned his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1991. Dr. Parisi went on to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology In 1995.

He is also certified as a Professional Mediator through the Association of Conflict Resolution Institute. Dr. Parisi finished his internship and residency while serving on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1995 – 1998 and specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Community Mental Health, and Traumatic Stress Disorders.  He deployed overseas to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, in 1997 with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army as part of Task Force 2-87.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his active duty military service in 1998. Dr. Parisi has worked post-residency since 1998 and opened his practice in the Chicagoland area back in 2000.

He has served as a consultant to schools and businesses on a wide variety of mental health topics.  As a child psychologist, Dr. Parisi has worked as a child advocate, as a consultant for Head Start, and as a pediatric evaluation and treatment expert.  He has highly specialized training in disruptive behavior disorders of childhood under Drs. Russell Barkley and Robert Brooks.

At his clinic, Dr. Parisi maintains a broad-based practice serving children as young as three years old and adults well into their golden years.  He provides individual, group, family, and couples’ therapy utilizing a Cognitive-Behavioral / Solution-Focused treatment style.  In his work as an I/O Psychologist, Dr. Parisi has performed personnel selection and job analysis for both military and civilian agencies.

In addition to his work as child psychologist, Dr. Parisi has a sub-specialty in geriatrics and has worked tirelessly as a champion for mental health issues among the elderly and chronic mentally ill.  He serves as a consultant to several area nursing homes and long term care facilities and designs state-of-the-art programs tailored to the unique needs of skilled nursing facilities around Metro Chicagoland.

Dr. Parisi grew up in Park Ridge.  He is married and lives with his family in Skokie where he enjoys family time, attending movies and plays, reading, hiking, and running.  Dr. Parisi is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Skokie Valley Rotary Club.  He presently serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserves and is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.