Dr. Margaret Touny, Psy.D


Approach to Therapy:

Therapy is courageous journey of self-discovery that involves vulnerability and engaging in wholehearted living.  I believe that the core of “good” therapy involves creating a collaborative relationship founded upon mutual respect, trust, and empathy.  My intention in our work together is to see you, understand you, and challenge you to grow. Depending on your needs and goals, I will help you identify patterns in your life that may be holding you back, offer different skills to alleviate your pain, join you in shared laughter, and validate your experiences.  We will explore your strengths, support systems, and passions to empower you to navigate life’s challenges as they arise. I will check-in with you to assess what feels helpful and what I can do differently to best meet your needs. I am honored to accompany as we embark on this journey together. 

Clinical Interests:

I have a relational, psychodynamic, person-centered, and multicultural lens while utilizing trauma-informed, CBT, Mindfulness, and DBT skills.  By understanding your past and present, we will have more freedom and choice to shape your future.  

I specialize in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma, individuals struggling with feelings of unworthiness/low self-esteem, family of origin/interpersonal conflict, generalized and social anxiety, depression, and struggles related to identity development.  I am passionate about social justice and working with individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community, women, immigrants, and individuals with bi-cultural identities. 

Education and Training:

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois.  I have a doctorate degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  I have worked in a variety of settings including elementary, middle, and high schools, an inpatient hospital, community mental health, outpatient group practice, and university counseling centers.  My clinical work leaves me in constant awe of our ability as humans to be resilient in the face of suffering.

3 Things I Love:

Making and admiring ceramics, trying new recipes, and going on adventures across the world.

 

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My clinical work leaves me in constant awe of our ability as humans to be resilient in the face of suffering.
— Margaret Touny