Dr. Dawn Kusinski
Dr. Kusinski specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Minooka, IL. Dr. Kusinski has over 15 years’ experience working in schools, hospitals, clinics and private practice. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life transitions. Additionally, she has experience working with children and their families, single parents, families going through a divorce or those on the verge of blending families; which can all present with specific challenges. Other areas of expertise include: autism, inattention, hyperactivity, mood disorders, behavioral disorders, and adjustment disorders.
In addition to her degree in clinical psychology, she holds a Type 73 certification as a Licensed School Psychologist. Her experience in this area, offers families a chance to gain insight and guidance regarding special education services and procedures.
Melissa has experience in outpatient and residential settings; working with individuals, couples and groups. Her experience includes treating those with depression, anxiety, hoarding, behavioral concerns and difficulty adjusting to life transitions such as relationship changes, aging, or illness.
Her goal is to work with clients to identify what is important and develop strategies in how to achieve those personal outcomes. She believes small steps in a positive direction can develop lasting habits which contribute to greater overall happiness and a greater sense of balance in life. She strives to help clients see hope for change, empower them to make changes and celebrate successes.
Committing to starting therapy can be hard. I will work side by side with you to identify what's not working and how to make healthy changes. I work hard to make the therapy process as enjoyable and positive as possible and I recognize the importance of respecting your time and goals in treatment. I have almost 10 years of experience in the field working with adults and teens who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and addiction related issues. I have worked extensively within the criminal justice system and can provide court ordered evaluations. I look forward to collaborating with you!
I have experience in treating issues related to addiction, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, parenting issues, situational changes and stressors, trauma and abuse, relationship issues, behavior disorders, grief, and those issues relating to being criminal justice involved.
Sometimes the idea of being in therapy can be frightening if you don't know what to expect. We will work collaboratively to identify your goals and desired outcomes and I will explain the process every step of the way.
I offer expert, compassionate, individualized counseling to help clients find insight into their feelings, behavior and relationships.
My areas of expertise include working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with adjustment and anger issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, problem-solving and challenges in life. My background is in providing services for those with extensive mental health history, experiencing functional struggles, and at risk of psychiatric hospitalization.
Together we work to understand the way your thoughts and emotions affect your behaviors and how to develop new, healthy ways of coping to get you effectively living your life and achieving your life goals.