Dr. Hollyn Michaels focused on psychological assessment, interpersonal trauma, and eating disorders while pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. Her research focused on adult attachment, complex trauma in adults, and intimate partner violence.
Hollyn specializes in psychological assessment. She utilizes assessment to identify underlying cognitive, behavioral, and personality factors that may be contributing to an individual’s difficulty in life functioning. Hollyn synthesizes these results and presents them to clients in order to help them understand themselves better and formulates practical recommendations with her clients to help them make real changes in their lives.
In addition to psychological assessment, Hollyn specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, complex trauma/PTSD, interpersonal violence, and sexual assault. She also has clinical interests in anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, personality disorders, and identity issues.
She has worked in a wide variety of settings from inpatient psychiatric hospitals, eating disorder residential treatment centers, and intensive outpatient programs. Hollyn approaches therapy from an interpersonal and relational framework, believing the therapeutic relationship is a valuable tool for changing the problematic patterns in a client’s life. She is also extensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Hollyn works out of the St Charles office.