Michael Amil, PsyD

Behavioral & Mental Health (IPD), Health Psychology

Practices In: Naperville
Patients Seen: Adults

I am a licensed clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist with robust expe­ri­ence work­ing in com­mu­ni­ty, res­i­den­tial and med­ical set­tings. I work pre­dom­i­nate­ly from a rela­tion­al mod­el that uti­lizes an inter­sec­tion­al fem­i­nist lens to sit­u­ate people’s lived expe­ri­ences. Peo­ple can have mul­ti­ple iden­ti­ties and belief sys­tems that deserve recog­ni­tion. Lever­ag­ing these nuances can empow­er patients to uti­lize cop­ing strate­gies and frame­works that serve to bet­ter sus­tain their well­be­ing. Whether it is seek­ing out spe­cif­ic solu­tions or mak­ing mean­ing of an event, I strive to work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly along­side patients as they walk towards healing.

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Languages
English
Awards & Accolades
Adler University's Social Justice Scholarship 2014
Clinical Interests

I have com­plet­ed spe­cial­ty train­ing in health psy­chol­o­gy, which focus­es on psy­choso­cial and adap­tive func­tion­ing relat­ed to med­ical diag­noses, injuries, and chron­ic health con­di­tions. I have com­plet­ed my APA Intern­ship and Post-doc­tor­al Fel­low­ship at Vet­er­an Affairs Med­ical Cen­ters work­ing along­side inte­grat­ed clin­i­cal teams. Some com­mon pre­sent­ing con­cerns I have addressed have includ­ed adjust­ment wor­ries or shifts in mood relat­ed to trau­mat­ic brain injury, ampu­ta­tion, spinal cord injury, IVF/​family plan­ning, HIV, and can­cer. This can also include couple’s ther­a­py or address­ing sex and inti­ma­cy con­cerns. I also have exten­sive expe­ri­ence work­ing with the LGBTQ+ Com­mu­ni­ty. I rec­og­nize the impor­tance of under­stand­ing the his­tor­i­cal, sociopo­lit­i­cal con­text to de-pathol­o­giz­ing sex­u­al and gen­der iden­ti­ty dif­fer­ences. From com­ing out to nav­i­gat­ing trans/​gender expan­sive care, I enjoy walk­ing along­side folks in mov­ing towards liv­ing more authen­ti­cal­ly. I sup­port work­ing from an informed con­sent mod­el and strong­ly believe in empow­er­ing peo­ple to make their own choic­es when con­sid­er­ing what con­gru­ence and authen­tic­i­ty looks like for them.

Personal Interests

Per­son­al inter­ests include queer pop cul­ture, dis­abil­i­ty advo­ca­cy, and racial jus­tice. I enjoy cook­ing, art fes­ti­vals, and trav­el­ing in my free time. It is not uncom­mon to find me read­ing the lat­est dystopic nov­el or play­ing video games.

School
Mercer University Graduation Date: 2010 Degree: Women's & Gender Studies/English
Adler University Graduation Date: 2019 Degree: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Physician’s Publications
LGBT Folks & the Department of Defense, WGN Podcast
2016

Conditions

Adjustment Disorder, Aging, Anxiety, Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Burn, Chronic Medical Illnesses, Couples/Marriage, Death/Terminal Illness, Depression, Fertility Issues, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Grief & Loss, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ Mental Health, Life Transitions, Medication Management/Medical Adherence, Military Issues, Military Sexual Trauma, Mood Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology, Pre-surgical evaluation (Transplant, bariatric surgery, LVAD or pain device implantation), Race-based Stress, Relationships, Self Esteem, Spinal Cord Injury, Sports Injury/Concussion, Stress, Stress Management, Stroke, Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Health

Treatment Styles

Couples Counseling, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy