Education and Training
Cory obtained her BA from UIC in Criminal Law and Justice with a minor in Psychology. She also earned her MS in Forensic Psychology from Capella University. Following her undergraduate studies, Cory worked in various roles that have equipped her with the foundational skills necessary for providing mental health services. She is currently enrolled in the PsyD program at Adler University with an emphasis in substance abuse. Cory’s desire to work with people of diverse backgrounds originated from her work with the Coalition on Urban Girls non profit where she facilitated the health curriculum. Cory also recently completed her diagnostic externship at Family Counseling Service, a community mental health organization dedicated to providing therapeutic services to a variety of clients from varying backgrounds and identities. Her clinical experience entails working with child, adolescent, and adult clients, co-facilitating FCS’s Autism Skills therapy group, and providing psychological assessment for predominantly neurodevelopmental and mood disorders.
Approach to Treatment
Cory believes that psychotherapy does not appropriately serve patients when clinicians utilize a “one-size-fits-all” mindset. According to her, being flexible, compassionate, and intrinsically empathetic to a patient’s individual needs is critical when providing effective services. In her clinical work thus far, she feels that meeting the client where they’re at, providing a safe space, and building a strong alliance are the most useful tools for therapeutic intervention. Ultimately, her theoretical orientation is fluid and her goal is to offer support that is clinically relevant for her patients.