Katie Lyons, LCSW - 2020 Best of Chicago Award
I received my Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in 1993. Immediately after graduating, I was hired by Northwestern Memorial Hospital's (NMH) Stone Institute of Psychiatry. I worked in Emergency Psychiatry for several years doing crisis therapy and Biopsychosocial Assessments for Hospitalization, Chemical Dependence and Partial Hospitalization programs. At the same time, I began a private practice seeing clients and athletes in psychotherapy which I continue to this day.
At present, I thoroughly enjoy my private practice and helping motivated individuals and couples achieve their goals. Having my therapy dog, Callie O'Malley present is helpful for clients in a multitude of ways. My areas of expertise include treating clients, couples and families with depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD, career, relationship, grief, loss and performance enhancement issues.
In addition to my Private Practice, I continue to work in what is now called, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern Medicine. I am very fortunate to work with the finest clinicians, doctors, occupational therapists, researchers and trainees. My work at NM helps to keep me current on the latest research and the most efficacious treatment modalities.
As a therapist I believe in the power of change and start by listening to my client articulate their goals, wishes and desires. If a client is struggling with articulating their goals, I often suggest writing homework to help clients get more clarity. My strategy depends upon my client's goals, a collaborative approach and the most effective means to get there. Through the therapeutic relationship and client-focused therapy, I have helped endless people achieve their goals.