Helping people live
flexible, meaningful lives
We all get stuck in behavior patterns that aren’t necessarily what we want for ourselves. Really, if we could choose, none of us would struggle with worries, fears, doubts, sadness, or loneliness. We wouldn’t need to try to push away these difficult emotions by engaging in destructive behavior patterns, like substance abuse, or pursuing unhealthy relationships, or avoiding social activities. It’s natural to try and protect ourselves from emotional pain, but the cost is high. Our lives get smaller, more inflexible, less meaningful, and less vital. Our goal in working with individuals is to help people open up, live in the present moment, and make choices that are driven more by values and less by fears.
Margie Provenzano, PsyD
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. I also have an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and I worked in magazine publishing for 10 years before going back to graduate school to study psychology. During that part of my career, I had the full range of professional experiences, including hiring people, firing people, managing an departmental budget, traveling frequently on business (and feeling the effects of that on my personal life), being laid off, and having to lay off other people. I can absolutely relate to people who struggle to find meaning in their professional and personal lives.
After the events of 9/11, and following some difficult experiences that came on the heels of that, I decided to go back to school because I wanted to do something that felt more personally meaningful with my life. I love my work as a clinical psychologist. Over the years I have developed particular interest in working with people with anxiety disorders, and I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced trauma in their lives. Some of the most rewarding work I have done has been my volunteer and professional work with people from all walks of life who needed help dealing with traumatic events that they experienced, which threatened to consume and define the rest of their life. This is a very anxious world we all live in, but anxiety and avoidance don’t have to dictate the choices you make in your life!
I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA), and the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
Louie is a sweet Yorkie Poodle who comes to the office with me a couple days each week. He is non-shedding and hypoallergenic. He's also super friendly and calm, and tends to do a good job helping patients process whatever emotions they're feeling!