Hi, I’m Laura

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I’m Dr. Laura L. Walsh, your licensed clinical psychologist and educator. I’ve been helping people make decisions and solve problems for nearly two decades.  I’ve got advanced training and experience in Discernment Counseling, The Gottman Method of couples counseling, and have specialties in addictions, ADHD, and LGBT issues.  I work especially well with C-level executives and business owners as well as their families.

More About Me

Welcome!  It’s good to see you.

My Dad wanted me to be an engineer.  I wanted to be an astrophysicist until it got to the math.  Really, I’m just a nerd. Specially, a brain nerd. Or rather, a people nerd.

I drive a tech’ed out minivan and I love it.  I’m a step mom of two teenage boys. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I mess up all the time. Luckily, I’m teachable.

I started saying I wanted to be a psychologist before I even really knew what one was.  I just found people fascinating. I don’t like a lot of people but I still think they are interesting (it’s an introvert thing).  I read a crap ton of memoirs of average (meaning, non-famous) people way before I started grad school. At first, I preferred the beginning parts – so full of drama.  The getting better parts were kind of boring. Then I started working on myself and the drama got dull. That seems like progress.

I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) after grad school.  Seems like with my training, I would have caught that sooner. For the longest time, I thought the way my symptoms showed up was my personality.  Turns out that when properly medicated, I’m not the flighty, irresponsible mess I’d always pictured. I’m actually quite chill, thoughtful, and organized.  Took some work and perspective but that’s life.

I had a professor who said she didn’t feel like she really knew what she was doing until about ten years out (Thanks Dr. Slobig!).  I’m right at that mark and feel like I’ve got some great stuff to share. There’s a method I’ve loosely figured out from people telling me what works best for them.  It’s a flexible path that just makes practical sense. Change takes time and that’s frustrating. When you’re sick of feeling bad, change is all you’ve got. One of the unique benefits of working with a professional with ADHD is that everything is super interesting and rewarding.  I’d get bored with change otherwise. I’m Laura and I’m a licensed clinical psychologist.  I am the owner and director of a private practice on the North Shore of Chicago and an addiction treatment and recovery consulting company.  I’ve been working with couples and individuals for nearly two decades and I’m in love with my work.

Still have questions?  Send me a message and I’ll help you find answers.

Qualifications and Awards

I want you to feel confident about the work we’ll do together.  Here’s some information about my background and qualifications.

Education

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Master Degree in Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy from Texas State University

Training

  • Discernment Counseling
  • Gottman Couples Counseling
  • Sex Addiction Counseling (C-SAT-1)
  • APA HIV Office of Psychological Education (HOPE) Trainer

Experience

  • Clinical Experience and Range spanning treatment centers, university counseling, rural mental health, and private practice.
  • Professional Speaker, Author, and Educator – graduate psychology professor, professionally published, and nationwide speaker.
  • Business and Startup Management including all facets from administration, management and financials.
  • Program Development of administrative and clinical programs in both consulting and private practice settings such as clinical training of students, on-site SMART Recovery meetings, and ‘outside-the-box’ methods of delivering services.

Recognition and Awards

  • Illinois Psychological Association Annual Convention  · Chicago, Illinois Award: Best Quantitative Study
  • Argosy University ·  Chicago, Illinois Award: Emerging Scholar Award for Best Clinical Research Project Study: “Addiction Factors within Obesity”
  • American Psychological Association ·  Washington D.C.  Award: APA Convention Travel Award for Early Career Professionals
  • Kentucky Psychological Association ·  Washington D.C.  Award: American Psychological Association State Leadership Conference