Alyson ByrneTreatment Specialties and Clinical Interests: I work with children, adolescents, and their families, as well as with adults throughout the lifespan. My experience with youths has taken place in a variety of settings, including their home and school environment where helping them navigate the challenges encountered in those settings has been central to our work. Among the young people I have treated are children and teens with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as those on the Autism Spectrum or with a history of developmental delays, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), difficulties with peer relationships, bullying,  anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues. My interests also include working with preschool-aged children, conducting infant and toddler developmental evaluations within a multidisciplinary setting alongside speech and language pathologists and developmental specialist.
 
I am convinced that no matter what stage of life someone is in, there is always a space for hope and the opportunity for lasting change and self-understanding of the unique challenges one faces. My goal is to help each client understand and overcome these unique challenges in everyday life. The ability to walk through our office door and acknowledge that there is a problem is already an encouraging sign that a forthcoming and curious person is seeking out therapy with me; I am passionate about being available to help anyone who is willing to open up and work towards achieving their goals. 
 
Clinical Approach: I believe the family can be defined by the sum of its parts and that when there is an “identified patient” (a specific family member coming in for help), the entire family may want to explore and navigate constructive ways to support, communicate, and problem-solve together as a unit. In my role, I can be helpful in simplifying things and orchestrating or facilitating the process needed to break through the barriers confounding these complex situations. Children may not always have the developmental capacity to verbally express themselves when they are feeling different emotions such as frustration, insecurity, anger, sadness, fear, etc., and the result of this underdeveloped communication area usually emerges behaviorally. Understanding the cause of these unwanted behaviors is very important in planning the treatment. One approach I use with children involves tactile and play-based activities, accompanied by psychoeducation and new strategies for parents to explore.  With teens and adults, the dynamics of treatment involves more verbal communication as well as established trust and comfort with the therapist.  

I firmly believe the therapeutic relationship between the clinician and client is a vital aspect of therapy being successful. No matter their phase of life, I strive to spend quality time with each client in a relaxed, comfortable setting, building a solid rapport and establishing the valuable bond needed to achieve meaningful progress. 
 
Education: I’ve earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Adolescent Emphasis and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University in Chicago. Beyond that, my clinical training has taken place in multiple school settings that have included: public schools; therapeutic day schools; and independent/private schools. Conducting individual therapy, group therapy, and working with parents has proved invaluable to my understanding of the dynamics involved in student/parent/teacher relationships within these academic systems. Working within a public school system has provided me with a deeper understanding of Individualized Education Plans (IEP), 504 Plans, and in implementing special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

I have extensive experience conducting psychological, academic, and neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents with various issues within multiple neuropsychological outpatient settings. 


Personal Interests: I love the city of Chicago and all it has to offer. I thoroughly enjoy being outside along the lake as much as possible, whether that be by running or biking. Spending time exploring the city with friends, trying different restaurants, and going to different concerts, musicals, and plays that make their way through Chicago are some of the many ways I fill in my free time. I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends for self-care and relaxation.

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Adult
Individual
Child and Family
Adolescent