Psychologist in Mchenry, IL

Desiree Hawley, PsyD

Desiree Hawley, PsyD photo
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Portrait Health Centers
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Specialties: Eating Disorders, Body Image, Self-esteem, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders, Self-injury, Relationship issues, Family conflict, Life transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Academic Underachievement, Sexual Addiction, LGBTQ Concerns, Gender Identity concerns, women’s issues, and psychological assessment

I believe my clients are the expert of themselves and my primary goal as a therapist is for them to feel understood, supported, accepted, and heard. Each client is unique and I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches based on individual needs and personality style. I view problems and struggles through an Emotion Focused lens. Specifically, I believe that problems arise when we struggle to manage difficult or uncomfortable emotions, leading to use of maladaptive behaviors. I enjoy teaching others how to understand themselves emotionally and how to cope in ways that are most consistent with how they would like to see themselves. Additionally, I incorporate Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques into my therapy.

Dr. Hawley is a Licensed Psychologist. She received her Master of Arts (MA) and Doctoral Degree (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Schaumburg where she studied Clinical Psychology. She is most passionate about her work with eating disorders and studied Coping Processes and Perceived Stress in Males with Eating Disorders while at Argosy. Dr. Hawley completed her Predoctoral Internship at Northern Illinois University-Counseling and Student Development Center where she specialized in eating disorders. She has six years of experience treating eating disorders at a residential level of care. Dr. Hawley is also passionate about treating anxiety, depression, self-injury, and working with life transitions. She completed her postdoctoral training at Rosalind Franklin University Health System where she provided therapy and psychological testing to medical students
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Hypnotherapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Learning Disabilities
 Adolescents  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Adoption  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Marriage Counseling
 Asperger's Syndrome  Men's Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing
 Bicultural Difficulties  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pet Therapy
 Children's Counseling  Play Therapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Premarital Counseling
 Couples Therapy  Problem Gambling
 Depression  Psychoanalysis
 Divorce  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Domestic Violence  Psychopharmacology
 Eating Disorders  Relationship Issues
 Educational Therapy  Religious Counseling
 EMDR Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Family Conflict  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Sexual Dysfunction
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Stress Management
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Group Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Herpes and STD Counseling
 Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
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1689 Curran Rd., Suite 202
MchenryIL 60050
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