Interns

Denise Williams, Intern

Denise is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology focusing on PTSD, trauma, grief and post-traumatic growth, with emphasis on military, veteran, and first responder communities. Denise has more than 10 years of experience working with these communities in various roles. Denise received her BA in Clinical Psychology from Lewis University and is completing her Master’s internship in Clinical Psychology at Governors State University.

The experience of trauma is not the definition of the person and therapy can help define what can come next. This is post-traumatic growth. Trauma and grief are a part of life and Denise works toward providing an empathetic, supportive and strength-based environment in which people, particularly those who took an oath to place service over self, can learn to thrive. She believes we are in control of our memories rather than our histories controlling who we are, and more importantly, who we can become.

Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” – Peter A. Levine, PhD

Contact: denise@thecognitiveclinic.com

Denise is available Tuesdays and Fridays, in person or virtually.

Lindsey Jones, Masters Level Intern

Lindsey Jones received her B.A. in International Studies from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Governors State University.  She spent several years doing business and administrative work for a small company before deciding to pursue her master’s degree, and presently works as a homeschool tutor for elementary and middle school students.  Lindsey has a passion for cultural diversity and believes a strong therapeutic relationship is built on trust, empathy, and a respect for the uniqueness of the human experience.

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Contact: lindseyjones@thecognitiveclinic.com

Lindsey is available Wednesdays and Thursdays, in person and virtually.

Ashley Knight, Intern

Ashley Knight received her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. She holds a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University – Chicago and is currently working towards her master’s degree from Adler University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has an interest in working with individuals, couples, and families.

“And here you are living despite it all” – Rupi Kaur

Contact: ashley@thecognitiveclinic.com

Ashley is available Wednesdays and Fridays, in person and virtually.

Tiffany Dean, Intern

Tiffany Dean received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Governors State University. She is currently a graduate student in Social Work. She has over 14 years of healthcare experience from bedside care to case management. She is a  woman of optimism, faith, and kindness. She wants to be a voice to adolescents and young adults to promote resiliency, awareness, and strategies in coping with trauma. As a  future social work practitioner, she wants to work with people from all different cultural backgrounds. The focus should be on assessing, identifying, and evaluating the whole person. She wants to build on a person’s strengths and work on their weaknesses. She is an advocate for empowerment, perseverance, and promoting a sense of belonging and resilience. Social work is about serving individuals and meeting their needs. It is centered around human relationships. As she continues to advance in her studies, she recognizes the importance of cultural competence and sharpening her skills.

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is power to it.  -Marianne Williamson

Contact: tiffany@thecognitiveclinic.com

Tiffany is available for clients on Mondays and Fridays, both in person and virtually.

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