Michelle Patricia Sierzega

Michelle Patricia Sierzega

She/Her/Hers

Psychologist, PsyD
Illinois Not Accepting Online
Northbrook Not Accepting In-person
Naperville Waitlist In-person
Updated October 12, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Forensic psychology
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Attachment issues
  • Psychological evaluations & testing
  • Trauma
  • Mood disorders

Professional statement

Dr. Michelle Sierzega is a licensed clinical psychologist with offices in Chicago, Northbrook and Naperville. Her educational background and professional experience result in her strong belief that we are profoundly impacted by not only our inner emotional experience, but factors to which we are exposed in past and present environments as well. Disruptive interactions contribute to development of problematic psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, involvement in toxic relationships, low self-esteem, addictive behaviors, and inhibited progress toward life goals. These painful symptoms damage our ability to cope effectively with life’s stressors. Through therapy, painful symptoms can be reduced or alleviated, personal and professional functioning improved, and feelings of hope restored.

Dr. Sierzega's therapeutic approaches include: psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, internal family systems, and motivational interviewing. Selection of therapeutic tools is collaborative, with thoughtful consideration of client needs and preferences. She enjoys working with clients seeking long-term insight-oriented therapy, as well as clients seeking a more time-limited, here-and-now, solution-focused approach.

Dr. Sierzega graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, having earned a doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology. She also has master’s degrees in sociology and criminology. Combining her knowledge and experience has resulted in an approach that focuses not only on the internal struggles of her clients, but their external/environmental stressors as well. She has found this comprehensive approach increases the likelihood of positive lasting change.

Dr. Sierzega’s areas of expertise include treatment of mood disorders, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions, coping with chronic medical illness, adult ADHD, sexual harassment, and criminal victimization. She has extensive experience working with first responders, conducting pre-employment and psychodiagnostic testing. She welcomes opportunities to consult, present, and provide expert testimony.


Message to clients

Through my work with numerous individuals struggling with emotional pain and existential crises of various origins, individuals diagnosed with mental illness, first responders, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system, I have learned that we all have essentially the same goals -- the identification and creation of a life with which we are content, and the ability to effectively and comfortably experience the full range of our emotions without fear. My goal and purpose is to assist you in progressing toward your goals and to honor your journey. To that end, I strive to provide a safe, supportive, and validating environment that is free from judgment and welcoming to all.


Specialties

Forensic psychology - Understanding and managing triggers and motivations related to criminal activity; evaluation of one’s mental competence, criminal responsibility, competency to stand trial, risk-assessment; testifying as an expert witness

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Psychological evaluations & testing - A broad range of tests and assessments that may be used to identify present strengths, provide diagnosis clarity, and inform treatment goals

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (55min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Northbrook practice
910 Skokie Boulevard, 215, Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon noon - 9pm
  • Tue 11am - 9pm
  • Wed 9am - 1pm
  • Thu 11am - 8pm
  • Fri noon - 7pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Naperville practice
535 South Washington Street, 7, Naperville, Illinois 60540
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Affiliates in Counseling, Clinical Psychologist, 2015 - Present
Wexford/Illinois Department of Corrections, Clinical Psychologist, 2019 - 2021
Kane County Diagnostic Center, Staff Psychologist, 2018 - 2019
Palatine Police Department, Police Officer, 2005 - 2012
Community Mental Health System in Chicago, Mental Health Counselor, 1994 - 1999

Illinois School of Professional Psychology - Schaumburg, Psy.D., 2016
University of Missouri - St. Louis, M.A./A.B.D., 2002
Northern Illinois University, M.A., 2000
Oberlin College, B.A., 1993


Licensure

Illinois: 071.010101


Languages

English