The clinical psychologists on staff are experts in assessing, conducting psychological and neuropsychological testing and treating mental health problems. We work with you and your medical providers to ensure continuity of care and excellent quality services.
During your initial appointment, you will meet with one of the clinical psychologists on staff in a private confidential setting and will work together to tailor a treatment plan specifically for you that will address your needs and concerns. We are culturally diverse and have experience in addressing a number of concerns related to your emotional and physical health. We are experts in treating various mental health and physical health problems, including:
You may either be self-referred or referred by your primary care or specialty physician. Coverage for mental health services varies from company to company and will need pre-approval, even for PPO plans. The clinical psychologists on staff at Swedish Covenant Hospital are approved providers on many insurance plans. Medicare and Public Aid/Medicaid are accepted. Self-pay options are available through the hospital's Credit Services Department.
Our clinical psychologists on staff are conveniently located on the Swedish Covenant Hospital campus in the Anderson Pavilion.
2751 W Winona Ave. Suite 253 Chicago, IL 60625
For an appointment please call (773) 878-8200. If you have any questions please call our service directly at (773) 878-8200, ext. 5300.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I being referred to a clinical psychologist? Clinical psychologists are involved in the treatment of mental stress that occurs from a combination of factors affecting all people. While many people will be referred to a clinical psychologist for mental health problems, some people will be referred to address the impact of your medical condition on your life. When a clinical psychologist sees you in this capacity, it is considered health psychology and will be seeing a clinical psychologist with extensive education and experience as a health psychologist.
You will be required to see a health psychologist if you are a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator, weight loss surgery or certain types of pharmacological pain treatment. Research has shown that patients experiencing significant depression, anxiety, substance abuse or untreated psychiatric illness may not respond well to these interventions. A clinical psychologist can assess your candidacy and provide appropriate psychological support, treatment and referrals, if needed.
What can a health psychologist help me with? A health psychologist can help you like a clinical psychologist. But, unlike a clinical psychologist who focuses on mental health issues, health psychologists focus on how medical conditions can interfere and impact your life. We are experts in dealing with:
Does my doctor think the pain is "all in my head"? Not at all, many physicians rely on members of a multidiscplinary team to complement the medical care they provide. Physicians recognize that chronic pain and other medical illnesses such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and morbid obesity, among others, take a significant toll on one's body and can have an emotional impact.
In addition to your medical treatments, a health psychologist can help you identify triggers for pain, develop strategies for changing difficult behaviors and adjust thinking that may contribute to feelings of depression or anxiety.
Wouldn't you be depressed or anxious if you were experiencing a significant medical illness? Symptoms of depression, anxiety and difficulty with adjustment may surface at the time of diagnosis, during medical treatment, as a response to treatment and possible side effects, or when addressing the possibility of palliative care. The emotions you feel may be very "normal" considering the circumstances; however, that does not mean that you could not benefit from psychological services.
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