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Elizabeth Michael, Ph.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Elizabeth Michael earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  She completed her residency at the University of Chicago and Northwestern’s Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  She continued her postdoctoral training with leading experts in the field of Neuropsychology and anxiety disorders at the Neurobehavioral & Rehabilitation Network and the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago.  Dr. Michael has served as an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and Elgin Community College.


Kind, warm, and supportive, Dr. Michael approaches clients with compassion and understanding.  As a therapist/coach, she teaches clients how to cope with their worries, fears, and stress so that they can better manage their symptoms and feel secure.  Her goal is to motivate clients to make changes and learn new skills in order to handle and face any future occurrences with confidence and courage.


Sports Minded

Dr. Michael recognizes the value of overall health, physical exercise, nutrition and sleep in maintaining mental health. Growing up, Dr. Michael was very involved and dedicated in competitive sports. Her swimming career started at the age of six and after many years, she was competing at the highest level, placing in state and competing in the Junior Olympics.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois, Dr. Michael performed, choreographed and competed on the Illinette dance team, an elite dance troupe, winning second place two years in a row at the prestigious NCAA competition featured on ESPN.

Dr. Michael is an avid sports enthusiast with a Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and enjoys tennis, snow skiing, and scuba diving with her family.  For the past 10 years, her focus has been competing in triathlons. As an endurance athlete, she has balanced her time with training, family life, motherhood, and a career. She has competed in numerous triathlon races from shorter distances (placing at the top of her age group and qualifying for national championships) to a full Ironman (2.5 mile open water swim, 112 bike, 26.2 run) and serves as a guide for visually impaired paratriathletes. 


Dr. Michael has mastered the psychological aspects of competing and understands the pressures and emotional skills needed to be an athlete and competitor.  Because of this, she brings a strong skill base and experience to her clients and athletes, creating a psychological edge in their training to help them overcome obstacles and achieve the highest goals.

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