COLIN ENNIS, PsY.D.
COLIN ENNIS, PSY.d (founder + Practice Manager)
I'm a Licensed Clinical Psychologist working with adults and adolescents since 2005. I'm committed to social justice issues and have presented nationally on the intersection of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and immigrant/child of immigrant status. In my career so far I've overseen the doctoral psychology training program at Illinois Tech’s Health Center and been assistant professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Currently, I'm President-Elect of the Illinois Psychological Association. I’ve also held elected roles on the Boards of Directors of Division 13 (Consulting Psychology) and Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. I've chaired state and national conferences for all three organizations and received awards for leadership from IPA and Division 39. My training fellowships were at The University of Illinois' Counseling Center and Princeton University's Health Services. My Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, and my Bachelor's degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
I'm authorized to provide interjurisdictional telepsychology by PsyPact. I can provide virtual therapy in Illinois, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. View my CV
The longer I practice as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, the more my work has come to focus on empowerment. Sometimes people and systems hold us back, sometimes we hold ourselves back, and far too often we sell ourselves short. Often we know what's good for us, but it just doesn't come as naturally as we'd like. I can help you navigate all this as you work toward becoming the best version of yourself. Everyone’s journey and needs in psychotherapy are different and I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. However, I generally view the goal of psychotherapy as getting relief from your most pressing problems while developing the insights and skills to help you manage long after therapy has ended.
We do this by working together in a nonjudgmental relationship where you can focus productively on your problems. We take the feelings you have and make them our roadmap to getting your needs met and solving the problems that stop you from experiencing confidence and contentment. As we look for solutions, I’ll offer a supportive outside perspective on your problems. Our conversations will involve questions, challenges, and practical advice.
As we go along, I’ll also draw your attention to other things that are important for a healthy mind and life. These include your relationships, important events from your past, the ways you avoid confronting your fears, and your wishes and dreams. It’s my hope that when therapy is done that you've not only solved problems and feel better, but you feel an authentic engagement with others and that your life has meaning and purpose.
AREAS OF SPECIALITY
• LGBTQIA+ concerns
• Intersecting identities (issues related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, gender, etc.)
• Children of narcissists
• Relationship concerns