- Human-animal bond
- Social anxiety
- Children & adults (8 years and up)
Dr. Lacey seeks to understand the dynamic and systemic issues that challenge individuals and families. Maintaining awareness of each person’s developmental, cultural, and spiritual strengths, she works collaboratively with clients to build coping skills and to develop practical plans for change. Dr. Lacey appreciates compassion, creativity, and humor while applying empirically validated interventions. She assists people struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal stressors, low self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, academic and peer pressures, and family conflicts. As part of Dr. Lacey’s approach to relationships, she incorporates the human-animal bond. By including companion animals in assessment and therapy in informed and thoughtful ways, both she and the animals help clients to reach their goals. Dr. Lacey believes in taking positive and constructive steps that that promote healing and happiness.
Dr. Lacey earned Bachelors Degrees in both Psychology and Theology from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She draws on interpersonal, systemic, and cognitive behavioral theories. She has sought on-going training in the human-animal bond and continuously reviews and utilizes up-to-date scientific research in this area of expertise.