Dr. Ryan Patera is a Post-doctoral fellow with Edgewood Clinical Services. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from the American School of Professional Psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dr. Patera specializes in treating anxiety, grief/loss and mood disorders, but has gained a broad range of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families struggling with a wide range of problems some of which include: grief/loss, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, bullying, peer difficulties, school issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and familial conflict. He has experience in providing individual, family and couples therapy with clients from all walks of life.
Dr. Patera believes that all individuals have a determination to be healthy and believes one of the most important agents of change in therapy is a strong therapeutic alliance. He sees therapy as a collaborative process in which the client and therapist work together to make sense of the client’s experience and develop more adaptive ways of coping for the distress they are experiencing. Dr. Patera has received training in numerous theoretical orientations including: Psychodynamic, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy. He strives to work with the client to find the best fit that will allow them to achieve their desired goals and will, when necessary, integrate interventions from the various orientations.
Dr. Patera’s psychological testing experience includes providing full evaluations (cognitive, achievement, adaptive and social-emotional functioning) to children and adolescents looking for recommendations on how to best function in their current environment by utilizing their strengths and improving upon their weaknesses.