Psychologists

 

  • Kristi Stockman-Balc, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Kristi joined Alliance in 2000. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. She specializes in working with children and adolescents 2-18 in individual and family therapy, as well as parenting interventions.  Kristi also enjoys working with adults in goal-oriented individual therapy. Kristi’s treatment approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy as well as developmental and family systems theories. She has significant experience treating folks with anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and other behavior disorders. She also has much experience working with families around problems related to divorce or separation.

     

    Kristi’s training experiences have been broad. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota and received her doctorate from DePaul University in clinical-community psychology. Kristi’s early training was in the DePaul Community Mental Health Center with an emphasis on play therapy with children and family therapy. During her doctoral internship training in Wichita, Kansas, she was trained in forensic evaluations, sex offender treatment, and adult inpatient treatment of severe and persistent mental illness. She received specialty training as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Preschool Behavior Problems Clinic. Kristi also worked extensively in the DCFS system with pregnant and parenting teen moms and has published articles in this area.

     

    “I am thankful for the interesting, and at times a bit unusual, path God has provided in my training and work as a clinical psychologist. I feel it has given me eyes to see problems in a broader context and to be very flexible and creative in the ways I work with folks.”

     

    Kristi can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 515.

  • Ward Davis, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Ward joined Alliance in February 2013. He enjoys working with adults, teenagers, and children, and he provides comprehensive psychological/psychoeducational assessment services. Specifically, Ward provides personality, cognitive, and career assessment services. In the context of assessment, he works with people seeking services for a variety of reasons, including emotional, behavioral, relational, or spiritual difficulties.

     

    Ward is passionate about journeying with people toward health and wholeness, and he particularly specializes in promoting emotional awareness and regulation, relationship skills and health, and spiritual health and well-being. Working from a Therapeutic Assessment framework (www.therapeuticassessment.com), he approaches assessment as a collaborative helping relationship, characterized by respect, humility, compassion, openness, and curiosity. From this framework, Ward endeavors to cultivate a safe, warm, and empowering therapeutic-assessment relationship in which people can gain new insights, explore solutions to their recurring life problems, build new skills for navigating life more effectively, and generally make positive changes in their life and in themselves.

     

    In addition to being a psychological assessor, Ward is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Wheaton College. As an educator and researcher, his scholarly interests include psychological assessment, close relationships, and the psychology of religion and spirituality—particularly how people view and relate to God. He has written several scholarly articles and book chapters on these topics.

     

    Ward earned his Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree at Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA). He completed his predoctoral psychology internship at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium / Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA) and his postdoctoral fellowship at the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University (La Mirada, CA). He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA’s Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36), and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).

     

    On a more personal note, Ward enjoys spending time with his wife Meghan and their son, as well as with other family and friends.  He also enjoys backpacking, camping, sailing, reading, singing, and playing the piano.

     

    Ward can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 505.

  • Wanda Grant-Knight, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Wanda Grant-Knight has been a clinical psychologist since 1993. She received her Ph.D. from Penn State University and completed post-graduate fellowships in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey and clinical research at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

     

    Prior to joining Alliance, Dr. Grant-Knight taught at Boston University, and coordinated trauma services and several clinical research projects at the Boston Medical Center. Her past research has examined the impact of trauma and medical illness on psychological health. Most recently, Dr. Grant-Knight worked as a psychologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where her focus was on children and adults who suffered major medical and physical trauma.

     

    Throughout her career, Dr. Grant-Knight has worked clinically with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric populations doing therapy and extensive psychological testing. Her particular areas of interest are trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, pain management and biofeedback, grief recovery, acculturation issues, adjustment to illness and physical disability, and neuropsychological evaluation. She has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma.

     

    "I often describe my work as walking into a dark tunnel where a person may be stuck, taking their hand, and helping them to walk toward the light that leads the way out. In life, we sometimes feel that we are lost and unable to find our way out of a difficult time or that we are overwhelmed by the process involved in trying to get where we want to be. What we need is a hand to help guide us in the process of finding our way back. I consider myself an instrument in that process."

     

    Dr. Grant-Knight is married with a daughter.  She enjoys traveling, socializing with family and friends, and engaging in physical activities such as swimming, jogging, weight training, tennis, and golf.

     

    Wanda can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 320.

  • Greg Lewis, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Greg has been a clinical psychologist since 1987 and joined Alliance in 1994 after having worked at Cassens & Associates since 1987. His practice includes assessment and therapy with adolescents and adults as well as with couples and families. He is a Medicare provider and also provides assessment and treatment for older adults. Greg specializes in doing family-of-origin work and treats a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, conduct disorders, physical and sexual abuse, and personality disorders. His clinical interests include trauma, chronic medical illness, couples who are highly conflicted, life transition issues, and individuals experiencing spiritual struggles.

     

    "In my work with clients, I try to create a safe place in which they feel listened to and can explore their current life difficulties. I help them to look at their problems in the context of their own personal history and family-of-origin, with the goal of helping them to have a better understanding of themselves and to make the changes necessary to move forward with their lives."

     

    Greg was a staff psychologist at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for 26 years where he directed the mental health services for the Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic and coordinated the child and adolescent inpatient and emergency room consultation-liaison service. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed his internship and a health psychology fellowship at Cook County Hospital. Greg provides consultation to schools, holds workshops for medical residents, and provides forensic psychological evaluations for immigrants and refugees who are seeking asylum. He does evaluations and staff trainings on trauma for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago and for the Physicians For Human Rights.

     

    Greg is married and has one child. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and running. He is an avid sports fan and is actively involved in the life of his church community where he is an elder.

     

    Greg can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 500.

  • Barrett McRay, Psy.D.,Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director

    Barrett joined Alliance in 1998 from a background in ministry with adolescents and families. His practice focuses on individual therapy with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. He treats a broad range of struggles including problems of anxiety and depression, personality disorders, problems of sexual identity, relationship and family conflict, and spiritual struggles related to mental health.

     

    "It is often in the places of our deepest pain that we experience the greatest intimacy in community and come to understand and commit to the values which sustain us throughout life. I am continually thankful for the opportunity to walk through some of these experiences with the people I am blessed to meet in my work, and I am humbled by their courage as they face the difficult trials of life."

     

    Barrett is associate professor and Chair of the Christian Formation and Ministry Department at the graduate school of Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in counseling ministry, youth ministry, and pastoral care. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in New Testament studies. He is a co-author of Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal – a book which explores problems of mental health from a Christian perspective.

     

    Barrett loves to spend time with his family, and he is very active in the life of his church community. His personal hobbies include sports, outdoor activities, and wood-working.

     

    Barrett be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 300.

  • Denise A. Olson, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Denise joined Alliance in August, 2009. She enjoys working within a wide range of contexts, including individual therapy with children, adolescents, emerging adults and adults, as well as family therapy. Denise is also able to provide comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational testing services for children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of special clinical interest include children with emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety issues, bipolar disorder, and life adjustment issues, including grief and loss. She specializes in working with the parents of children with behavioral and emotional needs. Denise is passionate about working with issues of self-identity, self-confidence, and relationship issues. In addition, Denise values the importance of working with issues of faith and spirituality when these issues naturally emerge within the context of therapy.

     

    "My goal as a therapist is to help my clients move toward health and wholeness. Life's challenges sometimes cause us to lose hope. I stress the concept of hope, and believe new strategies can be learned in order to change and grow. I believe the best outcomes in therapy are often determined by the quality of the connection between therapist and client. Therefore, my role is to create a safe, authentic, confidential space where clients can feel safe to look at the obstacles confronting them and feel empowered and supported as they move toward greater health and wholeness. I consider it a profound gift to work with individuals and families within these spaces."

     

    Denise received her master's degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. She completed her clinical psychology residency at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This experience allowed her opportunity to provide psychological testing services in both an outpatient setting and on an acute care inpatient unit for children and adolescents.

     

    Denise's previous work as an elementary school teacher and principal has given her a solid foundation for working with children and their families, as well as collaborating and consulting with schools. Her scholarly interests include child/adolescent issues, support for families with special needs children, emerging adulthood issues, faith integration and church collaboration.

     

    Denise can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 201.

  • Connie Valentini, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Dr. Connie Valentini received her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She completed her clinical residency at Forest Psychiatric Hospital, working with patients hospitalized for severe disorders of mood, anxiety, and substance abuse. She has been part of the Alliance team since 2001.

     

    Connie regularly works with adolescents and adults who experience anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, unresolved grief, substance abuse, and relational challenges that can emerge as a result of divorce and/or blending of families.  Connie believes that the key to a successful therapy experience lies in building a trusting, collaborative relationship with her patients.  She seeks to understand how one’s personal history may be impacting current difficulties, actively crafting therapeutic experiences to aid in learning new skills and shifting outdated implicit beliefs and emotional patterns.

     

    In recent years, Connie has become a certified practitioner in Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT), a process that is especially effective in eliminating the negative emotional effects of traumatic experiences, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, and unresolved grief.  RRT is a cognitive-experiential process that integrates both the rational and emotional systems of the brain, providing both relief of symptoms and disabling problems at their core.  More information regarding RRT is available at www.rapidresolutiontherapy.com.

     

    "Therapy provides a unique opportunity away from the everyday tasks of life so that you can pursue healing for emotional and relational difficulties.  My hope is for each person to experience the kind of therapeutic transformation that opens up real possibilities for a meaningful and contented life.  Seeking therapy is a worthy endeavor, and I feel both blessed and humbled in my role as a therapist for those who are seeking such healing and change."

     

    Connie was born and raised in the city of Chicago, and now currently resides in the western suburbs.  She is married and keeps busy raising her three children, two of whom are twins. She enjoys cooking, outdoor exercise, and relaxing with a good book.

     

    Connie can be reached at (630) 653-2300 ext. 502.

  • Vitaliy Voytenko, PsyD., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    A native of Ukraine, Vitaliy has lived most of his adult life in the United States. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Wheaton College and predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School in 2005. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in university mental health at Boston College. In addition, Dr. Voytenko holds a master’s degree in general theology and has several years’ experience in pastoral care. Prior to moving back to the Chicagoland in 2016, he worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he led the development of a depression center-of-excellence and taught and supervised psychology interns and psychiatry residents. In addition to his practice at Alliance, Dr. Voytenko teaches in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at Wheaton College, where he is Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine.

     

    Dr. Voytenko’s area of clinical expertise is difficult-to-treat depression. He utilizes a depth-oriented approach to therapy that is often required to effectively address long-standing, unrelenting obstacles to recovery. These obstacles may include personality disorders, unresolved childhood traumas, addictions, spiritual struggles, and chronic intimate relationship problems. Vitaliy enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples in helping them pursue physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual wholeness.

     

    In his work with individual clients, Dr. Voytenko primarily uses relational psychodynamic psychotherapy—an effective contemporary therapeutic approach rooted in the psychoanalytic tradition. The term psychodynamic reflects an appreciation for the complexity of the human mind and the fact that there are “dynamics” outside our immediate awareness that impact our feelings and behaviors. The word relational in this context highlights the critical importance of an authentic client-therapist relationship in the process of healing. This type of psychotherapy cannot be done through treatment manuals, self-help books, or computerized video-therapy. It is both a science and an art and requires extensive training and supervised experience for the therapist. From the client’s standpoint, psychodynamic therapy usually requires a more substantial time commitment than the short-term, manualized treatments favored by managed care companies. In return, it typically provides a more complete and lasting cure by increasing the client’s internal capacity to deal with stressors in the future. For more detailed overview of psychodynamic therapy and its effectiveness, please follow this link.

     

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Voytenko, please call 630.653.2300 ext. 553

 

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