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    About Pamela Dockstader Ortiz

    “Making that first appointment, and asking for help, truly takes courage and is the first step to new beginnings.” I believe that providing a safe and supportive space, combined with therapeutic collaboration, facilitates change.

    I utilize an eclectic approach and believe in using evidence based treatments, tailored for each unique individual, their specific needs, and desired goals. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families who are ready and motivated toward change, however, just aren’t sure how to get there. Once given the proper tools and skills, options appear and the ability to choose a better path presents itself.

    I specialize in trauma-focused counseling. Traumas, big or small, often cause depression, anxiety, strained relationships, occupational and academic obstacles, which can interfere with achieving life goals. With guidance and support clients learn to make connections between past traumas, current stressors and triggers to employ new and more adaptive ways to cope.

    I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), IFS (internal family systems) and somatic psychotherapy techniques. These modalities have been effective in lessening the symptoms felt by trauma survivors. I also incorporate DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) strategies to enhance a client’s “tool box” of coping strategies.

    I have received the, “Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate,” to better serve military veterans and families and enjoy working with first responders. I have extensive experience in treating traumas due to grief and loss, natural disasters, abuse (physical/emotional/sexual) and various other misfortunes related to every day life.

    My Education & Experience

    I have been a licensed clinical psychologist, in private practice, for the past 11 Years. Prior to my years in private practice, some of my experiences include community mental health, inner-city psychiatric hospital, residential group homes for adolescents, and the Department of Children and Family Services.


    Illinois School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, MA

    University of Wisconsin, Platteville, BS Psychology/Human Services


    • National Register of Health Service Psychologists
    • Psychology Today
    • American Psychological Association
    • EMDR International Association

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