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Psychology Practice in Orland Park, IL

Consistent with our vision, the professional staff of Newsome & Associates Ltd reflects our commitment to diversity of specialization, areas of interest and therapy styles. Our staff psychologists and counselors regularly attend seminars and conferences to further their professional development and keep them abreast of advances in their field.
Carolyn Guerra Burns, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and an Illinois Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Burns has been in practice with Newsome and Associates, Ltd. since 2002 and has been the Clinical Director since 2005. Her area of specialization is the treatment of adults afflicted by a wide-range of psychiatric diagnoses, most notable PTSD, Impulse-Control Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders and Psychotic Disorders. Dr. Burns also has specific training in interpersonal psychology, dealing with relationship issues affecting couples and families. Dr. Burns utilizes an eclectic treatment modality, i.e. Interpersonal, Self-Psychology, ... Read more
Specific areas of interest include
the holistic approach of Mind, Body and Spirit, depression, the spectrum of anxiety disorders and impulse control disorders. Dr. Burns also specializes in family and couple interpersonal relationships, assisting them in the development of effective listening and communication skills. Dr. Burns has extensive experience in working with couples adjusting to life stage developmental issues such as empty nest syndrome, thriving in retirement and the preservation of the elderly. Dr. Burns is currently pursuing specialization training in health psychology as it relates to stress induced disease and the immune system.
Ann M. LaFrance, Psy.D. HSPP is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. LaFrance comes to us from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA where she trained in the practitioner-scholar model. In addition to her PsyD, she holds a BS in Education from the University of MI, Ann Arbor and two Master's Degrees (Guidance and Counseling, and Psychology). A disabled American veteran, Dr. LaFrance is a member of the Star Behavioral Health Registry of Indiana. This cadre of trauma specialists was formed as a joint venture between the ... Read more
Specific areas of interest and practice include
(1) existential/spiritual and end-of-life issues and

(2) teen and adult trauma survivors: sexual assault, domestic violence and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Originally trained in the Humanistic/Rogerian model of psychotherapy, Dr. LaFrance now practices primarily from an interpersonal perspective, applying the best research-based practicees in modern psychology to her clients' presenting issues. Dr. LaFrance is also a trained EMDR practitioner.

Natalie Graves, LCSW, CADC is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is also a Certified School Social Worker. Natalie received her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Natalie has worked clinically with special and regular education students in the academic setting. Specifically, Natalie has helped students, faculty and parents to address issues of child abuse, cyber bullying, and behavioral and emotional disorders. Natalie has extensive experience with developing and implementing IEP’s and 504 plans. In addition, she is experienced with ... Read more
Specific areas of interest and practice include
working with student athletes addressing academic, social, behavioral, and mental health concerns related to sports performance and the pressure to excel and win, as well as maintaining a balance between the expectations of being a student and an athlete. Natalie has specific training from the University of Maryland in London, England focusing on the needs of athletes. She has addressed stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, decision making skills, substance abuse, behavioral/emotional effects from concussions and other concerns athletes have. Natalie has extensive experience with ... Read more
Katie B. Dimperio, M.A. is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been a staff therapist at Newsome & Associates, Ltd. since 2002. Katie’s primary area of expertise is Marital and Couples Therapy. She has extensive experience with couples of diverse age groups and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Prior to joining Newsome & Associates, Ltd., Katie served as the Director of Support Services for Resolve of Illinois, specializing in infertility, education, advocacy and support for women and couples. She also served as a member of the Mediation Task Force for the Village of Orland Park and the Orland Park Police Department.
Specific areas of interest include
working with couples facing issues of trust, infidelity or abuse in the relationship; assisting couples who have grown apart to rebuild and heal their relationship through improving communication skills, developing new ways of interacting and learning effective conflict resolution techniques. Although the goal of couples’ counseling is to repair a broken relationship, Katie also works with divorcing couples seeking to minimize negativity for the sake of their children. Katie is well versed in the holistic approach of Mind, Body and Spirit as it relates to the immune ... Read more
Susan Ryan-Michalak, M.A. is an Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2008. Susan has a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a Special Education Teacher/Highly Qualified-LBS1 with 13 years of experience working with children and adolescents addressing a wide array of needs. As a Marriage and Family Counselor, Susan has provided counseling services at the Governor’s State Counseling Lab and Bremen Youth and Family Services. Her combined experience in education and professional counseling make her well-versed ... Read more
Specific areas of interest and practice include
autism spectrum disorders, academic and emotional struggles, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, behavior and conduct disorders, as well as identified learning disabilities, substance abuse and gender identity issues. Susan is a Rainbow Facilitator, helping children of divorce learn to cope with the divorce and the change it brings. As a Marriage and Family counselor, Susan works with couples, including LGBT couples, addressing issues of infidelity and trust, and developing improved communication skills and conflict resolution strategies. Susan’s experience ... Read more