I earned my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. During my clinical training, I had the privilege of working with children, adults and families coping with a variety of concerns including: trauma, depression, anxiety, mood instability, grief and loss, family and interpersonal conflict, substance use, AD/HD, and behavioral difficulties.

My clinical interests include trauma, attachment, anxiety, mood instability, behavioral difficulties, AD/HD, and a variety of family and marital challenges.

Specifically, I have developed an affinity for working with children and adolescents in learning skills to manage behavioral issues, anxiety, AD/HD, and trauma. When working with children and their primary caregiver, I utilize attachment based interventions to address any emotional regulation and relationship concerns. I have also become deeply involved over the past twenty-four years with the unique challenges police officers and their families face. Personally, as a police spouse, I have evolved an understanding of the many complexities service in law enforcement presents. Professionally, I have developed programs and presentations focused on law enforcement trauma, both that of the officer and the police family; focusing on the unique aspects of coping with the transition between work-life and family-life. Presentations I have authored have been accepted at national conferences and programs directed to police families and their well-being.

I value an integrative approach, drawing from multiple theoretical disciplines including client-centered, to provide my clients with a safe, non-judgmental and supporting environment. I also use cognitive behavioral therapy interventions and mindfulness techniques to help my clients learn skills to understand and manage their presenting symptoms.

I am passionate about leveraging empathy, mindfulness, and a collaborative approach to help clients gain a deeper understanding of their core beliefs, obstacles, and goals to cultivate positive change.

Feel free to call me at (630) 803-3524 or email me at nan.tavolacci@gmail.com, if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!