Education & Certification
Argosy University - Schaumburg (2010)
National Register Member Since
Pamela Dockstader-Ortiz, PsyD
In my experience I have provided individual, couples, and family therapy while working with adults and children of diverse backgrounds in a variety of treatment settings. I have extensive experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, childhood disorders such as ADHD, oppositional defiance, and impulse control.
I utilize a systemic approach when working with children and their families while providing effective parenting strategies to optimize results. When working with couples I utilize the Gottman method developed to assist couples with improving communication, conflict resolution, and enhancing intimacy with their partner.
Specific areas of clinical practice include grief and loss and trauma-focused counseling related to post traumatic stress. Traumas can result from a wide variety of life events such as loss of a loved one, car accidents, natural disasters, neglect and abuse (physical/sexual/psychological), and/or service related experiences (military and first responders). Trauma can simply result from “life in general.” Trauma often causes depression and anxiety, strained interpersonal relationships, occupational and academic obstacles, and interfere with achieving one’s life goals.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged exposure (PE) are all empirically researched and effective approaches with which to lessen the symptoms felt by trauma survivors. Using eclectic therapy approaches, Dr. Dockstader-Ortiz focuses on collaborating with each individual to assist them in achieving their desired treatment goals. While offering guidance and encouragement clients can learn to make connections between their past trauma, current stressors and triggers, and employ new and more adaptive ways in which to cope.Learn more about me on my website: www.Oasis-Mental-Health.com
Areas of Expertise
- PTSD/Traumatic Response (e.g., combat stress, loss, injury, sexual assault)
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Couples Therapy (e.g., relationship communication difficulty, premarital consultation, divorce mediation)
- Depression and Other Mood Disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, major depression, bereavement)
- Anxiety (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Adults (18-64 yrs.)
- Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
- Children (3-12 yrs.)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and obtained my masters and doctorate degrees at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). I have received the “Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate, through the department of defense, to better serve military veterans and their families. I have been trained in EMDR and am completing my certification with EMDRIA.
Fee Information/Office Policy
Hours by Appointment.
My private pay rate is $140.00 for each hour.
Health Care Plan Participation
I am credentialed with many insurance panels to include:
BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, ComPsych, United Behavioral Health, Medicare, Tricare, and more.