Michael Gillen Ph.D., Psychologist in Vernon Hills, Illinois, 60061

Michael Gillen


Michael Gillen


Professions: Counselor, Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: PhD
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • ValueOptions
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175 E Hawthorn Parkway
Suite 235
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061

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My Approach to Helping

I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in research psychology from Villanova University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University. I provide mental health services at Portrait Health Centers in Vernon Hills, Illinois. I am also employed as a full-time psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have provided mental health care in a variety of therapeutic settings including large medical centers, campus clinics, community mental health clinics, human service agencies, rehab centers, county probation departments, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization programs, and long-term care facilities. .

More Info About My Practice

I help people to address the emotional and behavioral issues that brought them to therapy. In our sessions together I will help you understand your challenges and develop effective strategies to resolve them. My therapeutic approach is person-centered and emphasizes the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I also utilize a range of cutting-edge acceptance-based treatment modalities and provide individualized care for each client so they can experience the best possible outcomes.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Specialties: Adult, Individual, Anxiety/Fears, Depression, Mood Disorders, Trauma/Abuse/PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Issues, Emotional and Behavioral Issues, Mindfulness, Self-Esteem, Coping Skills, Emotion Dysregulation, Body Image, Avoidance, Loss/Grief, Issues of Sexuality, Interpersonal Difficulties, Anger Management, Stress Management, Impulse Control, Life Transitions, Issues of Meaning/Values, Seniors Issues, Veterans Issues

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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