Our Services The services we offer & how we can help you!

  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Medication Management
  • Forensic Evaluations
  • Fitness For Duty Evaluations
  • Disability Assessments
  • Mindful Balance (Yoga Therapy) See below
  • Individual & Family Therapy
  • Couples/Marital Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Preventive Therapy
  • ADHD Evaluations (Tova)
  • Weight Loss/Gastric Bypass Evaluations
  • Psychological Testing See below
  • Biofeedback See below

Erin Conway

PsyD, CADC, BCB

Psychological Testing

Psychological testing sounds intimidating, but it’s actually designed to help you. Psychological testing is like a medical test. If you, or someone you know, are presenting with symptoms, a medical doctor may order an X-ray or a blood test to help them understand what might be causing those symptoms, and the results of the test help the doctor develop a treatment plan.

Psychological evaluations work in the same way. Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a patient’s behavior to find a conclusion regarding diagnosis or overall functioning, which helps guide treatment.

Psychological testing can be ordered for a myriad of reasons. For example, if a child is having difficulty in school, a counselor or teacher may ask for testing regarding the student’s aptitude or to assess if there are any learning disabilities present. The results of the testing can be used to create an individual education plan that emphasizes the student’s strengths, and to help put a system in place so the student can learn in the more supportive environment possible.

Additionally, if someone is having difficulties at work or in school, or even in personal relationships, tests can help a therapist understand whether their client might have issues with anger management or interpersonal skills, or if certain personality traits are present that might be contributing to the problem. Psychological testing can also be used to evaluate if a person is experiencing emotional disorders, like Anxiety or Depression.

For many people, the cause of their symptoms or problems is not always clear. Psychological testing can help create a better picture of a person’s overall functioning. It’s not meant to be scary, and it’s not something you can study or prepare yourself for to get a better score. Think of it as an opportunity for your provider, whether it’s a psychiatrist or a therapist, to have an opportunity to improve the quality of treatment they are providing for you.

Testing can be useful for assessing

  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Bariatric Assessment
  • Depression
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Memory Deficits
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

To see if psychological testing might benefit you, call Dr. Erin Conway at 815.526.5343.

Erin Conway

PsyD, CADC, BCB

Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing is similar to traditional psychological testing; however, neuropsychological testing is concerned with the relationship between the brain and behavior. Neuropsychologists using testing to characterize behavioral and cognitive changes resulting from central nervous system disease or injury, for example, Parkinson’s Disease. Neuropsychological testing can also focus on adaptation to these behavioral and mental changes as well as other symptoms.

A neuropsychological evaluation is just what it sounds like. It’s an assessment of how a person’s brain functions, which provides information about the structural and functional integrity of the brain. The tests administered are standardized, and interpreted by comparing the individual score to a group of neurotypical individuals, and the expected level of functioning.

Neuropsychological evaluations are useful for assessing for:

  • Aphasia
  • Attention
  • Dementia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Intelligence
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Mood States and Emotions
  • Motivation
  • Perception
  • Sensorimotor Functions
  • Quality of life
  • Personality Styles

To see if Neuropsychological testing might benefit you, call Dr. Erin Conway at 815.526.5343.

Erin Conway

PsyD, CADC, BCB

It’s helpful to understand forensic psychology as a scope of practice before defining it in terms of testing. The American Psychological Association defines Forensic Psychology as the application of clinical psychology to the legal arena. This definition can be applied to any sort of psychological service where the person is involved with the law, from therapy with a recent parolee, to a lawyer who is seeking an assessment for their client. Forensic testing usually aids the legal proceedings in a specific case.

Forensic assessment is useful for:

  • Diagnostic Clarification
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Malingering
  • Memory Assessment
  • Psychopathy

To inquire about Forensic Assessment, please contact Dr. Erin Conway at 815.526.5343.

Erin Conway

PsyD, CADC, BCB

Dr. Conway provides biofeedback and neurofeedback therapy to help individuals who experience psychological and physical symptoms related to a variety of conditions including, Anxiety Spectrum Disorders, Depression Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Brain Injury, Sleep Issues, and Processing Disorders.

What is Biofeedback?

If you have ever taken your temperature or weighed yourself – you’ve engaged in a form of biofeedback. The information about your body provided by the scale or thermometer helped you make a decision to change your situation, in this case, to take medication or to change your diet. Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feedback” information to the client and, with help of Dr. Conway, the client is able to practice skills and learn techniques to help regulate physiological symptoms.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, often referred to as EEG biofeedback or brain wave training, is very similar to other forms of biofeedback; however, Neurofeedback focuses on the central nervous system and the brain. Neurofeedback pairs certain aspects of a client’s neurophysiology, such as brain wave amplitudes, to some form of auditory or visual feedback, usually a movie, game, or white noise, such as a guitar and ocean waves. The feedback allows the brain to monitor and manipulate the underlying EEG activity, which can cause positive changes in a person’s mood and overall functioning. Neurofeedback is most successful when the training is completed twice a week.

Possible Effects and Side Effects

Common effects of biofeedback/neurofeedback treatment include improved self-regulation of arousal level, stress reduction, increased attention and concentration, decreased impulsivity, improved mood, improved sleep, and some relief from mental health symptoms. Occasionally, a patient may experience a temporary increase in a symptom they want to decrease during the treatment. If this is the case, the patient should immediately inform Dr. Conway and she will adjust the treatment approach. Quite often individuals who participate in neurofeedback training will experience a decreased need for medication. Dr. Conway works closely with prescribing physicians to monitor the patient for signs and symptoms related to over medication. Biofeedback/neurofeedback is an individualized process. Many, but not all, patients experience overall mood improvement.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Conway in the Crystal Lake office, please call 815-526-5343.

Dr. Conway is board certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)

Janeen Paul

M.D

Dr. Paul is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and has also completed more advanced studies in mind/body medicine including meditation and yoga techniques. She now offers modern psychiatric care, including psychotherapeutic methods and medications, as well as interventions based on a mind/body approach to wellness.

Each patient starts with a full one hour psychiatric evaluation to determine symptoms or conditions that need to be addressed. At the end of the session, Dr. Paul will discuss treatment options and plan.

Follow-up appointments are fifteen to thirty minutes long, depending on treatment recommendations. Sessions may focus on medication management concerns, talk therapy, breathing or relaxation strategies, or a recommendation for yoga or other mind/body interventions outside of the office.

Please contact the Vernon Hills office to schedule with Dr. Paul by calling 847-918- 8282 and press 0 for staff assistance.

Learn about meditation and other useful ways to manage stress on my website: www.mindfulbalancemd.com

Erin Conway

PsyD, CADC, BCB

Cogmed Working Memory Training

Cogmed is a unique program that focuses on training working memory, which in turn may help a person improve various cognitive processes. It can help a person think quicker, enhance reading and comprehension, improve math skills, have better attention, and helps with the psychological deficits associated with ADHD.

The training is typically done online over a period of five weeks; however, the schedule can be modified to fit the trainee’s lifestyle. Dr. Conway is a certified Cogmed coach who will do weekly or bi-weekly coaching sessions to monitor progress. The wonderful thing about Cogmed is that it can be done in the comfort of your own home, and on your own time! It has helped children, adolescents, and adults improve their attention by training their working memory.

Cogmed is research based and has an excellent track record of increasing cognitive abilities in people who complete the training. In fact, research has shown that 80% of users who complete Cogmed training experience an average of 30% improvement in their working memory skills. Cogmed training is for people who want to improve their ability to concentrate and are constrained by their working memory.

Working Memory is crucial for focusing, shutting out distractions, and for complex thinking. Improved working memory capacity generalizes to improved attention and impulse control, helping you function better at work, at home, or at school!

Some conditions that have been improved using the Cogmed program are:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Brain Injury
  • Decision making and Planning
  • Executive Functioning
  • Math abilities
  • Memory
  • Overall cognitive processing
  • Reading speed

To see if Cogmed is right for you, contact Dr. Erin Conway at 815.526.5343 to set up an initial consult.

  • Expressive Writing Therapy Group
    Poetry group with Jill Pixley, LCSW

    Heal through the power of your own words, writing workshop style.

    We connect and support others to express through creative writing. The group has the guidance of a licensed clinical social worker with a background in expressive therapy. We meet monthly; new members welcome any time!

    Contact Jill Pixley, LCSW for more information 815-526-5341.

    • When: Teen Group-Last Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm; Adult Group-Last Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm.
    • Where: PRA Crystal Lake Office
    • Flyer: Download Poetry Group Flyer
  • iRest® Meditation for Emotional Balance
    with Dr. Janeen Paul

    iRest is an evidence-based meditation practice that releases physical and emotional tension, revealing our natural state of peace. This form of meditation also provides a safe way to process emotions, moving toward a more balanced state of being.

    During this class, Dr. Janeen Paul will explain the steps of iRest, from setting an  intention to exploring emotions. This will be done through personal journaling and meditation, and you will not be expected to share your process with the group. You can expect to sit or lie comfortably as you are guided through the practice.

    iRest is appropriate for everyone, even those with no prior meditation experience.  Please dress in loose clothing to facilitate a relaxed state, and feel free to bring a pillow or extra mat if that will add to your comfort.

    Class size will be limited to 8 people, so please call 847-918-8282 extension 0 to reserve your spot today and find out latest schedule of classes!!

    • When: Call 847-918-8282 ext 0 for schedule.
    • Where: PRA Vernon Hills Office
    • Cost: $25, which includes a CD of Dr. Paul’s guided meditation.
    • Flyer: Download Yoga Flyer
  • The Relaxation Response
    A New Class with Dr. Janeen Paul

    When we experience stress, the body reacts with the fight or flight response in order to cope. But when stress is chronic, the body is unable to resume a natural balance. We can learn how to return to this state using simple techniques such as yoga, breathing and meditation. Join Dr. Janeen Paul for an hour of soothing practices designed to trigger the relaxation response. You will receive handouts and a CD for your continued home practice.

    No previous yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Please dress comfortably to facilitate ease of movement and encourage deep relaxation. 

    Class size will be limited to 8 people. Please call 847-918-8282 ext. 0 to reserve your spot today. 

    *Please note, classes are intended for relaxation purposes, not medical treatment, and are not covered by insurance. You do not have to be a patient with Dr. Paul or PRA to join class, and participation does not imply a treatment relationship.

    • When: Call 847-918-8282 ext 0 for schedule.
    • Where: PRA Vernon Hills Office
    • Cost: $30. Fee will reserve your spot in class, and is non-refundable.
    • Flyer: Download Relaxation Response Flyer
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
    With Dr. Jennifer Lang

    Dr. Lang works with children, adolescents, and adults, conducting individual and group therapy. She believes a strong therapeutic alliance is instrumental in identifying treatment issues, developing goals, and working through the suffering often associated with distress. Dr. Lang utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) in an effort to provide both prompt behavioral change and long- term relief of symptoms.   Most major insurances accepted, if insurance does not cover, fee is $50 per group.  For more information please call 847.598.8244.


    • When: Thursday Nights 7:45pm - 9:00pm
    • Where: Schaumburg Location - 1701 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 1000, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    • Flyer: Download Flyer