Monika Gutkowska, Psy.D.

Monika Gutkowska, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, QPR Program Coordinator, & Group Program Co-Coordinator

Staff Psychologist, QPR Program Coordinator, & Group Program Co-Coordinator

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Special Interests

International students, cultural adjustment, multicultural themes, immigration, first generation and low income students, grief/loss, sexual assault , trauma, identity/personal development, mindfulness, gender and sexual identity, Adult Children of Alcoholics. Fluent in Polish.

Bio

  • B.A. Psychology/French, Dominican University
  • M.A. and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Internship: Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI

Background

My clinical interests include group therapy, anxiety, working with international students and immigrants, adjustment, grief/loss, trauma, identity development, relational concerns, gender and sexual identity, family of origin issues, and working with socially marginalized students . I integrate psychodynamic, feminist, and relational cultural theories in my treatment approach. I also incorporate mindfulness based interventions in my work (including ACT and DBT). I believe in uniqueness of each client and I tailor my interventions to clients’ needs and where they are in the change process. I see meaningful, genuine, authentic connections (starting with unconditional positive regard in therapeutic encounters) as an essential part of the healing process.

I consider privilege to be part of professional and personal growth of our trainees. I approach supervision from the developmental framework. My supervision philosophy is centered on creating an open, collaborative, and supportive space for my supervisee to learn, reflect, grow, be challenged, explore, and take risks. My hope is to guide trainees to find their own clinical voice, celebrate their strengths, build on their skills and insights, and reflect on any aspect of the relationship with their clients. I very much value openness, genuineness, respect, and safety I hope we can build in supervisory relationship. I view an important aspect of supervision is to develop a deeper understanding how one’s assumptions, experience, culture, and multiple social identities impact our work with clients. I also have a passion for group work and I enjoy helping trainees to develop their unique voice as a group therapist.

Originally from Poland, I made my way to Chicago as a teenager. Outside of work, I can be seen biking, hiking, dancing, traveling, or checking out a new play in town. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family (especially sharing delicious meals together).