Welcome and Hello, I am Dr. Phyl (Phyllis Watson, MS, PsyD). I am a psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor in Illinois and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, Arizona, and Ohio. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor with over 25 years of experience working with teens, adults, and seniors. I have been a subject matter expert featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and local cable news. I offer psychotherapy and professional supervision services.
Working with diverse populations, my areas of research and clinical specialties are in health, wellness, and medical concerns. I also help guide and support people through life stressors and transitions. I help clients with post-partum depression, grief and loss, women’s issues, multiethnic identity development, and generalized life challenges. I work with persons in recovery from Addictions and Substance Use Disorders. Other areas of interest are in working with student-athlete adjustment, life in balance, and mid-life challenges.
From a strength based approach, my clinical work has allowed me to serve clients in a variety of settings where I embrace solution focused interventions with a humanistic and narrative approach to helping clients learn new skills and coping strategies. Informing my therapeutic approach, I allow clients to tell their story from their lived experience while creating action plans and goals for successfully moving forward. The therapeutic focus is on utilizing personal strengths, understanding perceptions, addressing obstacles, and setting goals for improving life experiences.
My goal is to help clients find their purpose and live with meaning. My clinical practice motto is Love YOUR Journey ~ Live YOUR Life.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
CO LPC LPC.0018030
OH LPCC E.2303621
IL LCPC 180001282
AZ LPC LPC-20988
There are no words to explain how much I appreciate Dr Phyl. She has helped me heal from some major traumas and continues to support my journey. I'm so grateful for her wisdom and encouragement.
Written on May 11, 2023 after therapy with Phyllis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar dis
Dr. Phil is wonderful! I feel heard and understood. Definitely has helped me through my struggles!
Written on Apr 13, 2023 after therapy with Phyllis for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem
Dr. Phyl has been nothing short of amazing. Her approach allowed me to uncover areas of my life that I had never realized impacted me so much. She is willing to just listen if needed but able to provide keen insight into key triggering events and provides you a roadmap to self-discovery. She is an amazing therapist, you won't be disappointed.
Written on Mar 29, 2023 after therapy with Phyllis for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and adhd
She’s an angel!!
Written on Feb 24, 2023 after therapy with Phyllis for 9 months on issues concerning self esteem
Written on Dec 14, 2022 after therapy with Phyllis for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
This was the first therapist I met who actually asked me about my life to seem to try and get a better understanding of the issues aren't dealing with now and I felt like it created a very valuable first time connection
Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Phyllis for 1 month