Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry, PsyD, Psychologist in Elgin
I work from a collaborative and respectful place to help clients explore what is and isn't working in their lives. My approach tends to be quite pragmatic, interactive, and client-directed. Most importantly, I strive to always treat clients with dignity, respect, and compassion as I work to help them create for themselves the kind of meaningful life they desire.
I am a licensed psychologist. At the heart of my practice is compassion. I tend to be active in therapy and provide structure in sessions to help people learn new and more effective ways of responding to troubling emotions and thoughts that can serve as barriers to fuller, richer lives.
Dr. Gara works along side with a team of dedicated specialists, including a psychiatrist, an advanced pediatric nurse practitioner and other clinicians. At the Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry, we strive to create an individualized approach that is comprehensive, and effective.
Call or Email Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry for a free phone consultation now - (847) 737-8865


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • License No. and State: 071-006833 Illinois


  • Avg Cost (per session): $100 - $170
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Out of Network
  • ValueOptions
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression


  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016
Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry, PsyD, Psychologist in Elgin

Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry

Psychologist, PsyD