Dr. Fisher’s work over the last twenty-five years has taken her across a variety of venues. She is an experienced individual psychotherapist, group leader, public speaker, workshop leader and community activist. She works in full-time private practice in Chicago, IL. She has developed a particular focus on working with creatives, high-performers, senior-level executives and philanthropists. Her practice includes intensive psychotherapy as well as coaching and personal leadership development. Her work toward making a difference at the community level began in policy and advocacy on Capitol Hill and locally as a trusted community activist. She has served on numerous non-profit boards as an advisor, strategist and spokesperson. She has developed strategic plans for several non-profit organizations and has formulated white papers on educational and child/family issues. During her time in DC, she served as an issue consultant to numerous columnists, talk show hosts and press sources as well. Later, she hosted a live-talk political radio show. She has been featured in Newsweek, the Washington Times, the Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily and numerous books and publications.
Ph.D. and M.A. - Loyola University of Chicago - Clinical Psychology - Dissertation: "Gender Differences in Depressive Experience"
Doctoral Internship - National Institute of Mental Health - St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, DC.
B.S. in Psychology - University of Illinois, Honor Thesis on achievement motivation with Dr. David Birch.
Private Practice 1989-present
Certificate Program - Institute for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy - Sep 2014-present
She has held adjunct faculty positions at National Louis University, IL, Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and St. Mary's College, MD.
Student at large, Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL.
NONPROFIT AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Friends of Elmwood Dunes, Founding Member, 2012 - present (Audubon Conservation Award in 2013)
Institute for Government and Public Affairs, Leadership Academy, University of Illinois- 2006-2007.
Township Trustee - New Trier Township - 2005 - 2009 (Township award 2008 for strategic plan)
Community Review Committee - Public School District 39 - President 2004-2005, Member 2003-2006.
Advisory Board, Independent Women's Forum, 1997-2000, Washington, DC
Alison Tobey Smart Foundation for Youth - Board Member, 2005-2008, Kenilworth, IL.
Co-founder, MedTees.com - 2005.
Advisory Board / Editor - Mothers at Home, publication and activist group, 1995-1998.
Kid's Turn - group program for divorcing families, San Francisco, 1993-1994
Program Director - House of Ruth, traditional program for homeless women, Washington, DC, 1986-1987.
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