About Brittany Lakin-Starr
Dr. Brittany Lakin-Starr is a warm, compassionate, and experienced Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is the co-founder of the Chicago Center for Growth and Change and previously worked for 7 years as a staff psychologist at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She has over 10 years of experience treating adults, children and adolescents, couples and families from diverse backgrounds. She treats anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral concerns, school issues, relationship challenges, and adjustment difficulties. She also helps individuals navigate life transitions, for example, young adulthood, becoming a couple, or starting a family. Dr. Lakin-Starr offers an individualized treatment approach for each of her patients and uses insight oriented, cognitive- behavioral, and family therapy approaches. She is also certified in Psychodrama. Additionally, she is trained in several specialty treatments, including Gottman Couple’s therapy, Prolonged Exposure therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma Focused-CBT, and evidenced based parenting strategies. She was adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago and frequently lectures at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Recently, she was on The 50 Minute Hour, a podcast with Dr. Zachary Friedman, where she discussed psychodrama. The Chicago Center for Growth and Change consists of a dedicated team of clinical psychologists with the knowledge, education, and expertise to help you create significant improvements in your mental health, quality of life, and relationships. They offer an individualized approach in a safe and compassionate environment and have specialized treatments to meet your needs.
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Education and training
- Loyola University Chicago, PhD in Clinical Psychology
- Loyola University Chicago, Master’s in Psychology
- University of New Mexico (Bachelor's)
- American Psychological Association
- American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
Awards and publications
- MVP Award, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Winter 2016
- Certified in Psychodrama
Brittany Lakin-Starr's office location
Chicago Center for Growth and Change
150 North Michigan Ave, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
Patient reviews for Brittany Lakin-Starr, PhD
I saw Dr. Lakin-Starr for about 5 years at Masonic and she was truly an excellent therapist. As someone who worked in mental health and therapy, I felt she provided excellent care, taking into account my personality, education and experiences. She challenged me at times which I think is necessary to grow as a person, in individual and group therapy. I only did 1 group of hers (Psychodrama), for a short period of time and this helped me to see inside myself as well. She is very compassionate but also knows how to be direct in a professional manner. She has a wide range of experience in different modalities of psychiatric care and I would would highly recommend her to anyone, whatever treatment they require.
Last year my family had the privilege of being patients of Dr. Britanny Lankin-Starr. She is very professional and trustworthy. Our family highly recommends her. She made a great impact in our lives.
I really can't say enough good things about Dr. Lakin-Starr. Ive been a patient of hers for almost four years now and am happy I was able to follow her to her new practice. I was very against therapy just from my past experiences. They never really gave any insight into your problems or guidance on how to overcome or fix them. After a bad breakup it was recommended I try again. So I did and I couldn't be happier with the work Dr. Lakin-Starr has done with me over the years. She helped me develop a plan and skills I needed to get past the problems in my life. She is the only psychologist I have ever had that took the time to really get to know me and try to understand what I was and am still going through. She is very compassionate and easy to talk to. She does her work to help you but you also need to do a lot of work to help yourself. She always gives great guidance without being bossy although she will challenge you every now and then but in a good way. She will help you make connections between your past and how it affects you now. She's so good you'll eventually start making connections on your own. Again I cannot say enough good things about her and her practice. She has become an invaluable guide to help me get my life back on track.
I would recommend anyone to see her. I was having panic attacks and did not even realize it. Not only did she diagnose what was happening, but she helped me work through them and showed me the tools to make them completely stop. She is very sympathetic and understanding and makes you feel comfortable and at ease.
I am so thankful to have found Dr. Lakin-Starr. She's so passionate, patient, and skilled when it comes to helping her patients. Not only has she impacted my life for the better, but I've seen her do the same for others during group therapy as well. I can't recommend her enough.
Dr. Brittany Lakin-Starr is a caring and outstanding professional. Her manner is wonderfully kind, but she also means business and wants to understand and address each patient's reason for visiting. My wife and I deeply appreciated Dr. Lakin-Starr's successful assistance with our daughter. We have unqualified praise and respect for Dr. Brittany Lakin-Starr.
Dr. Lakin-Starr is a wonderful doctor and a human being. She not only helped my teenage daughter recover from her severe depression and ADHD, but she also helped us find several specialists to treat my daughter's multiple undiagnosed illnesses, ADHD and tinnitus. Now, my daughter is fully recovered from her depression and tinnitus as well as learned to accept and deal with her ADHD. My husband and I owe my daughter's life to Dr. Lakin-Starr. And for that, we will be forever grateful to her. We highly recommend Dr. Lakin-Starr.
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