Fluent in Spanish, Polish, and French 

Forensic Evaluations:

Phyllis devotes a large portion of her practice to forensic work. She performs mental health evaluations and provides expert witness testimony in a variety of legal contexts.

She has developed a strong reputation working with immigration attorneys around issues such as:

  • Proving extreme hardship in deportation
  • Asylum
  • Spousal abuse (VAWA)
  • Adam Walsh
  • Waivers
  • Substantiation of good faith marriage and
  • U Visas

With family law attorneys to perform:

  • 604B/5 custody evaluations
  • 215 mental health evaluations
  • substance abuse evaluations

With criminal law attorneys to perform:

  • sentence mitigation evaluations
  • diminished capacity evaluations

Other expertise and interests include

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual harassment
  • Emotional issues in personal injury matters, and
  • Consulting to attorneys in malpractice cases involving other mental health professionals

In addition to seeing clients in her office, Phyllis will make arrangements to interview out of state or international clients in forensic cases as well as to testify by Skype or telephone. Sample reports are available upon request.  For a reference, contact immigration lawyers Royal Berg, (312) 855-1118, or Kevin Dixler, (312) 588-0500.



Phyllis has been in practice since 1982. On the clinical side, she provides psychotherapy for all kinds of issues to individuals, couples, families, adults, and children.

Her clinical specialties include:

Child and adolescent therapy (all ages)
Chemical dependency treatment  (Phyllis is recognized as a Substance Abuse Professional by the U.S. Department of Transportation and often sees clients for evaluation who have tested positive for drugs and alcohol in the workplace); and culturally focused services.

Phyllis is fluent in Spanish, Polish, and French.  She has extensive experience working with Hispanic and Polish clients.


Payment Options:

For psychotherapy services, Phyllis accepts almost all managed care and private insurance plans, employee assistance programs, etc.  Forensic services, which are not covered by insurance, are available on a private pay basis.