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Meet Our Psychologists & Counselors


Sandra Burkhardt, PhD, ABPP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Fellow, Academy of Clinical Psychology
Board Certified in Clinical and Child Psychology

Dr Burkhardt is one of four American Board of Professional Psychology Certified Child and Adolescent Psychologists in the State of Illinois. She is also Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Burkhardt is the clinical director of Burkhardt Services, Ltd. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University and is a Professor of Psychology at Saint Xavier University. She is the author, co-author and editor of multiple publications on counseling families of children with special needs and related subjects.

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Julie Deisinger, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Deisinger earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and has been licensed since 1998. She is an associate professor and chairperson of the Psychology Department at Saint Xavier University, where she has taught courses in abnormal psychology, human development, adulthood and aging, health psychology, and stress management.

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Julie A. Leonard, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Julie Leonard has over fifteen years of clinical experience in working with children and adolescents with mood/anxiety and behavioral issues, including trauma, eating disorders, addictions, and self-harm. She has worked extensively with families and has provided therapy to parents to aid in establishing and maintaining appropriate communication, boundaries, and establishing limits. Other areas of interest include adult mood/anxiety issues, stress management, anger management, and relationship issues.

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Kevin Watson, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified School Counselor
Clinical Counseling Trainee

Kevin Watson earned his Master’s degree in Counseling from Governor’s State University and is a licensed professional counselor and certified school counselor; he is currently a trainee in Clinical Counseling.

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Jan Petru, MS, CCC

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jan Petru has over thirty years of experience providing direct speech and language therapy to children and adolescents in the public school system.  Her specialties include the areas of literacy and academic language, problem-solving, interpersonal applications, social communication, perspective-taking, disability awareness and Social Thinking® concepts. 

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Friday Skills Group

This group is a social skills group that allows members to develop and maintain positive relationships with people who struggle with relating to others.

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