Helping those living with a chronic medical illness
cope and thrive.
Dr. Taft is a licensed clinical psychologist and is director of adult behavioral medicine. She has specialty training in health psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Taft is a leading expert on the psychological and social aspects of chronic digestive illnesses including IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Eosinophilic GI Diseases. She has over 10 years of extensive experience working with people with chronic illness and has published several articles and three book chapters on the psychological aspects of these conditions.
Dr. Taft is a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she has researched the psychosocial issues people living with chronic digestive conditions face since 2004. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship within the Center for Psychosocial Research in GI at NU. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009 after completing a 1-year internship at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Taft has spoken at patient education conferences across the United States including with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, the CURED Foundation, and the Oley Foundation. Her approach to therapy is to teach clients to be their own therapists and learn skills that will last a lifetime so they can better self-manage issues that come with having a chronic illness. Dr. Taft is certified in medical hypnotherapy.
Dr. Burda is a licensed clinical psychologist and former Clinical Director of Advanced Behavioral Centers of Dupage, a psychiatric and counseling practice with offices in Hinsdale and Oakbrook Terrace. Dr. Burda received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
During her graduate training, she worked as a research assistant in a federally-funded smoking cessation program for several years. She received specialty training in behavioral medicine during her clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center where she worked with cancer patients. She went on to do post-doctoral training at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, an affiliate of Tufts Medical School. As a post-doctoral fellow, she worked in consult-liaison services, providing evaluation and treatment services for medical patients in the hospital. She also worked at the Neighborhood Health Clinic where she consulted directly with physicians about the psychological needs of their medical patients in the community.
Dr. Burda has over 15 years of experience working in health psychology treating individuals who have medical illnesses such as diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and cancer. She is familiar with performing pre-operative evaluations of surgical candidates for gastric bypass surgery.
Dr. Burda uses techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery to help individuals manage stress and to identify stressors that may be exacerbating their medical condition. She takes a collaborative approach with clients, actively encouraging them to participate in their own journey of healing and coping with their medical problem.
Dr. Edlynn is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in pediatric health psychology. Previously, she served as the Clinical Program Director for the pediatric palliative care team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles from 2008-2012, and as the Clinical Program Director for the Medical Day Treatment program at Children’s Hospital Colorado from 2013-2016, where she had a faculty appointment in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Edlynn has most recently worked for Amita Health to establish and expand health psychology services in their larger health care system.
Dr. Edlynn received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2007 after completing her internship at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then received postdoctoral training in psycho-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Edlynn has participated in several national conferences and published several peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to pediatric palliative care and programs serving youth with chronic medical illness.
In her therapy approach, she draws from evidence-based practice, while collaboratively tailoring therapy to individual needs and symptoms. The goal is always to improve daily functioning and each person’s quality of life regardless of the status of their disease. Dr. Edlynn has extensive experience working with a variety of illnesses and symptoms (eg, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, diabetes, obesity, epilepsy, cancer) by using a combination of cognitive behavioral approaches, mindfulness, and stress management strategies. She has a special interest in youth managing grief and loss
Robin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and obtained her master's in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago after completing her undergraduate degree at Vassar College in New York. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including an intermediate care facility, homeless shelter, outpatient clinics, and senior living. Robin primarily works with adults, but has also worked with children, adolescents, and families.
She assists clients in better understanding and coping with a range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, loss, relationship difficulties, and feelings of low self-worth. Robin has worked with trauma survivors for her entire career, and takes pride in assisting Clients to become more empowered and focus on their wants and needs. She uses the word "assist" in describing her work, in that this is how she views her role- to assist clients in reaching their goals. Robin encourages her clients to take ownership of whatever progress they make (or in the words of Jerry Maguire "help me help you.")
As a therapist, Robin is nonjudgmental, supportive, empathetic, and an active listener- all of which helps to create a safe place, in which a Client can feel comfortable enough to do the hard work of making changes. She views therapy as a conduit to help clients achieve their goals and encourages them to feel empowered by the progress they make during their time. Robin believes a good fit between client and therapist is crucial to a successful outcome. As such, she shares with Clients aspects of her life, which are apropos to their concerns, which help normalize Client experiences.
Robin emphasizes skill building to support emotional stability, confidence, and mindfulness. Her theoretical approach includes a blend of Person-Centered, Feminist Theory, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). In addition, she incorporates creative aspects into therapy sessions, such as music, TV shows, movies, and yoga – all of which are personal interests of hers.