Doctor of Psychology / GAIA Leadership Advanced Certified Coach
Who Am I
Welcome! I am Dr. Denise Styer - a women's empowerment and leadership coach, an eating disorder coach, consultant, author, international speaker, and psychotherapist.
I received my doctorate of clinical psychology in 2001 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. In August 2016, I became a certified Gaia Leadership Coach under the mentorship of Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin.
For the past 25 years my passion has focused on working with individuals (90% female, 10% male) who were struggling with eating disorders, nonsuicidal self-injury, trauma, suicide, and the empowerment of adults and teens.
My current areas of specialty include Women's Empowerment, Leadership Coaching, Mental Wellness, Divorce Coaching, and Consultation of Eating Disorders and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury. I am also available to provide presentations on these topics.
My work is now focusing on empowering individuals to overcome their limitations, use their voice, increase their self-worth, and be at peace with themselves. I provide private coaching, consulting, and individual or group sessions. I am located in the Chicagoland area, and am available for in-person or virtual coaching sessions through the use of Zoom Teleconferencing..
Thank you for visiting my website. If at any time you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 554-5245. I look forward to working with you!
Self Care Isn't Selfish (An Introduction to Self-Care)
I am happy to share with you an introduction to self care! I hope you enjoy it
Merriam-Webster announced that the word of 2017 is "feminism". Is it any wonder with the rise of women using their voices?
Merriam-Webster defines feminism as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" and "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests."
In many ways, 2017 was the year of women and it was just the beginning. Women have stood up and used their voices. They have demonstrated, they have advocated for their rights, they are running for offices, building companies, and speaking out against sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Are we done? No way - we have just begun! However, it is important to note -- women are uniting and using their voices!
Has any of this hit a chord with you? Have you wondered how to use your own voice to advocate for yourself, your children, your loved ones, friends, or others? Have you been sexually harassed or sexually abused? Have you thought to yourself that things must change? That the "same old same" is no longer acceptable? That to go along with what has always been because that is the way it is, is in some ways "complicit"? (Dictionary.com chose "complicit" to be their word for 2017) That the #metoo movement makes sense? Have you had enough?
If so, contact me to learn more about how to increase your self-worth, believing in yourself, and using your voice. Contact me at email@example.com or (312) 554-5245 to discuss the details.
I am looking forward to working with you and hearing what you have to say!
For the past 25+ years I have been working in the behavioral health field. While I have worked primarily with women/girls, I have worked with many men/boys. My expertise has been in the field of eating disorders, self-injury, trauma, and suicide risk and prevention.
During my time working in the behavioral health field, I have made it my goal and passion to work with individuals to assist in learning to use their voice to advocate for themselves; learn and understand their own self-worth and value; and look at how their behaviors impact their goals.
In 2015, I discovered the work of Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin. Her teachings resonated within me and I immediately signed up for her Gaia Project for Women's Leadership. Since then, I have participated in Elizabeth's Women's Leadership Coaching Certification (2016) and Advanced Women's Leadership Coaching Certification (2017).
Elizabeth's teachings have coincided with my belief system and how I work with my patients/clients in the behavioral health field. During my training with Elizabeth I realized I can also aid and assist those in the workplace to:
*use their voice
*find a balance with their daily demands
*learn how to advocate for themselves and grow as leaders
*uncover and manage their limiting beliefs
*improve time management skills
*manage work and health issues
*know their own worth
*be a leader
*connect their work, life, and values
*work through the imposter complex
If you have realized that you are impeding your own growth and advancement, struggle to juggle your responsibilities and feel depleted, struggle with your leadership skills in the workplace, wonder if this is the time to transition to another position, or any of the above topics, then private coaching sessions can assist you to improve your skill set and management.
I provide a complimentary phone session so we can learn more about each other before we agree to work together.
Coaching Packages are available in 3-month or 6-month programs. Each package includes a weekly 50-minute session (live or virtual), customized exercises to work on area(s) of focus, and a feedback session.
Each coaching package begins with a 90-minute breakthrough session where we review the intake form you complete and design an individual customized coaching plan that will be used during our time working together.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 554-5245 so we can schedule a phone call to discuss the investment details.
I look forward to working with you!
Please note this is not a therapy website. If needed, I am happy to assist in providing mental health resources.
Mental Wellness Coaching
Mental Wellness is as important as physical wellness. However, our mental health is often neglected due to stigma or not knowing where to begin. My Mental Wellness Coaching packages will:
· Increase mindfulness and focus
· Increase overall functioning
· Increase emotion regulation
· Decrease feeling overwhelmed
· Decrease anxiety
· Increase self-confidence
The Mental Wellness Coaching Packages will focus on
· Discovering/recognizing positive attributes about yourself
· Exploring your limiting beliefs that may be sabotaging achieving your goals
· Identifying your limiting beliefs and distorted thinking
· Challenging your limiting beliefs and distorted thinking
· Goal Setting
· Steps to take to achieve your goals
· Exploring your values
· Assessing if your values, behaviors and goals are aligned
Coaching Packages are available in 3-month or 6-month packages. Each package includes weekly 50-minute sessions (live or virtual), customized exercises to work on area(s) of focus, and a feedback session.
Each coaching package begins with a 90-minute needs assessment session where we review your intake form and design an individual customized coaching plan that will be used during our time working together.
Contact me at email@example.com or (312) 554-5245 and we can schedule a phone consultation to discuss the investment details and any questions you may have.
I look forward to working with you!
Eating disorders are a pervasive and frustrating illness for the individual and their families. One cannot look at eating disorders in a logical fashion; they are not logical. It does not make sense that someone would personally restrict their nutritional food intake, purposely rid themselves of their food intake, or consume large amounts of food. Yet, eating disorders are powerful and take over one's life. However, there is hope and there is recovery from an eating disorder.
I have been working in some capacity with eating disorders since the late 1980's. I have worked in all levels of care with eating disorders and understand the dynamics and difficulty for treatment and recovery.
What is an Eating Disorder Coach?
I work in collaboration with your treatment team
I provide you extra support and possibly exposures
The work we do is individualized and may include: menu planning,
grocery shopping, restaurant eating, clothes shopping, body image issues,
boundaries, skills review and relapse prevention
Eating Disorder Coaching
●I use phone or Zoom video conferencing for our sessions. Must have a cell phone/tablet
●Initial complimentary 20-minute phone call to assess our compatibility and answer questions
●If agreed to work together, I email the coaching contract, client information form, and releases of information to complete and sign prior to our first session
●1st session can last up to 90 minutes (depending on how much you wish to share/talk)
●Sessions 2-12 are each one hour in length. Outings are discussed and planned.
●I reach out to the treatment team between the first 2 sessions and as needed thereafter. If you are actively involved in treatment, it is required that there is a full release for your treatment team. If you are under 18, I must have a release for your parents
●I collect outcome data at the first and last session. I will share this information with the you and your treatment team
●Session 12 is a summary of our work done during the 12 weeks
●This is not a substitute or replacement for therapy.
This is a 12-week package completed by phone or Zoom. Not insurance reimbursable. Investment can be paid in full or with 3 monthly installments
I can be reached at (312) 554-5245 or by email, Denisestyer@comcast.net. Let me know if you have any questions.
Working With Parents Whose Loved One Has An Eating Disorder
You’ve been told that your child has an eating disorder and needs treatment. You take your child in for an assessment and are told s/he needs inpatient, partial, intensive outpatient, residential, or individual therapy. Then you might be told your child needs a dietitian and/or a medical doctor that is trained in eating disorders.
Many parents report confusion as they are given these directives and sometimes the professionals recommendations contradict the other recommendation received. Parents are wanting to do the best for their child, but not always sure what it is.
And, then we have the child - whatever age s/he may be. They might not want treatment. They might beg and plead with their parents to give them just one more change to try to do this on their own. What is a parent to do?
I can help! I thoroughly know the different levels of treatment recommendations. I understand the individual being hesitant about treatment. I also understand a parent not wanting to make their child upset, but wanting her/him to receive help. I know the seriousness of eating disorders.
*I work with the parent(s) to understand the levels of care for treatment and why a particular level has been recommended
*I can assist with referrals if needed to find a therapist/dietitian that works with eating disorders
*I know the various treatment centers and can work to coordinate assessments
*I can work with the parent(s) to get their child to agree to treatment
Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to speaking with you! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 554-5245.
I have been working in the field of nonsuicidal self-injury since 2000. I have designed and developed a specialized day hospital program to deal specifically with the underlying components and management of self-injury.
I have conducted and participated in research to further understand the dynamics of self-injury.
I am an international speaker on the topic of self-injury and co-authored the book "Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions"
What is Non-suicidal Self-injury?
Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is the deliberate self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned. This is the definition developed by the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS). I have been an active member and board member of ISSS since 2007.
While the definition states "for purposes not socially sanctioned", I have worked with individuals who do use tattoos and piercings for the purposes of self-injury even though these behaviors are socially sanctioned in our culture. It is the function of the behavior that determines if the behavior is self-injury.
If you would like to learn more about nonsuicidal self-injury (also known as "cutting", "burning", "self-harm"), I offer individual consultations or group presentations. Please contact me at email@example.com to inquire about details and fees.
Presentation Topics Include
*Understanding non-suicidal self-injury
*Self-injury trends in adolescents
*Managing self-injury within the school setting
Co-Author Book: Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions
Co-Author Chapter: Eating Disorders and Non-suicidal Self-Injury: From Primary Care to Inpatient Hospitalization. In L. Claes, L. & J. J. Muehlenkamp (Eds.), Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders: Advancements in Etiology and Treatment
Co-Author Chapter: Treating Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Clinician Response. In S Walfish & L. Grossman (Eds.), Translating Research into Practice: A Desk Reference for Practicing Mental Health Professionals
These books are all available at www.amazon.com (sorry, I am having technical difficulties with direct links)
Victor, S., Styer, D.M., Washburn, J.J. (2016). Functions of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI): Cross-sectional associations with NSSI duration and longitudinal changes over time and following treatment. Psychiatry Research, doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.04.083
Victor, S.E., Styer, D., & Washburn, J.J. (2015). Characteristics of nonsuicidal self-injury associated with suicidal ideation: Evidence from a clinical sample of youth. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. doi: 10.1186/s13034-015-0053-8. HYPERLINK: http://www.capmh.com/content/9/1/20
Klonsky, E.D., Glenn, C.R., Styer, D.M., Olino, T.M., Washburn, J.J. (2015). The functions of nonsuicidal self-injury: Converging evidence for a two-factor structure. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. 9(1): 44. Doi: 10.1186/s13034-015-0073-4.
Washburn, J.J, *Potthoff, L., Juzwin, K.R., & Styer, D. (2014). Assessing DSM-5 Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Disorder in a Clinical Sample. Psychological Assessment, 27(1). doi: 10.1037/pas0000021. HYPERLINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25265415
Washburn, J.J., Styer, D. M., Gebhardt, M., & Aldridge, D. (2014). Eating disorders and non-suicidal self-injury: From primary care to inpatient hospitalization. In J. Muehlenkamp & L. Claes (Eds.), Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders (pp. 319-340). New York, NY: Springer. HYPERLINK: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-40107-7_18
Washburn, J.J., Gebhardt, M., Styer, D.M., Juzwin, K.R., & Gottlieb, L. (2012). Co-Occurring disorders in the treatment of non-suicidal self-injury: An Evidence-Informed Approach. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26(4), 348-364. doi:10.1891/0889-8322.214.171.1248
Washburn, J.J., Richardt, S., Styer, D.M., Gebhardt, M., Juzwin, K.R., Yourek, A., & Aldridge, A. (2012). Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 6. doi:10.1186/1753-2000-6-14
Washburn, J.J., Juzwin, K.R., Styer, D.M., & Aldridge, D (2010). Measuring the urge to self-injure: preliminary data from a clinical sample. Psychiatry Research, 178(3), 540-544. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2010.05.018.
Styer, D. M. (2006). An Understanding of Self-Injury and Suicide. The Prevention Researcher, 13 (sup), 10-12.