Psychological Services PC



Most of us encounter challenges in coping with feelings and important relationships at some point in our lifetimes. Psychologists have noted that emotions and our connections to our loved ones guide our decisions and the course of our lives. So, when you sense something is wrong, this is a good sign – it means that the wisdom of your body and mind is pointing to something in your life experience that needs attention. Psychotherapy is a proven way to find out what your signals of difficulty mean and assists you in finding ways to adaptively expand your coping abilities, which ultimately contributes to living and loving with vitality and fulfillment. At Psychological Services PC, psychotherapy is our primary focus and shared professional passion. Each of our psychotherapists have a unique style and training. All of us enthusiastically share a commitment to providing compassionate and intelligent therapy that is grounded in current empirical findings and practical professional experience. Please see our personal bios for descriptions of our therapeutic approaches.


Often times, the relationships that we hold dearest to us are often intertwined with our strongest emotions, including anger, deep hurt, and pain. Challenges in these relationships can leave us feeling ungrounded, with little clarity or direction on how to make things better.  Further, when communication breaks down or becomes stuck in an endless pattern of anger, attack, or withdrawing/isolating, we can become hopeless and confused about what to do next.  The stress of your relationship may also begin to show its impact on your work and other relationships. Our goal is to work with couples to foster deeper empathy through improving communication skills and gaining better understanding of each other.

Therapy Services - GROUP


Group therapy provides the opportunity to gain insight and differing perspectives on topics addressed during session not attainable in individual treatment. Group work facilitates the exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that appear within a group setting Group is often a microcosm for how you interact in the real world and may explain how you relate to others. Our practice offers group experiences for individuals looking to grow in self-awareness, self-confidence, and understanding of how they interact in an interpersonal setting.


Relationships with those in our family are often one of the most precious and challenging relationships we have as humans. Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate effectively, navigate conflicts, and express emotions to and with other family members. In family therapy, we work to honor the experiences and emotions of each family member while also addressing the challenges that may arise. Our therapists will work with your family to explore the family dynamic and patterns of behavior to promote understanding and stronger connections in your family relationships.

Professional Consultation

The practice of psychotherapy can be challenging even for seasoned professionals. Whether you are interested in broadening your clinical expertise or gaining a fresh perspective on a challenging case, the experienced professional staff at Psychological Services PC are available to supportively provide ongoing clinical supervision and case consultation to psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists. According to your needs, we can meet with you individually or provide training to your staff in the areas of Emotion-Focused Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Multicultural Issues. Please contact Dr. Bricker for more information.


Our team regularly provides training to Mental Health and Medical Professionals, as well as Doctoral and Master’s-level professional and graduate students/trainees. We have specialized offerings in Executive Coaching, Cultural Competence/Diversity and Inclusion, Business and Workplace Development, and Small Business Development. In addition, we also provide supervision and training in Psychodynamic/Relational and Emotion-Focused Therapy (Individual and Couples) modalities.

Employee Assistance Programs

Executive Coaching

Wellness Services

Daniel Lovan


“I believe that people heal, grow, and thrive when they are able to genuinely connect with someone who makes them feel deeply seen and allows them to explore their emotional needs and desires. That’s why I strive to compassionately understand my clients and provide them with a safe and warm psychotherapy environment where we can collaboratively improve your mental health and well-being.

My Interventions
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
• Multicultural Therapy
I address client’s needs through a mix of person centered and cognitive approaches to help clients explore patterns of negative thought, identify core feelings, and practice new coping skills. For many LGBTQ+ clients I also address concerns through a multicultural lens in order to take into account the many ways in which an individual’s intersectional identities may be at odds with living their life authentically.”

Education & Training
• Loyola University Chicago- M.A. Community Counseling
• St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Outpatient Mental Behavioral Health- Internship
• Saint Louis University- B.S. Psychology
I tend to work with adolescents and adults experiencing a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, parenting concerns, and social struggles. I am particularly passionate about working with LGBTQ+ individuals with religious and spiritual concerns.

Amy Rivas

Qualifications & Training

  • I received my EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago
  • I received my BS in Psychology from Pacific Union College
  • I am Licensed Professional Counselor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
  • I am bilingual and conduct therapy in English and Spanish

Who I Work With

I work with adults, couples, and families who are navigating trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship/attachment issues, and life-transitions. I am also passionate working with those in the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and bi-cultural/bilingual individuals.
A lot of the clients I work with, whether therapy newcomers or seasons therapy goers, are hoping to carve a dedicated space to gain insight, reflect, and process their reason for seeking therapy.

Working with me

I know for a lot of people the choice to attend therapy can be a difficult one so I will always honor your effort and strength in making this choice. I work from a psychodynamic, attachment based, and also incorporate emotion-focused therapy (EFT) techniques. This basically all means that I like to process past traumas or past relationships to understand how that’s impacting our current way of understanding our world.
You can often find me also incorporating grounding/self-regulation techniques into my sessions with clients as a tool for dysregulation, numbness, and disassociation. I’m a firm believer that our bodies carry our traumas and stress so its important that we incorporate a body-based, somatic techniques to assist with our bodies also healing.

Lilia Berkovich

Dr. Berkovich received her Bachelor’s Degree from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to her work at Psychological Services, PC, Dr. Berkovich has worked in medical and psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers, the juvenile court/probation system, and schools.

My Mission

In my work with clients I rely primarily on relational-psychodynamic, mindbody, and trauma-informed perspectives. I believe that growth and change are achieved by shedding light on those sides of ourselves that we are not in direct contact with, as well as learning new ways of being with others. I strive for therapy to provide a genuine, stimulating, and welcoming space to interact openly and experience new emotions.

Working with me

While I adjust my therapeutic goals to each client’s presenting concerns, goals, and needs, I tend to focus on increasing emotional insight and developing effective internal coping mechanisms. In sessions we might choose to process patterns that show up in the client’s past and present relationships, as well as address the “here-and-now” of the therapy session. I might provide reflections and feedback as a way to help my client see themselves and their situation from a new angle. We may focus on feelings, thoughts, physical experiences, and behaviors, and try to tap into new sources of information about the client’s self. As a multicultural clinician, I recognize the importance of our cultural experiences, and value the exploration of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, physical ability, and other factors that shape identity and social interactions. As we work toward making everyday experiences less obscure, the client may feel more confident about expressing their true self, form more fulfilling connections with their environment, and find that they are better equipped to cope with distress and painful emotions.

Who I work with

I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with individuals struggling with trauma, mood dysregulation, overwhelming anxiety, stress-induced somatic symptoms, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, complex grief, substance misuse, and maladaptive interpersonal and relational behaviors. I also work with couples seeking help with relational well-being, communication, and conflict resolution

Michael Bricker


“I believe each of us is hard-wired with emotions that play an important role in how we understand our world and how we function internally, as well as in our relationships with others. When used adaptively, our emotions can serve to alert and orient us to what is important in our lives and can help inform how we cope with challenges and conflict. In contrast, when we feel stuck in our emotions, lack awareness of them, or are unable to express our feelings and needs, we can feel depressed, anxious or generally unhappy in our life, relationships, and/or career. This lack of clarity can also leave us feeling stranded; struggling to make sense of why we are feeling the way we do or what we need to make things better.
By exploring underlying emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in the context of a warm and empathic relationship, I assist individuals in learning how to use their emotional experience as a guide in recognizing, both generally and specifically, what they need from themselves and from others in order to feel content and resilient. This awareness also plays an integral role in helping them choose behaviors that are more satisfying and accommodating of their needs. In addition, I aim to help clients solidify a long-term framework for understanding how they organize themselves and make sense of their world and relationships, while helping to ensure that they have the tools needed to achieve consistent and lasting improvements in their lives well after therapy has ended.”

Dr. Bricker has been providing professional counseling services to individuals, groups, and couples for over 20 years. He earned his Masters degree in Counseling and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Memphis and holds licensure as a Clinical Psychologist (LCP) in the state of Illinois. 
In addition to his education and training in traditional psychotherapy approaches, Dr. Bricker has sought out specialized education and training in the practice of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), a scientifically-supported psychotherapy approach for individuals and couples. Dr. Bricker is also an active lecturer and trainer on EFT and the adaptive use of emotion, and enjoys educating other mental health professionals in this area. Dr. Bricker also has extensive education and experience in providing services to couples (working from an Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy framework).  In addition, he has extensive education, training and experience working with individuals with addictions and substance use/abuse concerns.
Although Dr. Bricker’s varied clinical experiences in hospitals, mental health centers, outpatient clinics and counseling centers have prepared him to work with individuals and couples from diverse racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds, and with wide-ranging concerns/diagnoses, he has developed a particular specialty in areas including: depression, anxiety, couples/relationship concerns, LGBTQ issues, grief/loss, and concerns unique to professionals in various domains who are navigating important roles in leadership and/or demanding careers.  
Dr. Bricker spends the majority of his clinical service providing psychotherapy to individual clients and couples; however, he is experienced in, and available to offer Executive Coaching, as well as organizational and clinical consultation to businesses and individuals.  In addition, he provides supervision and workshops in EFT for mental health professionals.

Outside the office, Dr. Bricker enjoys travel, cooking, attending events in the arts, physical fitness, and spending time with his family and friends.