Dr. Haas joined Meier Clinics in 2004 and has worked in a variety of settings with clients since 1998. Dr. Haas attained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Her clinical internship was completed with Carolina Medical Group in Charlotte, North Carolina, which included rotations in primary care physicians’ offices, school-based services, mental health emergency rooms, as well as child and adult inpatient and outpatient services. Dr. Haas is licensed in the state of Illinois as a Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Haas worked for six years in the outpatient department of a Community Mental Health Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Her responsibilities included leading adolescent substance abuse groups, conducting extensive assessments for adolescents placed into state custody, working within the juvenile justice system, and providing services for outpatient and day hospital patients.
Dr. Haas currently counsels children, adolescents, and adults within individual, family, and marital counseling. She also provides psychological and A.D.H.D. testing. Approaches to eclectic therapy that Dr. Haas commonly utilizes include cognitive-behavioral, family oriented, and client-centered methods.
She has experience working with the following:
Anxiety, Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, Communication Problems, Conflict-Resolution, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Family Issues, Grief, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Marital Concerns, Self-Worth Issues, Trauma
“I tend to be authentic with my counseling clients and tailor my treatment approach to each individual: I may give direct cognitive-behavioral techniques to parents looking for parenting strategies, I might engage in non-directive play therapy with my youngest clients or adopt a client-centered, or more insight-oriented approach with adults looking for personal growth. I tend to conceptualize people’s problems within a Christian world view, but respect each client’s own values and belief systems.”
Dr. Haas attended the Illinois Marriage and Family Therapy conference on Forgiveness in 2010 and recently treated a family using the Maudsley approach for anorexia nervosa, a family-based treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. She also had an article published in Better Homes and Gardens on “Emotional Eating and Children.”
Dr Haas conceptualizes an individual’s problems as shaped by family of origin issues and helps each client break free from such early influences. She has personal experience with acculturation and cross-cultural issues, in addition to issues pertaining to raising twins. She is fluent in German.