Grand McDonald, PsyD
Clarity Clinic - River North
Dr. McDonald focuses on a collaborative and strengths-based approach to facilitate a therapeutic relationship that provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to process their experiences, promote self-love, and a sense of empowerment and hope. She is passionate about joining individuals on their journey to improving their lives in a way that is meaningful for them.
Dr. McDonald is currently in the process of receiving her license in clinical psychology, and specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, trauma, self-injurious behaviors, racial identity, in addition to issues related to adjustment, familial concerns, and academic issues. Dr. McDonald has received training in evidence-based treatments such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Suicide and Sexual Assault training. She also specializes in providing psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults which include cognitive functioning, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, trauma, mood, behavioral disorders, and personality disorders.
Dr. Mcdonald obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and APA accredited institution. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at a community mental health facility which allotted her the opportunity to provide individual and group therapy in addition to psychological evaluations to diverse and underserved communities. She also received training in providing clinical supervision, consultation, psychoeducation about mental health awareness. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at a behavioral mental health facility where she received extensive training in providing comprehensive psychological assessments with a wide range of mental health diagnoses in an outpatient setting, provided a variety of case management activities, and provided presentations for continuing education credit to staff members.
Dr. McDonald was drawn to becoming a mental health professional after personal and professional experiences with individuals who had experienced trauma in their lives that had gone untreated and undiagnosed. This lack of understanding of how these experiences impacted their lives by their family, friends, society, and they themselves inspired Dr. McDonald to close the gap. Dr. McDonald believes it is a privilege to be part of the therapeutic process that individuals undergo and is devoted to joining those in their journey to discover a life they believe as one of healing, growth, and joy.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Self pay
- Adjustment Disorder
- Adolescent/Child Psychotherapy
- Anger Management
- Child Psychotherapy
- Family Psychotherapy
- Grief and Loss/Bereavement
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma
- Racial Identity
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Social Anxiety
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Women's Health Issues
Education and training
- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
- American Psychological Association
- Illinois Psychological Association