Kristi Newberry
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Kristi Newberry

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Autism +

Hi! I'm Dr. Kristi, a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. I grew up in Florida but completed my psychology training near Chicago, including a residency at Meier Clinics in their outpatient and partial hospital programs. As a mother to a daughter with autism, the neurodivergent community is very close to my heart. I particularly enjoy working with adults, helping them through assessments to better understand themselves, focus on their strengths, and make informed decisions about their mental health.

What motivated you to specialize in working with autistic adults?

I've been working as a psychologist for over 13 years, often with the neurodivergent and autistic community. Having a daughter with autism has made my connection to neurodiverse individuals even more personal. I love that Prosper is paving the way for a brighter future and a world with more resources and accessibility for people like my daughter. I want to be part of creating that, for her and for others.

How do you bring a strengths-based, affirming approach to your client work?

Making the decision to schedule a psychological assessment or diagnostic process can be intimidating. While individuals often seek answers, it's not helpful to hear a list of things that are "wrong with you." I have found that people respond much better to an approach that focuses on their strengths. My goal is to think creatively and collaboratively about how we can build upon those strengths to meet my clients' goals.

More info
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, Wheaton; Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, Wheaton; Bachelors in Counseling from Johnson University, Kissimmee
CrossFit, photography, cooking, and anything outdoors.