Meet The Specialists

Anton Petrenko, M.A.

Anton Petrenko is currently a graduate student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with his Bachelor’s degree in psychology, and has earned two separate Master’s degrees – one in counseling psychology from California State University, East Bay, and one in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University. Anton has previously worked in a variety of clinical settings, including as an in-home behavior therapist for young children with autism spectrum disorders, as a school-based therapist for elementary and middle school-aged children, and as a counselor for children attending an adventure camp aimed at treating selective mutism. He also has extensive experience conducting assessments with children and adults at Northern Illinois University’s Psychological Services Center and at the Joliet Public School District. Anton began working at Susan Myket, Ph.D. & Associates practice in 2018 where he sees children, adolescents, and adults in group and individual therapy settings.

Anton’s treatment approach can best be described as cognitive-behavioral. He believes that problems stem from individuals as well as their environments, which means that effective therapy should challenge individuals to make changes to their environments as well as within themselves. Anton is passionate about challenging clients to try new things – the more life experiences one has, the better prepared they are able to handle life’s stressors. Anton has experience conducting assessments and treating clients with a wide variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, schizophrenia, learning disability, and bipolar I and II disorders. Furthermore, Anton has extensive experience working with clients to improve social skills, emotion regulation skills, and parenting.

Anton is thrilled to be working with children, adolescents, and families at the Susan Myket, Ph.D. & Associated clinic as a clinical extern while continuing to pursue his Ph.D. degree. His research focuses on the development of self-regulatory ability in early childhood and the contributions which parenting behaviors have on its development. In his free time, Anton enjoys spending time with his two young children, making breakfast burritos, and finding adventures locally and abroad.