Meet The Specialists

Meghan Kanya, M.A.

Meghan Kanya is a graduate student in Northern Illinois University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in December 2017. While an undergraduate at MSU, Meghan volunteered at a crisis hotline, gaining foundational skills in active and empathic listening and crisis intervention. Thus far in her graduate clinical training, she has conducted assessments and therapy with demographically diverse clients, ranging from ages 2 to 69. Meghan has served clients in a variety of settings including the Psychological Services Center at NIU, elementary and junior high schools within the Joliet #86 School District, and Advanced Therapeutic Services, a private practice which specializes in the treatment of Selective Mutism. Most recently, Meghan worked at Florissa Pediatric Development Center in Dixon, IL conducting comprehensive multidisciplinary psychodiagnostic assessments and providing individual and group therapy for children and adolescents, as well as parenting training.

Although Meghan’s assessment and treatment approach is founded within a cognitive-behavioral framework, she strives to ensure the individual needs of her clients are properly addressed and represented. Given the challenging nature of psychological treatment, especially, it is important to her that each of her clients feels understood and supported throughout their work together. As such, her approach is highly collaborative and rooted in warmth, empathy, and compassion. Meghan has experience diagnosing and treating a range of disorders in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar I disorder, autism spectrum disorder, stress, trauma, and adjustment disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, behavior disorders, learning and developmental disorders, intellectual disability, executive functioning deficits, oppositional defiant disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

Meghan is thrilled to have the opportunity of working as a clinical extern at Susan Myket, Ph.D. & Associates, where she can continue to grow her skills as a clinician and to empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives. She is currently working on her dissertation which examines the development of emotion regulation abilities across infancy and toddlerhood, and the impact of parenting on that developmental pattern. In her free time, Meghan enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering with her dog in local youth programs, and attending events with friends.