Letter From the Training Director

Hi there!

Thank you so much for your interest in our Training Program. At IntraSpectrum, we are intentionally developmental. This means that as we are making decisions about the functioning of our practice, we are thoughtful about how to expand opportunities for professional development so that we are always innovating and becoming better advocates for the communities we serve. An important part of this mission is our Training Program, which allows opportunities for recently graduated masters and doctoral-level clinicians to come learn from us while also keeping us close to the most recent and updated knowledge in our field. We are currently equipped to offer postmasters fellowships to LPCs working on earning their LCPCs and postdoctoral fellowships to recently graduated PsyDs and PhDs who have completed their dissertation and degree requirements. Unfortunately, we cannot offer practicum or internship opportunities at this time.

I spend the majority of my week working with students through teaching and supervision. It’s important to me to foster the kind of environment that gives rise to positive learning moments as well as positive relational moments with colleagues. All Training Programs focus on developing folks’ clinical skill set, but what sets ours apart is the connections among people. We want our trainees to feel comfortable challenging themselves and taking the kinds of risks that yield the most growth. As the Training Director, my vision for our program is one that departs from the tradition of exploiting trainees’ resources in exchange for “hours” and moves toward promoting balance and authentic professional identity development. IntraSpectrum also offers the unique opportunity to work with clients and colleagues within the LGBTQ+ community, and I’ve found that folks tap into deeper personal and professional development as a result.

I encourage you to poke around our website, take a look at our Supervision Team bios, and reach out if you have any questions about becoming part of our next class of trainees! We generally accept applications for our Fellowship in January for the following training year.
Take good care,
Dr. Fern Pinkston (she/her)
Training Director
fpinkston@intraspectrum-chicago.com

Fellowship Program

Full-Time LGBTQIA-Focused Fellowship Program

“Throughout this experience, I have grown so much as a clinician and as a human. My supervisors have held space for me to stumble and grow, encouraging me to both foster my strengths and stretch myself. It has been incredible to work within community through this fellowship, and it is a gift to develop new skills and knowledge I likely would not have been exposed to otherwise. I am appreciative of this fellowship, my supervisors, staff members, and my cohort who have positively impacted me and made moving to a new state much easier.”Kristin Kazyaka, former Postdoctoral Fellow

“As a Fellow, I feel as though the training and support through regular and ongoing weekly didactics, consultations, and supervision have given me a strong foundation to build on and strengthen my knowledge and skills in working with this population. Fern and the rest of the supervisory team have created a learning environment that is challenging, supportive, comprehensive, and, above all, rewarding. I feel so very fortunate to be working with such a talented and devoted team!”Gil Minor, former Postmasters Fellow

The Fellowship at IntraSpectrum Counseling is a unique opportunity to provide high-quality, affirming mental health care specifically tailored to the LGBTQIA and sexual minority communities, as well as a diverse range of other marginalized and intersectional identities. Fellows are granted the exposure and experience of working in a private practice setting with the financial security and stability of a salaried position that is paid out weekly. This position would be an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to round out their training experiences and meet the requirements for licensure in Illinois.

IntraSpectrum offers practice-sponsored social events, a furnished office space, a steady stream of referrals, and a supportive and collaborative work environment. Our group practice also presents the opportunity to depart from the typical 9-5 while maintaining a fixed schedule without any required crisis/on call coverage. Fellows are supported in performing the full range of duties provided by our fully-licensed staff members with the potential for being considered for full-time employment following the fellowship that goes from August to August each year.

The ideal applicant would have experience working within-community but also desire more formal training working with our clientele, who are predominantly queer-identified people, trans/gender nonconforming individuals, people of color, people with varying relationship structures (e.g., poly/kink or open relationships), and people of all ages. Additionally, applicants should be comfortable working with trauma.

IntraSpectrum’s Training Program affords the opportunity to become more well-versed in LGBTQIA-affirming care as well as the landscape of the Chicagoland LGBTQIA community. Fellows provide individual psychotherapy, couples/relationship psychotherapy, and co-facilitate groups, all while being supported in developing the unique skill set required for therapy with LGBTQIA-identified individuals. This fellowship is geared to foster your identity as an emerging professional, including continued development and application of your theoretical orientation in a way that is consistent and authentic to you as a clinician. IntraSpectrum Counseling provides 2 hours per week of individual supervision, with one hour of clinical supervision and one hour of supervision per week dedicated to professional development, including support as Fellows study for their licensure exam. Postdoctoral Fellows also attend group supervision and a Learning in Community Series presentation each week.

Fellows are expected to engage in outreach/program development, including the development of a Fellow Project. The Fellow Project is an opportunity to promote fellows’ investment and commitment to the field of psychology and the LGBTQIA community, and it is an individualized project that can foster your own passions and professional identity. Further, Fellows receive a competitive salary, health insurance, specialized training stipend, and funds for study materials and approved expenses associated with obtaining licensure in Illinois (if not covered by graduate program). Applications are due January 15th each year. To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter detailing your specific interest in our LGBTQIA-Focused Postmasters or Postdoctoral Fellowship, (2) an updated CV, and (3) contact information for two references who can speak to your professionalism and potential fit with this position to the Training Director, Fern Pinkston, PsyD at fpinkston@intraspectrum-chicago.com. Please include your first and last name in the file name of all application materials. Tell us how you found us in your cover letter!

For more information, please contact Training Director Fern Pinkston, PsyD (she/her) at fpinkston@intraspectrum-chicago.com.

Our Supervision Team

Kristin Kazyaka, PhD (she/her/hers)

Staff Therapist
Group Supervision

Dr. Kazyaka approaches supervision through a relational lens. As a supervisor, she deeply values the supervisory relationship, and believes that trust and support allow for risk-taking and growth. Dr. Kazyaka believes that supervision should be a space in which supervisees are free to explore their own unique experiences, identities, and reactions in order to foster both personal and professional development. Further, she is passionate about attending to social locations and the complexity of identities for clients, supervisees, and herself. She believes that people (and presenting concerns) cannot be removed from their greater cultural context, and that identity inherent impacts our relationships with our selves, with others, and with our communities. Additionally, when attending to clinical work, Dr. Kazyaka strives to help supervisees zoom both in and out – in order to examine new ideas for interventions as well as ways in which they can deepen their conceptualization and understanding of their clients.

Dr. Kazyaka utilizes interpersonal/interpersonal process theory and feminist theory as her primary clinical theories. However, she also readily incorporates somatic and mindfulness-based interventions, as she believes the body is a primary source of healing. Further, Dr. Kazyaka strives to maintain a trauma-oriented perspective, and is EMDR-trained.

Prior to joining Intraspectrum, Dr. Kazyaka worked primarily in university counseling centers and at a nonprofit, wherein she worked with surivivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and with perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Her passion is working with trauma, but specifically in bridging the gap between LGBTQ community and trauma-informed care. She readily works with individuals and couples presenting with a variety of presenting concerns, including identity development, particularly related to sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, and class; non monogamous relationship structures; trauma; and anxiety-related concerns. She earned B.A.s in Women and Gender Studies and Psychology from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University (yes, she’s from Texas). As a human, she enjoys art (creating and experiencing), spending time with her puppy-bear, and going to concerts.

Elizabeth Klicker-Nicklay, MA, LCPC (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, IL #18001949
Staff Therapist
Clinical Supervision

Elizabeth takes a collaborative and integrative approach to supervision. Her goal is to establish a safe working relationship where the supervisee feels comfortable exploring all avenues of being a therapist. Elizabeth encourages supervisees to not only examine what is going on with their clients, but to also bring awareness to the supervisee’s own experience and related feelings. She believes supervision should be a space to celebrate successes as well as process challenges and vulnerabilities. Elizabeth sees supervision as an opportunity to unpack the personal and professional complexities of being a therapist. She approaches her work with supervisees with empathy, humor, and a genuine desire to help supervisees learn and grow in multiple ways.

Elizabeth works with individuals and groups at ISC. She is grounded in a psycho-dynamic framework and tends to be process oriented in sessions, but also integrates cognitive behavioral, relational/interpersonal, feminist, and queer theories as clinically appropriate. She works with clients on a variety of concerns including gender identity, sexuality and sexual orientation, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, interpersonal relationship dynamics, and family of origin trauma.

Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Science in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. She completed her Master’s in clinical counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has completed sexual assault advocacy training and participated in a professional fellowship with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. Outside of the office, Elizabeth loves to spend time with her chihuahua and cats, binging Netflix, cooking, and reading.

Jess Miller, PsyD (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL #071009720
Staff Therapist
Clinical Supervision

As a supervisor, I’m passionate about supporting supervisees in bridging the gaps between professional and personal identities as a therapist; exploring and processing ever-evolving anxieties and joys of the work; finding your creative voice in the therapy room and using curiosity and playfulness to come to exciting depths in your treatment with clients. I love encouraging supervisees observe and unpack interpersonal dynamics, both in therapeutic and supervisory dyads. I hope to create a space where supervisees can feel comfortable sharing and examining vulnerabilities and personal weaknesses without fear of my judgment; this job is so challenging, and missteps can be just as important to the work as victories.

I am most drawn to psychodynamic theory in conceptualizing clients, though in the therapy room I tend to be more eclectic in my approach, combining feminist, narrative, client-centered, and cognitive interventions, depending on the client’s needs.

Prior to joining IntraSpectrum, I worked in primarily outpatient settings, including community mental health and college counseling centers. I got my bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and my master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My dissertation focused on exploring and understanding creativity and the mental health struggles of artists from a phenomenological viewpoint. Some of my areas of special interest include: gender identity development; grief and loss; romantic relationships; process group therapy; autism and developmental disabilities; and complex trauma.

Daniel K. Phillip, PsyD (he/him/his)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL #071009817
Senior Staff
Clinical Supervision

Dr. Phillip is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at IntraSpectrum Counseling. He views clinical supervision as an opportunity to continue developing trainees’ professional and personal identities, through a multicultural framework of awareness, knowledge and skills. Because social identities inadvertently influence one’s clinical lens, Dr. Phillip invites trainees to utilize self-reflection as one mechanism of exploring therapy work. However, he acknowledges that trainees bring their own lenses and experiences and encourages them to incorporate these in the supervision space.

In an effort to support continued learning, Dr. Phillip provides formative (i.e., ongoing, verbal, less formal) and summative (i.e., written evaluation at the end of fellowship) feedback. As a supervisor, he tends to be equal parts process and goal-oriented and encourages trainees to use the goals they have collaboratively established with him at the beginning of the supervisory relationship as anchors to gauge their learning. His supervision style is similar to his psychotherapy approach, in the sense that it is integrative; he draws mainly from multicultural, insight-oriented, and cognitive behavioral theoretical orientations. He is unapologetically himself in his professional relationships, which often involves transparency and corny analogies, and invites trainees to be equally authentic during the supervision hour.

While trained as a generalist, Dr. Phillip has centered his clinical work on supporting individuals with intersecting and marginalized identities, particularly people of color, folks with varied sexual and gender identities (e.g., LGBTQIA+, binary and non-binary identities), individuals from low-income backgrounds, immigrants, folks who engage in ethical non-monogamy, and the kink community. His areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, emerging adulthood, grief and loss, identity development, interpersonal conflict, life transitions, and trauma. Dr. Phillip earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Peters University, and both his Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology degrees from Loyola University Maryland. He completed his training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Chase Brexton Health Care, where he specialized in queer and trans health concerns through providing therapy and gender affirming procedure assessments.

Fern Pinkston, PsyD (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL #071009381
Training Director

Professional Development Supervision

Dr. Pinkston conceptualizes trainees using a multicultural and integrative-developmental model and is genuinely invested in the growth of her supervisees. She values transparency and humor in fostering meaningful connections with trainees, clients, and colleagues alike. Dr. Pinkston is process-oriented and values personal and professional integration, helping trainees to understand how their professional selves are influenced by their personal history, cultural identities/context, and personality. She prefers the supervision hour to be a space where supervisees feel safe to seek support and think critically about their work. She also values professional mentorship as a first-generation college student herself, and she aims to demystify the career development process as much as possible.

Dr. Pinkston’s approach to psychotherapy is multicultural and rooted in existential therapy, though she also draws from relational-cultural, interpersonal, narrative, trauma recovery, and queer theory frameworks. That said, she does her best to divest from the need for trainees to adopt her ways of working and instead focus on the goodness of fit between a theory and the identity and natural style of the therapist. Her goal is to assist supervisees in developing a way of working that is authentic and intentional.

Dr. Pinkston was trained as a generalist, though she works particularly well with family of origin trauma, grief/loss, abuse, assault, microaggressions/discrimination, racial/ethnic identity, coming out later in life, self-esteem, and relationship concerns. She has her B.A. in Women’s Studies and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia; M.A. and Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; completed her internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling and Psychological Services; and rounded out her training as a postdoctoral resident at the Marquette University Counseling Center. When she is not serving in her role at ISC, she teaches in the Masters in Counseling Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also enjoys writing, playing music, and cackling.