DR. GRETCHEN A. BOULES
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST - Founder and President of Boules Clinical Psychology Group, PLLC
Dr. Boules is a licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Burr Ridge, Illinois, and has been in private practice since 1995. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1988 and attended Loyola University in Rome, Italy in 1987.
She completed her Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 1992. She completed her APA approved predoctoral internship at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.
While at University at Buffalo, Dr. Boules field-tested a psychoeducational group for adult survivors of sexual abuse for Dr. Christine Courtois. Subsequently, she was acknowledged in Dr. Courtois' book, Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model. Dr. Boules also has extensive training from Loyola University's Sexual Dysfunction Clinic with Dr. Domeena Renshaw.
Dr. Boules completed her Masters in Psychopharmacology in 2017 from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University. Dr. Boules completed a certificate in biological sciences from Northwestern University in 2016 and completed her PEP National Exam and 9 medical rotations including psychiatry, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, family practice and internal medicine at Linden Oaks Hospital and Amita Health Systems.
Dr. Boules currently provides disability examinations for America's veterans as an independent contractor with QTC in their Bedford Park, IL clinic. QTC is the largest provider of government-outsourced disability and occupational health examination services in the nation. They have a 35 year history that has been marked by an extraordinary focus on quality, timeliness and customer service.
Dr. Boules served as the Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Clinical Psychology training program at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL from 1992 – 1999. She provided psychological services for the entire behavioral health services at MacNeal, which included inpatient psychiatry, outpatient day program, and the substance abuse program. She provided psychological assessment, individual and group psychotherapy and hypnosis to inpatients and outpatients. She also provided consultation to adult and adolescent and psychiatric and substance abuse patients and supervised all behavioral health program development activities and developed and implemented a psychoeducational outpatient group for adult survivors of sexual abuse. Dr. Boules also developed a health psychology track within the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation center, transitional care unit, fertility center, and cancer center. She also provided consultation for bariatric patients prior to and after surgery.
As the Training Director for the Clinical Psychology program, Dr. Boules collaborated with the psychiatric training program, providing clinical supervision in psycho diagnostics and psychotherapy, as well as classroom instruction to psychology trainees from a variety of graduate schools and psychiatric residents from the University of Chicago and Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Boules developed and implemented the psychology training program for practicum students and graduate interns. Dr. Boules received APPIC approval for the psychology internship program.
Dr. Boules was also an adjunct faculty member at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL during the late 1990s. She taught: Introduction to Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Adolescent Development and Learning, Introduction to Clinical Psychology and Human Services Administration.
Dr. Boules has memberships with the American Psychological Association, the Illinois Psychological Association, and with the Chicago Society for Clinical Hypnosis where she held the office of President from 2000 – 2002, Vice President from 1998 – 2000 and Newsletter Editor from 1996 – 1998. Dr. Boules is also a board member of the Illinois Association for Prescribing Psychologists (IAPP) and holds the office of Secretary.
Before Dr. Boules transitioned into the field of Psychology she received a piano performing arts scholarship from Drake University in 1984 and was studying to become a concert pianist. Dr. Boules studied piano since the age of 5 in New York state, St. Louis, Boston and Chicago. Dr. Boules received third place in her first piano competition in Ontario, Canada at the age of 8. She continues her study and love of classical piano through teaching and yearly competitions and adult Masters recitals as an amateur pianist. More recently, Dr. Boules has placed in the following piano competitions in her age group: In 2013, she received First Place in the Grandquist Music Competition where she played Claude Debussy Clair De Lune at the Concert Level; in 2014 she received Second Place at the 54th Annual Illinois Music Association Competition in her age group where she performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Humoresque Op. 10, No. 5; in 2015 Dr. Boules received First Place at the Illinois Music Association Competition performing Franz Schubert’s Impromptu Op 142 No. 2, and in 2016 she received First Place performing Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena classical piano solo.
She studied under several renowned concert pianists from around the world. i.e., Hungarian concert pianist, Miklos Ivanich, who won the Liszt prize in 1956; Dr. Bela Nagy from Boston University; George Banhalmi from the North Shore Music Center; Dr. Teresa Hurwitz, graduate of Juliard and professor at University of Michigan; and concert pianist and professor Dennis Dorris. She continues her study and love of classical piano through teaching and yearly competitions and adult Masters recitals as an amateur pianist.
Music has always been an important part of her life and Dr. Boules believes there is a direct connection between music and the mind and psychotherapy. When you learn a piece for the first time the music on the page is a sea of notes. After much practice and understanding of the music, patterns are created and notes become music with meaning. The same holds true for the human story. When individuals seek therapy they learn to make sense of their thoughts, feelings and actions. Through work and reflection patterns are seen more clearly and an individual's own unique story starts to unfold.
When Dr. Boules isn’t in her office, you can find her teaching or playing in classical piano competitions throughout the year. Dr. Boules has also been a student and practitioner of Hatha yoga for over 10 years and has incorporated this traditional mind/body practice into her work. Dr. Boules also enjoys family time, cooking her family’s favorite meals as well as maintaining her own balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Boules has dual citizenship with the U.S. and Canada.
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