Ms. Grimm earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling in 2000 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Prior she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1994 from North Central College. Ms. Grimm also completed her Psy. D. coursework in Clinical Psychology. She completed her Master’s and Psy. D therapy practica at Allendale Association and Omni Youth Services where she provided individual and family therapy, co-facilitated groups for adolescents and adults, mentored adolescent girls, and offered crisis intervention. Her Psy. D. diagnostic practicum was completed at North Shore Wellness Center where she conducted psychological testing and assessment for children, adolescents, and adults..
Ms. Grimm facilitates individual, group, family, and couples therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her areas of expertise include developmental delays, learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, school refusal, social skills, grief, parenting, family relationships, dual diagnosis, anger management and behavioral issues. In addition, Ms. Grimm conducts psychological and neuropsychological testing under the supervision of Dr. Jezl. Ms. Grimm also provides parent education classes, psychoeducational consulting, and professional development. Ms. Grimm is a trainer for several evidenced-based behavioral health interventions that may be utilized in private practice and the school setting.
Before joining the CDCW staff, Ms. Grimm worked as a psychoeducational consultant in various schools in Illinois and Nevis, West Indies conducting psychoeducational evaluations to determine if students were eligible for special education services. She has a strong background in the 504/IEP process that includes developing learning and behavioral strategies, accommodations, and creating goals to help students succeed. Ms. Grimm has facilitated psychoeducational groups in schools and private practice focusing on grief, anger management (for children, adolescents and adults), trauma, parenting, social skills, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and girls’ issues In addition, Ms. Grimm was a city-wide administrator with Chicago Public Schools supporting elementary and high schools with evidenced-based behavioral health interventions. Ms. Grimm was also a center director and tutor in Ann Arbor, MI. She tutored preschool to high school children with dyslexia and other learning challenges in Orton-Gillingham phonics, reading, writing, study skills, math, ACT prep, and provided homework support. She was a therapist for Allendale Association and The Family Stress Clinic,. She was also an adjunct professor for DeVry University teaching undergraduate classes in psychology and sociology.