Tamara Spratley, Psy.D.
Adolescents, Families, and Adults
Dr. Tamara Spratley, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in our St. Charles office, works with adolescents and adults, with particular focus in areas relating to eating disorders; self-harm; anxiety and depression, including postpartum depression; chronic pain; trauma; sexual abuse; self-esteem; body image; family conflict; and substance abuse.
Dr. Spratley is passionate about the psychological treatment of individuals struggling with eating disorders and has assisted many clients in moving toward effective and lasting change. She has worked extensively with clients in all levels of care, including intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient programs. In addition, Dr. Spratley has experience leading eating disorder support groups and has been interviewed by television and radio programs for psychological comments on eating disorders, self-esteem, body image, and issues related to adolescent development.
“Food is often the source of anxiety that fuels the struggle with an eating disorder. Therapy is imperative in helping the individual challenge their eating disorder thoughts, behaviors, and emotions around food to assist in recovery.”
With approaches that involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family therapy, and experiential techniques, Dr. Spratley supports and challenges clients as they work through thoughts, behaviors, and emotions in order to decrease their anxiety around food and to develop a healthy attitude around eating and body image.
Dr. Spratley believes effective treatment of chronic pain involves addressing the needs of the mind as well as the body.
“The mind-body link as related to chronic pain cannot be ignored. The emotional toll of chronic pain can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers; moreover, these negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle.”
Dr. Spratley earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship in child clinical/pediatric psychology at Michigan State University-Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, and a fellowship in pediatric psychology at The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. She received the majority of her professional training working with children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings at the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Dr. Spratley’s Areas of Focus Include:
Eating disorders; chronic pain; adult ADD/ADHD; anger management; anxiety; behavior issues; bipolar disorder; substance abuse; depression; divorce and separation; domestic violence; stress; gambling issues; medical issues; obsessive-compulsive disorder; postpartum depression; PTSD, self-harm; sexual addiction; sexual abuse; and sexual assault