Everyone needs help navigating life’s issues and complexities from time to time. Sometimes these challenges can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or frustration. I want to help you on your personal journey as you traverse life’s obstacles. I am confident that each of my clients hold the capacity to overcome adversity, make healthy life choices, and lead happy and productive lives.
My therapeutic approach is tailored to best serve my client’s personal needs. I utilize a holistic approach to therapy, which considers the entire human being and collective life experiences. My practice includes physical and spiritual context as well as mental well being.
I have worked with a broad range of populations including but not limited to Depression and Mood Disorders, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem Issues, and Life Coaching.
I was born in Zavitinsk, Russia, in 1981, in the region of the river, Amur, where my father was stationed as an officer. About ten years later, in 1992, my mother's side of the family and I had immigrated to the United States.
In DePaul University, where I had gone for my college studies, I had initially wanted to major in philosophy, as I was looking for answers about the world and our existence in it. One may say that I was going through a kind of an existential crisis, and existential studies seemed like the logical route to take. Alas, as I had soon come to understand, the component of scientific investigation was integral to my quest, and I had therefore ended up choosing psychology as my major.
After graduating De Paul, I went on to continue my education at the Northeastern University graduate school, where I had earned the degree of School Counselor. However, it was in the direction of clinical counseling that my heart desired to go, and I had thus pushed forward to pass the exam for “Licenced Clinical Professional Counselor” (LCPC).
In the end, I have learned that what is essential is to learn to believe in one's self and to engage in the appropriate activities to do so. As it is said in the movie, Field of Dreams, "If you build it, he will come." That is what I wish for you, my dear reader, to find your dreams.
Nereyda has been working in healthcare since the age of 16. She has worked for primary care physicians, rehabilitation centers and Northwest Community Hospital Emergency Room. Nereyda is also a TMS specialist (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
Currently she is responsible for scheduling and quality assurance systems, working with outside agencies as well as staff to ensure smooth and accurate operations.
In addition to all of this, Nereyda answers the phone and staffs the reception desk. Nereyda is capable, has an inordinate amount of common sense, and is an extremely nice lady. We are fortunate to have her with us.
Nereyda has a passion for music and loves to travel.
Dr. Didenko was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States in 1991 at the age of 18.
He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Psychology with Highest Honors and completed residency in Psychiatry from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where he also served as the Chief Resident. During his training, he was recognized for excellence in education with outstanding teaching awards from the medical students at the Stritch School of Medicine.
He became a staff member at ABBHH in 2009, where he continues to practice today, integrating inpatient as well as outpatient services into his practice. Dr. Didenko enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.
Dr. Didenko is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (ABBHH).
Dr. Maloy-Matuzik attended undergraduate at Saint Xavier University and graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Psychology and Clinical Counseling in 2002. She then entered the doctoral program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and graduated as a Doctor of Psychology in 2009 with a specialty in Addiction and Recovery.
While attending the Adler School, Dr. Maloy-Matuzik was able to engage in research with fellow students and her professor utilizing neuropsychological testing to address learning and behavioral disorders. This research was presented at several professional conferences. Dr. Maloy-Matuzik completed internships in community mental health, Forensic Psychology and Addiction while simultaneously working as a Police Crisis Worker in the Near West Suburbs of Chicago.
Shortly after graduating from her doctoral program, Dr. Maloy-Matuzik became employed by Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital at the Center for Addiction Medicine, outpatient program. Dr. Maloy-Matuzik helped to develop program curriculum and was an ongoing presenter in their Family Night education program. Dr. Maloy-Matuzik remained in this role for just under 5 years before transitioning into private practice. She has recently returned as an allied staff member who provides therapy consults for inpatient clients.
Dr. Maloy-Matuzik currently has 13 years of experience and, through her various career experiences, has adopted a client-centered approach to therapy. Dr. Maloy-Matuzik truly believes in developing a strong rapport with each client in order to facilitate the development and utilization of practical, pro-active treatment goals. Dr. Maloy-Matuzik aims to help each person find creative options to lead them towards confidence, peace and fulfillment.
Dr. Maloy-Matuzik works with an adult population to address any of the following issues: Depression, Anxiety, Addiction and Recovery, Mood Disorders, Marriage and Pre-Marriage Counseling, Professional Communication, Life Adjustment Issues, Grief and Bereavement and Retirement Coaching.
Dr. Maloy-Matuzik does not have free time, as she’s often chasing two young daughters; however, she truly enjoys traveling, documentaries, and cooking.
Dr. Matuzik is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (ABBHH).