Psychologist and SBS Coordinator
Dr. Ballewske received her Doctorate in Psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, where she completed her dissertation on the treatment of children and adolescents who question their gender identity. She completed her internship at a therapeutic day school, working in a multidisciplinary setting with kids and their families who presented with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. While in school, Dr. Ballewske completed practicum training in the following settings: in-patient and partial hospitalization child and adolescent treatment, school-based treatment services (individual and group) for children 3-6 years of age, conducted county-referred psychological assessments for children involved with DCFS or delinquency systems, and outpatient community mental health. Prior to completing her education, she was employed as a DCFS case manager for over 10 years, and therefore has a good understanding of the many treatment needs with which children and their families can present while part of the DCFS system. Her primary areas of interest include LGBTQ issues and trauma in children and adolescents, and she utilizes an integrative, client-focused approach to treatment.