Dr. Brand has been practicing psychology for twenty-nine years. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern Universtiy, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Brand has had training and experience in helping children, adolescents, couples, and individual adults at various life-cycle stages. She has worked with issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, relationship problems, trauma, and loss.
Dr. Brand is an adjunct faculty member at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, where she teaches a family therapy course. She is a faculty member at the Chicago Center For Family Health, which is a post-graduate clinical training program that uses a Systemic Strength and Resilience model in guiding clinical health care providers.
Dr. Brand seeks to understand and help guide people in her practice by understanding them in context of past and present systems and experiences, which have influenced them. Her work involves an understanding of both issues and symptoms, which constrain people, as well as strengths and beliefs that have been useful and meaningful to them. Theoretically, she practices with a systemic, strength and resilience based approach. Dr. Brand incorporates several clincal models that can be used as needed for the particular problem presented.