About Dr. Joseph McNally
I have always felt compelled to engage in a profession in which I could help people. Looking back, this may stem from values instilled in me by my parents. My mother was a social worker who worked with families in need of support, and my father was an attorney who often took on cases advocating for the underdog. Their examples helped to frame my desire to work with individuals directly, making a real difference in people’s lives, rather than taking a corporate job.
When I was first in medical school, I thought I was on a path to becoming a pediatrician. I knew then that I wanted to work with children and help people, but after my first 6-week rotation in pediatrics, I decided that doing routine child wellness visits—while important—might not be for me. At the time, the field of child psychiatry was emerging, and I was lucky enough to secure a rotation under the supervision of the only child psychiatrist on campus. He was an excellent mentor, and it was that experience that shifted my professional path into psychiatry. And, my additional training in child psychiatry followed the completion of my training to become an adult general psychiatrist.
My training is based on the intersections of biology and medication management while understanding and appreciating the value and importance of therapy. I’m especially interested in the positive impact that can come through a combination of therapy and medication. I do not push medication. Rather, I see it as a tool or option in the treatment process. While medication can help mitigate symptoms and is sometimes a necessary part of treatment, I take a balanced approach to prescribing and monitoring medication, which I think is vital in a society in which medication is often overprescribed and seen as a quick fix. Again, there are times and conditions in which medication alone is incredibly helpful and necessary. But, I also see the need most often for its use in combination with therapy and the valuable insights and skills that different therapeutic modalities, such as CBT and behavioral intervention therapies, can provide in the long-term.
I believe in creating relationships with my clients and being much more than a doctor who writes prescriptions and periodically checks in. I enjoy the connected relationship that can be created over time and being able to see the progress my clients make. I have been treating some clients for over a decade, and I have seen multiple people within different generations of the same family. I truly enjoy interacting with my clients, and I am told that I’m personable, engaging, have a good sense of humor and connect easily with people. I also take more time with my clients, scheduling 30-minute medication management sessions rather than 15-minute appointments, which is standard for some psychiatrists. I make myself accessible between appointments. I am responsive in a crisis and take the time to coordinate care among treatment team members in situations where collaboration is key.
In addition to providing outpatient psychiatric care at the Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry, I provide inpatient, emergency care at Streamwood Behavioral Health Hospital as a staff psychiatrist. I recently stepped down as medical director in order to give more time and energy to the Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry. The children, teenagers and adults that I see at Streamwood are admitted in crisis. They are in need of immediate stabilization so they can be discharged from the hospital and move into outpatient treatment. While I have done this work for years and handle crisis well, I love balancing this often intense work with my outpatient private practice at the Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry.
I am deeply committed to my work, but understand and value the importance of creating a life/work balance. When outside of the office or hospital, I love to travel, as well as play and watch sports of all kinds.
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Dr. Joseph McNally, MD earned his B.S. in Biology at Creighton University; attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine; completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor; and did his fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals in child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition to outpatient private practice, Dr. McNally is a staff psychiatrist at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System. Throughout his career, Dr. McNally has provided psychiatric care to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of healthcare settings and presented on topics ranging from OCD to ADHD.