Karla Steingraber, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
IMGCA Certified Mental Game Coach
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Dr. Karla Steingraber is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a certified Mental Game Coach. Or, as a others like to say about her, she’s “a freaking superhero. You push people’s boundaries in the best way, helping them grow.”

As a sports psychologist Dr. Steingraber helps people perform their best on the field and off. She drives clients to success by helping them recognize the connection between their feelings and actions. She expertly guides people to articulate their needs and goals, helping them to face and overcome fears or mixed emotions that can lead to self-sabotage.

As a certified Mental Game Coach (IMGCA), Dr. Steingraber teaches clients to identify mental barriers. She provides a proven mental skills system to improve performance in competition and to help build confidence and maximize performance.

Dr. Steingraber’s deep insight is informed by her own experience as a competitive athlete, having competed in horseback riding, skiing and marathon running. She’s also trained in social and ballroom dance and enjoys weight lifting and working with a personal trainer to build strength. She is insightful, compassionate and driven to bring you results.

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Clinical Background

Dr. Steingraber completed her BA at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill’s teaching hospital, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department of the ER, transitional day program, and in MUSIC, the LGBT clinic where she conducted individual, couples, family, and ongoing group therapy. She worked with issues relating to sexual orientation, relationships and marriage, and substance use.

Dr. Steingraber finished her residency in neuropsychology at RENEW and LifeQuest in Sheridan, Wyoming while working for a residential treatment program for adults with a brain injury and brain trauma. In her clinical work she has specialized in child development and parenting work as well as suicide prevention and issues that arise in LGBT relationships and adults dealing with life transitions. She founded her ongoing private practice, Aprioris, in Northbrook in 2009.

Professional Affiliations

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology, Vice Chairman
IPAIC (Illinois Psychological Association Internship Consortium)
MCYAF (Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation), Treasurer and Fundraising Co-Chair
North Shore Alliance for Psychotherapists