About Us

Dr. Paul Smiley

Dr. Paul Smiley is a board-certified clinical psychologist. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, and concerns related to health and wellness. Dr. Smiley received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then attended Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, where he received his doctorate in 2007. Dr. Smiley has been licensed in Illinois since 2008. He was awarded the rare distinction of board certification in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2012.

Dr. Smiley completed an APA-accredited internship at Bay Pines Veterans’ Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2007. He continued his work with veterans as a staff psychologist at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, Dr. Smiley returned to his roots in Chicago, where he worked at the James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (FHCC; formerly the North Chicago VA).

Dr. Smiley is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and is on staff at Lake Forest Hospital. Dr. Smiley is a member of the American Board of Clinical Psychology, a fellow within the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He actively serves on national oral examination committees evaluating candidates applying for board certification in clinical psychology.


Tome Travers

Tome Travers is a marriage and family therapist. Her treatment background includes working with depression and anxiety related to trauma and abuse in families, individuals, and groups. Tome earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014, she received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from what is now known as Adler University.

Tome is also an experienced preschool teacher, working with children ages 4 and 5 in a play-based environment using the Reggio Emilia approach. This approach focuses on student-centered and experiential learning. By using the environment and relationships, learning happens seamlessly through the children’s interests and ideas. This teaching approach fits in well with Tome’s approach to therapy, and works well with children, adolescents, and young adults, allowing Tome to create strong and trusting relationships with her clients.


Abby Goldberg

Abby Goldberg is a licensed professional counselor.Her treatment background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from mental health issues ranging from anxiety and depression to personality disorders and trauma. Abby earned her bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree from Northwestern University.

Abby started her work in crisis intervention with Crisis Text Line, which lead her to earning her LPC. She creates a personalized approach to support clients using a variety of modalities, such as CBT, DBT, ACT, play, and art therapy. During semi-structured sessions, Abby will help you connect your experiences with who you are today, in order to learn how to enjoy life as your best self.


Alyssa Pearlstein

Alyssa Pearlstein is an ASWB licensed social worker. She specializes in working with people facing new medical diagnoses, grief, and trauma. She received her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of Iowa and, in 2017, her master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.

During her education, Alyssa completed internships at NorthShore University Health System and at a domestic violence intervention program women’s shelter. Alyssa has experience working in a hospital setting with patients recovering from cancer, stroke, and chronic illness. She also has assisted patients experiencing trauma, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, or the sudden loss of a love one.