Damita LaRue, PsyD, FT, CCISM
Psychologist | Health5547 N Ravenswood Ave Ste 103 Chicago IL, 60640
Dr. Damita LaRue is a Licensed Clinical & Health Psychologist in Chicago, IL.
Dr. LaRue is the Founder and Principal of DLA Psychology Center, a group practice that specializes in health psychology and grief & loss. They work with people who are distressed due to acute, chronic, life limiting, and terminal illnesses, as well as grief, loss, life transitions (going to college, changing jobs, retirement, etc.), and end-of-life care. They see people experiencing a variety of types of distress, including, depression, anxiety, overwhelm, stress, sadness, grief, bereavement, anger, and many others.
They approach therapy without prescribed agendas, because they know each person's journey is unique to them. They provide support to assist individuals, couples, families, and groups move toward their personal goals — whatever they may be — and help them step into a new phase of life with hope, confidence, and peace of mind.
They prioritize diversity, honoring the intersection of each person’s unique backgrounds and identities and what that means for them. Everyone is welcome at DLA regardless of age, disability, religious and spiritual beliefs, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. DLA is proud to be an ADA-compliant practice.
On a personal note, we want to remind you that despite what you are going through, this is not who you are. You can still become the person you want to be and do what you love to do, and it’s our greatest honor to help our clients see this, embrace it, and live it out.
Education and Training
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctor of Psychology degree 0
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
National Register Health Service Psychologist
Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM)
Damita LaRue, PsyD, FT, CCISM's Expert Contributions
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Psychological Association
Damita LaRue, PsyD, FT, CCISM's Practice location
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Get to know Psychologist Dr. Damita LaRue, who serves patients in Chicago, Illinois.
An established psychologist, Dr. LaRue, and her incredible team of therapists, tends to patients at her group practice – DLA PsychologyCenter – in Chicago, Illinois. She is dedicated to supporting individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing distress related to chronic, acute, life-limiting, and terminal medical diagnoses, caregiving, end-of-life and hospice, and grief & loss. These life changes affect every area of health and wellness, and she is committed to supporting patients in each one of them. She works together with patients on not just their mental and emotional health, but on their sleep, medical care, and physical wellbeing as well.
Educated in the United States, she graduated with her Doctor of Psychology degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As a Fellow in Thanatology (FT), she has extensive training and experience in death education, care of the dying, and grief counseling in order to support those experiencing loss. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, National Register Health Service Psychologist, as well as being certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM) and having advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis.
As a civilian, Dr. LaRue feels honored to work with individuals who are active duty and Veterans. She has a strong respect for those who are in the military due to having family and friends who are active duty or Veterans. Prior to moving to Alaska to work with military personnel in Anchorage, she had the privilege of being invited to attend a 2-day Military Immersion Training from the Illinois National Guard and Illinois Joining Forces.
Professionally, she has served as a therapist in public and private schools, villages in Alaska, residential substance abuse treatment programs, community mental health centers, an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital, and the Alaska VA healthcare system. She has had the opportunity to work as a mental health professional with people in many areas of the military, including: Comp & Pen, inpatient facilities, substance use treatment facilities (DOM), community organizations, primary care departments, and at the VA. She also had a research opportunity to assess how to best work with Veterans who were struggling with CPAP compliance due to PTSD symptoms.
In addition to her work as a therapist, as a Cherokee woman, Dr. LaRue’s clinical research has focused on culturally-sensitive therapeutic care for Native Americans based on multi-generational trauma and loss, as well as the use of clinical hypnosis to assist patients who have a diagnosis of PTSD with their CPAP compliance for obstructive sleep apnea.
Psychology is the science of behavior and mind. It includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope. Psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat the psychological problems and behavioral dysfunctions resulting from, or related to, physical and mental health. In addition, they play a major role in the promotion of healthy behavior, preventing diseases and improving patients’ quality of life.
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