Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology and has over 20 years of experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and their families.  She has successfully worked with adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce, and parenting concerns.  Her work with children, adolescents, and their families include facilitating families navigating ADHD issues, school noncompliance, divorce, mood disorders, IEP issues, oppositional defiance, and helping young adults transition into the adult stage of life. Visit Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson’s bio page at Fox Valley Institute.

Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Shirley Dorough-Carlson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychology.

The population of children/adolescents she has worked with include both inpatient and outpatient children/adolescents whose diagnoses warranted extended treatment due to developing personality disorders, as well as more brief interventions for oppositionally defiant or less behaviorally destructive children and their families. Dr. Carlson was also involved in the development of an intensive outpatient adolescent program at Christ Hospital.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Carlson taught Developmental Psychology classes to undergraduate level students. Additionally, she has led parent education classes, teacher workshops, and has conducted staffings with parents and staff in the Cicero school district.

Dr. Carlson has extensive experience in multidisciplinary settings and in working collaboratively with parents, schools, physicians, psychiatrists, and other professionals.

Dr. Dorough-Carlson also has special expertise in the following areas:

  • Abuse
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Bullying
  • Divorce
  • Family Problems
  • Giftedness
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital Concerns
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum
  • School Problems
  • Self-Harm
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Trauma
  • Work Issues


About Fox Valley Institute

Fox Valley Institute offers individual counseling, children counseling, adolescent counseling, couples counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling services, as well as psychological assessment, neurological evaluation, life coaching, RRT, the LifeLine Technique, and Christian counseling. For more information about Fox Valley Institute, please visit Fox Valley Institute – About Us.