Leigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D. Chicago Campus

"I inspire students with my passion, help   
expand their minds, and apply knowledge  
to become socially responsible practitioners."  
 
– Leigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D.

"I inspire students with my passion, help
expand their minds, and apply knowledge
to become socially responsible practitioners."

– Leigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D.

Leigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D.
Associate Professor, Psy.D. Program
Coordinator, Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy Emphasis

As a professional, I am particularly interested in Individual Psychology, mood disorders, women’s issues, spirituality, and crisis intervention.

As a teacher, I strive for authenticity in Adlerian theory by demonstrating principles of the golden rule, equality, acceptance of difference, and responsibility for the common good. I strive to inspire students with my passion, help them expand their minds, and apply this knowledge to become better clinicians and socially responsible practitioners. The tools I use are lecture, class discussion led by me or a student, shared inquiry, reflection papers, discussion via electronic resources, professional movies, pop culture movies, role plays, mock therapy, and peer teaching in small groups.

I feel strongly about Adler University and what differentiates us. We offer students important skills and knowledge for the therapy room, but also important skills and knowledge for creating larger, systemic changes. And we are Adlerian—we are one of the few schools that value the theory, teach it, challenge it, and practice it on a clinical and community level. We are holism in action.

Please email or call me 312.662.4344 if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)
  • Psy.D., Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology)
  • M.A., Counseling, Adler University (formerly Adler School of Professional Psychology)
  • B.A., English, Minor, International Studies, Trinity University

Licensure

  • Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), 2002–2009
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Treatment Certification, 1996
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP), Illinois

Professional Memberships

  • Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)
  • North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP)

Select Publications

  • Dr. Johnson-Migalski is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Individual Psychology.
  • Johnson-Migalski, L., & Watkins, K. (in press). Style of Life. In V. Zeigler, & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Johnson-Migalski, L., Huo, D., & Sesso Osburn, F. (in press). Social Interest. In V. Zeigler, & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Carlson, J., Johnson-Migalski, L., & Spriggs, E. (2017). Adlerian couples therapy. In R. J. Chenail, & M. D. Reiter, (Eds.). Case Conceptualization in Couples Counseling. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Carlson, J., Johnson-Migalski, L., & Spriggs, E. (2017). Using life style information to work effectively with African-American couples. Adlerian Yearbook.
  • Rasmussen, P. R., & Johnson-Migalski, L. (2014). Swimming upstream: Identifying and overcoming therapeutic challenges—Part 1. Journal of Individual Psychology, 70(3), 251-268.
  • Fleck, J., & Johnson-Migalski, L. (2015). The impact of social media on personal and professional lives: An Adlerian perspective. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(2), 135-142.
  • Maniacci, M., & Johnson-Migalski, L. (2013). Conceptualization and treatment of trauma and self-destructive behavior: The Individual Psychology perspective. Journal of Individual Psychology, 69(3), 169-185.
  • Johnson-Migalski, L. (2011). A paradoxical strategy for suicidal clients: A more useful form of revenge. Journal of Individual Psychology, 67(1), 31-40.

Select Presentations

  • Theories and Treatment of Suicide. Where Do Adlerians Stand?, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, June 2010
  • Successful Striving or Failing to Thrive?: A Graduate Student Forum, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, June 2010
  • Guilt: A Comparison of Individual Psychology to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TAP Talks Lecture Series Sponsored by North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, January 2010
  • Adlerian Theory and Interventions with Suicidal Clients, Annual Meeting of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, June 2009
  • Adlerian Theory, Adler School of Professional Psychology, September 2008

Awards

  • Outstanding Service Recognition Award, IL Emergency Rooms of Ravenswood and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 2004