About Dr. Brietzke

Meet Dr. Brietzke

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Colin Brietzke, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist

My name is Dr. Colin Brietzke and I am a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist.

I specialize in understanding the relationship between the brain and behavior, and the evaluations I perform can shed light on problems that have seemed impossible to overcome. The rest of this page describes my background and clinical work. For more information about my forensic evaluations, please visit this page.

Neuropsychological Testing

Many new patients walk through the door anxious about the testing process. All of the unknowns of being evaluated can be stressful. So, we start by discussing the process to ensure our meeting is as comfortable and informative as possible. My goal is to answer people’s questions by seeing every patient as a person and integrating cutting-edge assessment tools. We meet again a week or two later to review the results and give you a written report detailing cognitive, emotional, and academic functioning. We go over diagnosis, but more importantly, we discuss practical treatment recommendations designed to help people create real changes in their lives. Evaluations in my clinic are also time-consuming and shouldn’t be considered a quick fix. But, the amount of time spent doing the evaluation allows us to understand the real cause of the difficulties you are experiencing. That is what I believe helps people get better.

Why I Founded Chicagoland Neuropsychology

I founded Chicagoland Neuropsychology in 2011 because truly comprehensive testing was often harder to come by than it should be. Individuals seeking clarity about their neuropsychological health should have reliable access to it. I was also concerned about a trend I perceived in my field, often termed the “diagnose and adios” approach. Diagnosing is just the beginning; it is worth little if patients don’t understand this diagnosis clearly. I saw many patients who received technical reports that left more questions than answers. At Chicagoland Neuropsychology, I wanted to move away from this. Instead, the goal was to provide not just an accurate diagnosis but also a clear and actionable roadmap. A guide that offers straightforward information about the diagnosis and practical steps to make informed decisions moving forward.

Background and Training

I have a Master’s degree in forensic psychology, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. In that doctorate, I focused on clinical neuropsychology. After completing my post-doctoral residency, I started Chicagoland Neuropsychology. Previous employment and internships were in a variety of different settings. These included community mental health, PTSD treatment, forensic settings, and outpatient neuropsychological testing. When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with family, mountain biking, and gardening. I’ve always felt a need to go out and explore, so traveling, camping, and hiking are at the top of my list.