Back / Leslie Brankin, PsyD

Director of Young Adult PHP/IOP

Dr. Brankin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, having earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. She also earned her terminal Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling in 2009, also from The Chicago School. She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in several different settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities and schools. Dr. Brankin completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at a local behavioral health hospital where she managed an individual caseload, created and facilitated therapeutic groups, maintained the milieu and assisted in the clinical training of graduate level clinicians. Prior to joining the Compass team, Dr. Brankin served as one of the Clinical Administrators and Coordinator of the Diagnostic Program, at a therapeutic day school located in the Northwest suburbs. In this role, she assisted in overseeing all students within the school, conducted individual and family therapy with clients, facilitated student intakes, and assisted with the clinical training program and supervision of graduate student clinicians.  


Clinically, Dr. Brankin typically utilizes an integrative approach to treat a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders, which includes incorporating approaches associated with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and a Relational framework. Dr. Brankin’s approach is collaborative and strength-based, with the goal of empowering the client to make changes that will lead to a more fulfilling way of experiencing their world. She very much values the client-therapist relationship and sees this as an important catalyst in aiding discovery, growth, and ultimately change.