Our goal at Rockford Psychiatric Medical Services is to combine compassionate mental health treatment with the most advanced medical treatment options available in order to effectively treat emotional suffering.
William J. Giakas, M.D.
Dr. Giakas completed his psychiatry residency at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, and the Subspecialites of Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and the Law) and Geriatric Psychiatry. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Giakas is a frequent lecturer, a speaker for the pharmaceutical industry, and is an expert consultant for a variety of legal issues.
Lynn Wheeler, APN
Lynn is a licensed Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive experience in the mental health field and has worked in various treatment settings, both as a clinician and as an administrator.
Jean Cooper, MS, LCPC, CADC
Jean joined Rockford Psychiatric Medical Services as a full time psychotherapist in 2000. Jean is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She earned M.S. in Applied Family and Child Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. from Bradley University. Jean has experience in family, child, adolescent, individual, marital and group therapy as well as addictions counseling. She has specific training in solution-focused therapy, sexual issues, drug and alcohol treatment, child and adolescent development, and parenting issues.
Brenda Beard, LCSW
Brenda is a licensed clinical social worker with 23 years of experience in a variety of treatment settings. She joined the practice in 2013 and has expertise in individual, family and group therapy, and treats clients of all ages. Brenda approaches the treatment of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, childhood sexual abuse, atttachement issues and other problems from a range of perspectives including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, spirituality, and mindfullness meditiation, and she is grounded in the foundations of the biological manifestations of mental illness and therapy approaches.
Brenda's warmth, unconditional acceptance and humor quickly sets people at ease. Your therapeutic relationship becomes the building block to safely explore and resolve the pain and symptoms that trouble you.
"Our work together is about finding out what negative self esteem messages, behaviors, or memories stand in the way of feeling more empowered and balanced. By learning new ways to experience emotions, thoughts, and challenging excperiences, your inner capacity to accept life and grow personally will emerge. I look forward to the opportunity to help you live a more joyful, peaceful, and mindful life."