Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services


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Alcohol Abuse...Drugs...Anger...Domestic Violence...Fitness for Duty...Disability... DUI...



Psychological Court-Ordered  Assessments, Evaluations and Independent Medical Examinations (IME)



DR. Michael Shery, clinical psychology

  2615 Three Oaks Rd. Ste 2A; Cary, IL 60013 847 275 8236 (24 Hrs);




Doctoral degree: University of Southern California, 1975




        Referrals accepted from Alexian Brothers, Good Shepherd, Centegra, Loyola, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic hospitals and physicians.






Counseling, Therapy and

Expert Evaluations for: 


Anxiety - Depression -Marriage -Adolescent- 

- ADHD - Alcohol -Substance Abuse -Anger - DUI - Fitness for Duty - Disability -Adoption -Domestic Violence 







 Psychological Evaluation | Independent Medical Examination (IME)

Since 1985, Affiliated Counseling and Referral Services has provided forensic psychological evaluations to defendants and defense and plaintiff attorneys.

We have experience with a variety of legal issues including:

  • Personal injury 



* Alcohol Abuse
* Fitness to Work
* Anger Management
* Violence *Domestic Abuse

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Malingering and deception 
  • Discrimination and harassment 
  • Wrongful termination 
  • Negligent hiring and retention 
  • ADA accommodation 
  • Disability determination 
  • Violence assessment 



  • Civil commitment for involuntary treatment 
  • Competence to stand trial 
  • Criminal responsibility 
  • Testamentary capacity 
  • Parental competence, child custody, and adoption 
  • Spousal maintenance 
  • Psychological malpractice 
  • Social Security Disability Determination 
  • Worker's Compensation 




Our methods are objective, fair, and defensible. We begin with a review of available records including medical and mental health treatment records, previous psychiatric and psychological evaluations, complaints, other legal records, and personnel records. We proceed with a psychological evaluation relying on objective and well-validated personality and cognitive tests, a thorough history obtained from the subject, and a current mental status assessment. We provide oral and written reports as requested.



Alcohol Abuse...Drugs...Anger...Domestic Violence...Fitness for Duty...Disability... DUI...


Psychological Assessment

Psychological assessment involves a comprehensive evaluation of certain aspects of the thoughts, feelings and behavior of an individual.

It is a process that involves drawing a total picture of a person from multiple sources, such as measures of normal and abnormal personality, tests of ability or intelligence and tests of interests or attitudes, often combined with information from personal interviews.

Collateral information (information from other sources) is also collected about personal, occupational or medical facts, such as from records or from interviews with parents, spouses, teachers, or previous therapists or physicians.

A psychological test is one of the sources of data used within the process of assessing the thoughts, feelings or behaviors of a subject; usually more than one test is used, however.

Psychological assessment, per se, is a complex, detailed and in-depth procedure. Typical purposes for psychological assessment include:

-providing a scientifically-validated diagnosis for treatment;

-to assess the level of particular areas of functioning or disability, often for educational settings;

-to help select the best type of treatment or to scientifically assess treatment results;

-to help courts decide issues including child custody, appropriate legal consequences for drunk driving, battery, domestic violence or competency to stand trial;

-or to help assess job applicants or employees and provide career development counseling or training.


IQ/Achievement and Personality Tests

There are several categories of tests that are commonly used:


IQ/Achievement Tests

IQ tests purport to be measures of intelligence, while achievement tests are measures of actual outcome on measures of comprehension in various taught areas. IQ (or cognitive) tests and achievement tests are common norm-referenced tests. In these tests, a series of tasks is presented to the subject and his responses are graded according to prescribed guidelines.

After the tests are completed, the results are usually compiled and compared to the responses of a norm group, usually composed of people the same age or grade level as the subject. Individually-administered tests are usually more comprehensive, reliable, valid and generally have better psychometric characteristics than those that are group-administered. However, they are more expensive to administer because of the need for a trained psychologist to be present.


Personality Tests

Psychological measures of personality are often described as “objective.”

These tests have a restricted response format, such as allowing for true or false answers or rating using an ordinal scale. Prominent examples of objective personality tests include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III,[5] Child Behavior Checklist,[6] Symptom Checklist 90[7] and the Beck Depression Inventory.[8]


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Dr. Mike Shery is the director of ACRS and originator of StressScreen, the next generation tool for personal injury law practices. It pre-screens injury victims for psychological prevent it from being overlooked in a claim; it’s available nationwide.  He also is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has practiced clinical psychology for approximately 24 years and is affiliated with almost all health plans, including: ValueOptions, Medicare, Cigna, Cigna Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Aetna, First Health, Healthstar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, ComPsych, Magellan Health, HFN, Tricare, Humana, most union local plans, most school district plans, Unicare, ChoiceCare, CAPP, Multiplan, Mental Health Network, Managed Health Network, PHCS, PPONext, Humana Military-Tricare, United Behavioral Health and Beech Street.


He is board certified as a specialist in professional counseling by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He a member of the American Counseling Association.


The office is located in Cary, IL, near Crystal Lake and Algonquin, northern Kane County and in southern McHenry County. In select cases, phone consultations are available for those who don’t live locally> Telephone Counseling.


To make an appointment>New Patient Registration  or to learn more about the psychological services he provides call him at 1-847-275-8236 (24 Hrs).










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Listed in the provider directories of:


Aetna Behavioral Health




Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO


United Health

United Behavioral Health

Cigna Behavioral Health

PPO Next

Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)



First Health




Beech Street



Union Local plans

School District plans


Preferred Mental Health Management (PMHM)

Mental Health Network (MHN)

Magellan Health





the Mental Health Provider Directory

the Provider Directory

Most Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

All Motor Vehicle Insurers (for auto accident trauma)

All Workers Comp Programs (for work injuries)

and many more...


Services for:

Panic Disorder

Post-Concussion Syndrome


Addiction Counseling

Adult ADHD Treatment

Anger Counseling Management

Anorexia Bulimia Treatment

Counseling Management Stress

Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Management

Stress Management

Anxiety Depression Treatment Center

Psychiatric Hospitalization

Suicide Prevention

Center for Psychotherapy

Center for Counseling Services

Child and Family Counseling

Counseling Marriage

Centegra Horizons

Horizons Behavioral Health

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health

Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Treatment Center

Marital Counseling

Online Phone Counseling

Phone Counseling

Psychological Test

Teen Counseling


Psychiatric Medication

Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory


Social Security Disability

Workers Compensation

Victim of Malpractice

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In-Office Services are located in Cary, Illinois and are convenient if you're coming from: 

  • Algonquin,
  • Northern Kane County, Illinois
  • Cary,
  • Crystal Lake,
  • Lake-in-the-Hills,
  • Barrington,
  • Elgin,
  • Dundee,
  • Gilberts,
  • Fox River Grove,
  • McHenry 
  • Southern McHenry County Illinois



Depression treatment

Couple counseling

Family and Marriage Counselor

Counseling Therapy

Counseling Services

Counselor Marriage 

Depression Treatment Center 

Divorce Counseling

Adolescent Counseling

Drug Abuse Treatment

Child ADHD Treatment

Drug Addiction Counseling

Eating Disorder Treatment 

Family Counseling

Drug Counselor

Relationship Counseling

Family Counselor

Family Psychiatric Treatment



Bipolar Treatment

Anxiety Treatment

ADHD Treatment

Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Pre-Marriage Counseling

Pre-Marital Counseling

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Behavioral Medicine

Personality Testing

ADHD Testing

Counselor Psychotherapist

Partial Hospitalization

Drug Treatment Program

Intensive Outpatient Therapy

Intensive Therapy

Bereavement Counseling

Grief and Loss

Geriatric Psychotherapy

Geriatric Psychology

Geriatric Psychiatry


More Services:

Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder

Alcoholism Treatment

Psychological Counseling

Psychiatric Treatment

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy