Dr. Sharon Jedel graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a major in clinical psychology. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College in trauma and PTSD. Dr. Jedel moved to Chicago in 2006 and worked in the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at Rush University Medical Center for over 16 years. At Rush, Dr. Jedel treated patients with a wide range of GI conditions, taught communication skills to medical students and met weekly with residents as part of a wellness initiative. She has also lectured about the psychological impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease at conferences throughout Chicago. Dr. Jedel completed a three-year advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis. She remains an adjunct professor at Rush University.
Dr. Jedel has known she wanted to be a clinical psychologist since the age of 12 and has been passionate for decades about her work with adults with GI problems. Dr. Jedel employs an integrative approach toward treating patients, employing cognitive behavioral and insight-oriented techniques to help patients improve their quality of life, decrease symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression and gain a better understanding of who they are. She works collaboratively with patients, relying on her patients’ subjective experiences and understanding of their bodies to help guide treatment. Dr. Jedel seeks to empathize with her patients and truly meet them where they are at. Although psychotherapy may prove challenging, Dr. Jedel is committed to the process and fully believes in a person’s capacity to change, grow and ultimately feel better.
Dr. Jedel lives with her daughter in Lakeview. She loves yoga, walks along the lakefront, modern fiction, and indie films. She is also active in her community and her daughter’s school, and issue of diversity, equity and inclusion are important to her. A large network of friends as well as extended family enriches her life and she is adamant about staying in touch with them in all ways possible – visits, emails, texting and facetime. And after living in New York City for nine years prior to moving to Chicago, an annual trip to NYC with her daughter is also a must!