Dr. Strauss is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Chicago and the Pennsylvania State University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She began her professional career with a private psychiatric practice in Lombard, Illinois, offering psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and families. She was also affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois. In 1998, Dr. Strauss relocated to Vero Beach, secured her Florida license and began working with a private psychiatric group. She currently has beach and mainland offices in Vero Beach and is on the Adjunct faculty of IRSC teaching Psychology.