Author of “The Perfectionism Workbook”
I founded Chicago Counseling Center in 2011 with the express interest in providing highly specialized and individualized help for people struggling with common issues we all face (stress, self-doubt, and difficulties in personal and professional relationships), as well as lesser-understood mental health disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety and Panic Disorders, and Specific Phobias.
While completing my M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from University of San Diego, I worked at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center where I provided therapy for adolescents and their family members. After graduating, I moved to Chicago and began working at a local behavioral health hospital, first as a therapist in their Eating Disorder program and later as both a therapist and clinical supervisor in their Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. I have completed the International OCD Foundation’s (IOCDF) Behavioral Therapy Training Institute and am currently a board member for OCD Midwest (a division of IOCDF). In addition, I am a clinical advisor for the CBT-based app and online treatment program “NOCD” and provide clinical training in evidence-based treatment for their OCD specialists.
To me, one of the most important parts of counseling is the therapeutic relationship itself. I enjoy getting to know who people are separate from any type of diagnosis they may have received or problems they are currently experiencing. Thus I take a strengths-based approach to my work, meaning that I help you identify positive qualities and abilities you already possess in order to guide you in using those same assets and capabilities to manage intense emotions, improve your self-esteem, and strengthen your relationships.
I commonly use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to assist you in understanding how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all influence one another. Much of what we feel and how we act stems from what we think, either about ourselves or about others and the world around us; by learning how to identify and challenge negative and self-destructive thoughts, we can better handle our emotional reactions in any given situation.
Overall I tend to blend a mix of therapeutic styles and strategies in order to best meet your particular needs. For individuals struggling with OCD, Panic Attacks, Anxiety Disorders and Phobias, I use both CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques. The combination of CBT and ERP has been proven to be the most effective form of treatment for Anxiety and OCD. I incorporate Mindfulness techniques into my treatment as well, as recent research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is highly effective for OCD, Anxiety, and Depression. I don’t just use these methods because of research, though–time and time again I have personally witnessed these approaches help hundreds of people for whom no other types of treatment have worked.
It takes wisdom to acknowledge and admit that you need help, and it takes courage to actually seek it out. If you have made it this far, I encourage you to give me a call to see how I can help you with whatever it may be that is causing you distress or unrest at this point in your life. Although it can be hard to see at times, there is always hope for the future.
Specialties: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and Perfectionism*
Phone: (773)932-9597 ext. 2 E-mail: email@example.com
*I am pleased to announce that my first self-help book, “The Perfectionism Workbook: Proven Strategies to End Procrastination, Accept Yourself, and Achieve Your Goals” is now out.