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New OCD Topical Support Group Has Started

Support Group for individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, family, friends, and those who want to learn more about OCD and effective treatments. Local OCD experts will present on specific topics each session, followed by Q&A and open discussion.

See the calendar here for upcoming group topics

Contact Katie Riehman, LPC at kriehman@dascchicago.com or 773-234-7420 to register, for more information, or to submit questions for a particular session. 

Held: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month, 7-8:30pm

Cost: Suggested $10 donation per session

Location: Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago (DASC) 3047 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 400

DBT Program Expanding

We currently have three Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups running. Dr. Katie Berg runs an advanced group at 4 pm on Fridays. Ms. Kerry Curran runs a skills group on Wednesdays at 4 pm. Both groups focus on life skills such as emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness skills. 

What is DBT? You can read a great article about it from The New York Times here.

A new group for teens and young adults started on Mondays in early June.

All groups can take referrals at any time. Call one of the leaders, Ms. Kerry Curran, to find out more at 773-494-5505 or email kcurran@dascchicago.com .

Assessment Services at DASC

Are you or a student in your family struggling with academic issues? DASC offers a full range of psychological testing services. We are ideally equipped to assess adolescents and adults with learning problems, ADHD, and other academic struggles. 

If you have questions or are not sure what services you might need, contact us at 773-494-5505. We can answer all your questions.

Insurance Accepted at DASC

Good treatment is not only for those with unlimited resources. We know what a burden the cost of treatment can be. That is why we are proud to be in-network providers for Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, Medicare, and TriCare. We will also work with all other insurers out-of-network.

We also have other low cost options. We have top quality psychology and social work students from the best area University training programs. No matter your financial situation, we do all we can to help. Call us at 773-494-5505 to see if we have the services you need.

Child and Adolescent Services at DASC

With the addition of Ms. Stephanie Wroblewski, LCSW to the staff at DASC, we have more ability than ever to provide quality services to children and adolescents with mood, anxiety or behavioral issues. Prior to joining DASC, Ms. Wroblewski worked within the state of Illinois Early Intervention Program, providing case management and social work services to children and families throughout the city of Chicago. 

Now working in coordination with Dr. Thomas Alm here at DASC, we can offer comprehensive services to children and adolescents in our community. Call us at 773-494-5505 to see if we have the services you need.

 

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Rodney J. Benson, Ph.D      

Thomas Alm, Psy.D.

Katherine Schaefer Berg, Ph.D.

Caroline Burke, LSW

Kerry Curran, LCSW

Elaine Gordon, LCSW

Lauren Neaman, Psy.D.

Chelsea Ragsdale, LCSW

Katie Riehman, LPC

Angela Stebbins, Psy.D.

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Who is DASC?

The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago was founded in 2005 by Rodney J. Benson, Ph.D. after it became apparent that there was a significant shortage of quality Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) available in Chicago. Many people with treatable disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Social Phobia and Major Depressive Disorder were suffering needlessly because they could not access quality care. It has been the mission of DASC to address this shortage by providing services to those suffering and also offering training opportunities to other professionals to increase the availability of CBT. DASC currently has 8 clinical staff specializing in using and teaching CBT.

Experience and Certification Matter

Academy of Cognitive TherapyMany professionals claim to use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy but have no formal training or certification. DASC is one of the only area clinics that is run by a certified Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. This means that you can be confident that you will get the best, most scientifically-supported treatment available. We have the training and experience needed to deliver the best treatment.

What can be done about anxiety and depression?

If you think you have a problem with anxiety or depression, you have many treatment options.  Most problems with anxiety and depression can be treated without medication.  Even if you are currently taking medicine, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective addition to the treatment program.  It is one of the most effective treatments for these disorders.

Will it take a long time to work?

Many people do not seek therapy for anxiety or depression problems because they think they will continue to suffer for months or years.  In fact, many people see reductions in their anxiety or depression in just a matter of weeks.  And the changes that they make in their lives can last a lifetime.

To take the first step, call us or fill out our online contact form to schedule an initial evaluation to see if Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is right for you.  A brief assessment can tell you about the nature of the problem and what your treatment options are.  All contacts with our clinic are private and confidential.  If you have been suffering with anxiety or depression in silence, you could be on the road to recovery more quickly than you think.

Mission

The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago was founded to provide the most up-to-date, scientifically sound therapy to adults and adolescents who suffer from anxiety and mood disorders in the Chicago area.  Though tremendous advances have been made in the treatment and management of these disorders, many people do not have access to the best care.  It is our mission to educate the public about their options and to deliver the best, most competent care.

Philosophy

Our goal is to provide the most effective, scientifically-proven treatments to people suffering with anxiety disorders and depression.  It is our belief that treatment works best when patients are thoroughly informed and educated.  We believe it is right to educate patients about all of their treatment options to find the solutions that work best for each person.  Only then can people make the right decisions for themselves and their families.  We strive to maintain the highest level of professional knowledge and to ensure that we are prepared to deliver cutting edge, excellent care.