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DBT Skills Group Running

DASC is proud to announce that we have begun a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group on Fridays at 4 pm. Led by Dr. Katherine Schaefer Berg and Kerry Curran, LCSW, the group focuses on building life skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.

The group can take referrals any time. If you want to find out if this group is right for you, call one of the group leaders, Ms. Kerry Curran, at 773-494-5505. She would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Do Not Miss Our Downtown Office

We are not only in Lakeview. DASC also has an office at 233 E. Erie St, right across from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Same great therapists, convenient downtown location!

If you need an appointment downtown during lunch time, after work, or any other time, give us a call to see if we can meet your needs at 773-494-5505. 

Insurance Accepted

DASC is proud to be in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, Medicare, and TriCare. We work with all other insurers on an out-of-network basis. Whatever your situation, we can help.

Low Cost Therapy Option

We are excited to announce that we now offer therapy services at very low cost. Our student therapists come from some of the best area University training programs and receive expert supervision from our staff. This is a great opportunity for our low income and uninsured neighbors to get excellent service for little cost. 

Whatever your life situation, we can help. Contact us today to see if we have the services you need. 773-494-5505.

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Rodney J. Benson, Ph.D      

Thomas Alm, Psy.D.

Katherine Schaefer Berg, Ph.D.

Kerry Curran, LCSW

Elaine Gordon, LCSW

Lauren Neaman, Psy.D.

Mark Hicks, LCSW

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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.