Essentials of DBT Continuing Education Workshop For Professionals November 19th 

Join 3 of our DASC DBT experts as they present "The Essentials of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy." This highly interactive workshop will get you ready to implement this innovative therapy in your practice. Visit for full event details.

Group Treatment at DASC 

We have a variety of great treatment groups here at DASC. Our offerings are always changing, so check back with us often. For a full list of our groups, click here.

If you are interested in our OCD Topical Support Group, see the calendar here for upcoming group topics.

Assessment Services 

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.


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Rodney J. Benson, Ph.D      

Jessica Albright, LCPC

Thomas Alm, Psy.D.

Katherine Schaefer Berg, Ph.D.

Caroline Burke, LCSW

Kerry Curran, LCSW

Elaine Gordon, LCSW

Katie Lenahan, LPC

Lauren Neaman, Psy.D.

Chelsea Ragsdale, LCSW

Katie Riehman, LPC

Angela Stebbins, Psy.D.

Annie Reynolds, MSW

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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. to address the 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 Anxiety 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 offering training opportunities to other professionals to increase the availability of CBT. DASC has a highly trained clinical team who specializes 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.

Recognized as a National Social Anxiety Center Regional Clinic

DASC is proud to be the Chicago regional affiliate of The National Social Anxiety Center NSAC is a network of mental health clinics throughout the United States with the mission of providing effective, evidence-based therapy to those struggling with social anxiety disorder. Regional clinics operate independently, but share the vision of providing treatment implementing the latest research findings. NSAC also strives to disseminate best practices among all mental health clinicians while educating consumers about social anxiety and treatment options.

With the affiliation of the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago, the National Social Anxiety Center has seven regional clinics: San Francisco, the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley / Sacramento Valley, New York City and Chicago. Lauren Neaman, PsyD, DASC’s Director of Anxiety Services, serves as NSAC Chicago's representative on the Board.

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.

Our Philosophy and Mission

The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic of Chicago was founded to provide the most up-to-date, scientifically sound therapy to adults, adolescents and children 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.