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
Many 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.
Learn More About Your Health
DASC has now partnered with Healthy Living Chicago. Healthy Living Chicago was founded by Dr. Michael Veerman. The online magazine officially launched in May 2015. Dr. Veerman’s dream is to inspire Chicago to become a healthier society. HLC Magazine works and communicates with local healthcare professionals to spread health advice. Their goal is to educate the Chicago public and its greater community about important and timely health topics. They also seek to ease the communication between healthcare professionals to present the most up-to-date research and technology to improve life in Chicago.