DBT Program Expanding!

DASC is now running two Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups. Dr. Katherine Schaefer Berg leads our long-running skills group on Fridays at 4 pm. Kerry Curran, LCSW leads a second skills group at 4 pm on Wednesdays.

Both groups focus on building life skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.

Soon we will have a group for teens as well! Check with us for updates.

These groups can take referrals any time. If you want to find out if these groups are 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.

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. Call us to find out how.

Low Cost Therapy Options

DASC offers 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. Our staff therapists also strive to meet the financial needs of those we serve. 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.

Celebrating our 10th year!

2015 represents the 10th year that DASC has been serving Lakeview and Downtown Chicago. We are proud to be members of this wonderful community.

We look forward to many more years serving you. We are here to help anytime at 773-494-5505 or contact us here.

Newly expanded child and adolescent services

We have expanded our child and adolescent services here at DASC. Stephanie Wroblewski, LCSW has joined our staff! Prior to joining DASC, Ms. Wroblewski worked within the state of Illinois’ Early Intervention Program.

She is now working here with Dr. Thomas Alm to provide excellent care to children and adolescents with anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. 

Call us at 773-494-5505 to see if we have the services you need.


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Meet Our Clinical Staff >

Rodney J. Benson, Ph.D      

Thomas Alm, Psy.D.

Katherine Schaefer Berg, Ph.D.

Kerry Curran, LCSW

Elaine Gordon, LCSW

Lauren Neaman, Psy.D.

Chelsea Ragsdale, LSW

Stephanie Wroblewski, 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.


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.


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.