For Professionals


As experts in the field of anxiety disorder treatment, we are often called upon to share our wealth of knowledge.  We provide training to mental health providers and educators, and welcome the opportunity to speak to community groups on a wide range of anxiety-related topics.  In collaborating with specialists ranging from psychiatrists to school social workers, we endeavor to provide our partners with timely feedback about our assessment, treatment plans and successful patient progress.

For Mental Health Professionals

Anxiety Treatment Center psychologists offer supervision and professional development on the most effective cognitive behavioral treatment strategies for anxiety disorders. Consulting can be scheduled on-site or via skype or phone.

  • Expert consultation to professionals
  • Individual clinician supervision
  • Customized workshops


For Educators

We have extensive experience working with schools throughout Chicago and the North Shore, and have developed ongoing relationships with many teachers, social workers, and counselors.    Our training presentations offer specialized and comprehensive education about the anxiety disorders, OC spectrum disorders, body focused repetitive behavior disorders and managing these disorders in the home and in the community.

  • Consultation – IEP, 504 Plans
  • School Intervention
  • Workshops
  • Staff Training


For Clergy

Individuals often reach out to clergy with their concerns and fears, and we are available to consult with you regarding support for your congregants. We have extensive experience working with patients for whom their anxiety and worry have become an impediment to their faith or their ability to experience a healthy life. Obsessive-compulsive disorder in the form of scrupulosity, obsessive doubt or compulsive rather than voluntary observance can become excruciatingly painful. We work sensitively with patients of all faiths and their respective clergy.

  • Complimentary consultations on congregants
  • Expert consultation on obsessive compulsive scrupulosity


For the Community

Many of our psychologists are popular speakers who receive repeat requests from professional organizations and school districts.  Most of our programs are designed to demystify anxiety disorders and offer suggestions for …  We are often consulted as expert resources by local and national media, including television, radio, and print.  See Practice News (add link) for references.

Popular speaking topics include:

  • Mindfulness for Kids
  • Helping your shy or socially anxious child develop social confidence
  • How to prevent anxiety and depression in your child
  • How to help your worried or anxious child
  • Helping your children to develop resilience
  • Cultivating independence in your child
  • Managing oppositional behavior in your child


For Doctoral Students

The Post-Doctoral Training Program provides advanced opportunities for training in cognitive behavioral assessment, therapy and consultation-liason work while preparing for licensure. Both individual and group supervision are provided. Opportunities for learning supervisory skills with graduate students and public speaking are also provided for those who are interested. Interested applicants must have graduated from an APA accredited Doctoral program and internship and have received prior clinical training in cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and OC spectrum disorders. They must also have a theoretical orientation that is cognitive behavioral.

To apply for the Post-Doctoral Training Program:
Interested applicants should submit a copy of their transcript, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to Dr. Karen Cassiday.






  • Testimonials

    My daughter struggles with anxiety and trichotillomania. As her mother, I felt completely helpless and didn’t know where to turn. When my daughter started working with Dr. Schmaus, I quickly noticed a difference in her behavior and her overall anxiety. He helped her build coping strategies that she has been able to use to handle challenges in her everyday life. I am so grateful for the support we all have received at the Anxiety Treatment Center and specifically from Dr. Schmaus.
    Mother of an 8-year old girl
    I had encountered problems with anxiety and depression in the years since becoming a graduate student. My anxiety issues really put my education and career goals at risk and, indeed, threatened to end the pursuit of a career I love. With a lot of diligent work, and the advice and techniques provided by Dr. Schmaus, I am happy to say that I am in the last months of graduate school and am on track to graduate with very high marks from my teachers and instructors. I could not have done this alone and am very appreciative of Dr. Schmaus for all his efforts on my behalf.
    45 Year Old Man
    Working with Dr. Cassiday was a pleasure, she has a very calming and soothing demeanor.  She immediately ‘got’ my child and made him feel as though his feelings and needs were all that was important when actually she was really trying to change his behavior. She was also great with me as a parent, knowing I had my child’s best interest at heart, but showing me different ways to get the same results. I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Cassiday as part of our life!
    Grateful Parent
    Our son has gone from an anxious child who refused to go to school to a confident college sophomore who has the tools to manage his own anxiety.  The psychologists at ATC led us down this path with humor, sensitivity, and positive techniques, teaching us how to support our child and enabling our son to feel like he can confidently control his own symptoms.
    Parent of a College Student
    I had sought help for my phobias, anxiety and related problems for so long that when I started therapy with The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago I knew right away that someone finally “got it”.  Their doctors have in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of anxiety, and they effectively applied their knowledge to help guide me from clarification of my problems to management and resolution.  I never left their office without a specific plan on how to move forward.
    Patient Who Had Previously Tried Many Different Therapists
    My children have been able to gain the necessary skills to manage their OCD at times of crisis because of the knowledge, caring, and expertise of Dr. Cassiday.  She was able to guide us through some very difficult times and help give our family the skills (using cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention) so that our family could get back to normal. She was always there with us, and she still is.  She is so kind and so gifted in her field!
    Parent of 2 Children with Anxiety Disorders
    I really appreciate how The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago has helped me to face my anxiety. When I started treatment, my anxiety was taking over, making simple tasks very difficult.  The doctor diagnosed my specific anxiety disorder and built an individualized plan to help treat it by using exposure therapy and other techniques.  Working with her has given me the confidence to face a situation head-on and overcome its challenges.
    Confident Female Patient
    Dr. Cassiday changed my life.  She took me on “field trips” to wherever was necessary to deal with my OCD triggers. She never hesitated to get down in the trenches with me and teach me new ways to respond. She was truly a partner in my healing.  We laughed a lot together, so what could have felt pretty miserable, actually was often quite fun. And after we extinguished the rituals, we worked on changing my thought patterns.  So now I am less anxious and more productive than ever before in my life, including before I developed OCD.  And the techniques I have learned help me in ALL aspects of my life, not just with the OCD.  I couldn’t be more grateful to her.
    Susan Richman, J.D.Co-founder, Honorary Chair and Board Member, Beyond OCD
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