Who We Are
Led by the renowned Dr. Karen Cassiday, our team of psychologists and counselors offer state-of-the-art anxiety treatments. By systematically exposing you to fearful situations, we empower you with the tools to manage your own anxiety, resulting in faster, sustainable recovery.
What We Do
Using cognitive behavioral therapy in our offices and in real-life settings, our specialists help modify thought patterns and behavior, leading to reduced symptoms. We work with adults and children as young as 2 years old, and are known nationally for our expertise in treating complex patients.
Why Choose Us
As leaders in anxiety treatment, we provide scientifically based interventions that result in rapid anxiety relief for our patients. Our therapists have unique backgrounds as researchers and clinicians, enabling us to deliver compassionate, goal-oriented treatment in the most cost-effective manner.
Susan Richman, J.D., Co-founder, Honorary Chair and Board Member, Beyond OCD
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 Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Confident Female Patient
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. Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Parent of 2 Children with Anxiety Disorders
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) Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Patient Who Had Previously Tried Many Different Therapists
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 Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Parent of a College Student
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 Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
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 Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
45 Year Old Man
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, Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Mother of an 8-year old girl
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 Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
A Grateful Mother
Dr Zayed has been absolutely wonderful in helping our daughter (and me too!). She did a phenomenal job relating to our daughter’s fears and concerns, meeting her where she was at, and pushing her just enough with positive encouragement to face her fears and overcome some very stubborn anxiety patterns that we couldn’t eliminate prior Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
A Grateful Mother
We were struggling for eight months with our son’s anxiety over sleeping. I reached out to the Anxiety Treatment Center and with our therapy sessions we worked out an expected timeline, plan and full support. Dr. Pojas educated me along the way so I understood the philosophy of the treatment. We were able to conquer my Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
After 10 years of therapists and psychiatrists who had NO CLUE how to help my son, I am forever grateful to have found Dr. Maha Zayed. She has lifted a heavy burden from my shoulders and enabled my son to participate in society again and feel good about himself. He has returned to work – it is Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Woman with OCD and Anxiety
Dr. Alden was wonderful to work with. She was very caring, thorough, and thoughtful in my treatment. We were able to laugh together, and I felt like she genuinely cared about my well-bring and progress. She was very sympathetic. I had waited a long time to seek out treatment for my anxiety, but I’m very Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
I was emetophobic, which means I had a fear of seeing, hearing, or being around vomit. I saw Dr. Alden for a few months and she was exactly what I needed. She was so calming and supportive. I can now feel comfortable going out to places where it may happen without it being on my Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Dr. Alden was terrific to work with. She made me feel very comfortable during our meetings, and always made sure to discuss what was on my mind before we moved on to that week’s agenda. I came in there wondering why I had the ‘symptoms’ I have, thinking that I was literally going crazy. She Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Grateful Patient with Anxiety Disorder and Medical Phobia
In less than a year, Dr. Pojas has been able to accomplish what I have been trying to for the past 20 years or more. Having just “graduated” from my treatment with Dr. Pojas, I feel like an entirely new person. Whereas I was once living my life entrapped by an anxiety disorder and a Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Grateful Postpartum Mom
Thank you for all the help that your program has provided for me. I can now say from first hand experience that it has been the most helpful and beneficial part of my life. When I first started seeing Dr. Zayed I was depressed, overwhelmed and scared about what my future looked like as a Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
Dramatic Improvement for High School Junior
We are so grateful for the treatment we received from Dr. Fite for our 11th grade daughter. It has been amazing to watch her grow from a terrified student, unsure if she could even use the many stairs at school, to an award winner of December Student of the Month! Dr. Fite helped us when she hit Continue ReadingView all Testimonials
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