ADAA 2017 Conference a Great Success

The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago clinicians attended the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference in San Francisco in early April.  Staff attended sessions which offered the latest research-based findings on treatment for anxiety and depression, and learned strategies to improve treatments in our clinical practice.  In addition, our own Dr. Karen Cassiday, as President of the ADAA,  led this highly regarded international conference which brings together over 1,300 clinicians and researchers from around the world.  Dr. Pojas and Dr. Alden conducted an educational session titled: Clinical Kung Fu: Managing Anger and Oppositional Behaviors in Kids with Anxiety Disorders, and Dr. Siegel and Dr. Schmaus led a session titled: Treating Anxious Patients on the Autism Spectrum: Helpful Tips and Techniques. We also had some fun, finding time to try delicious Vietnamese food at the Slanted Door, where Stephanie Kuhn, MS, attempted her own version of exposure by trying raw oysters for the first time! The annual ADAA conference is an opportunity to learn and connect with leaders in the field of anxiety disorders, and we look forward to this experience each year.

Dr. Karen Cassiday, President of Anxiety and Depression Association of America, at the Keynote Presentation


Anxiety Treatment Center Staff enjoying dinner at the Slanted Door in San Francisco


Dr. Alden and Dr. Pojas presenting at ADAA


Stephanie Kuhn, MA, practicing exposure therapy by eating her first oyster!


Dr. Cassiday and Marketing Advisor Helene Sobin sharing high-end cotton candy!


Dr. Siegel and Dr. Schmaus teaching clinicians about Autism and Anxiety at ADAA

Free Stress Management Workshop in West Loop 4/18/17

We are pleased to offer a FREE Stress Management Workshop this coming Tuesday, April 18th, at 3pm in the WeWork – Fulton Market building located at 220 N. Green Street in the West Loop of Chicago.  Two of our Chicago-based clinicians, Dr. Dustin Siegel and Stephanie Kuhn, M.A. will teach attendees about factors that influence stress, and lead participants through activities that can be implemented into your daily life to reduce anxiety. You will leave with concrete suggestions for coping with stress and strategies to increase mindfulness and general well being.  All are welcome to join, but an RSVP is required to enter the building.

Please send RSVP to  312-661-1991  Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Cassiday quoted in US News and World Report story on Overcoming Agoraphobia

If you’ve been immobilized by panic attacks or excessive anxiety, you do not need to suffer endlessly. Dr. Karen Cassiday describes effective treatment techniques in this US News and World Report article that can help you to successfully overcome your fears. At the Anxiety Treatment Center, our therapists can accompany you in situations where you feel the most anxiety, and train you to handle difficult situations with a new sense of hope.

Dr. Cassiday provides hopeful solutions for OCD in Chicago Health

Dr. Cassiday shares her expertise on OCD in Chicago Health, explaining the successful treatment options available to minimize the debilitating effects of this very treatable condition.

Dr. Pojas offers strategies for dealing with Intrusive Thoughts and OCD

Struggling with obsessive thoughts that just won’t quit? Our own Dr. Julieanne Pojas was invited to share her strategies for dealing with intrusive thoughts and OCD on

This guidance is valuable for those struggling with OCD as well as anyone who suffers from intrusive thoughts that just won’t stop.  Read her article to learn suggestions for behavioral changes you can make to improve your daily life.


Dr. Cassiday appears on Step it up with Steph TV Show on WTTW

Dr. Cassiday shared her expertise on anxiety in an episode of Steph it up with Steph, a TV show on WTTW, Channel 11 in Chicago targeting women with a weekly dose of health, fitness, and lifestyle entertainment. The show aired on 2/18/17, and shows Dr. Cassiday providing insight and guidance on how to manage anxiety.

Presentation on Anxiety in Children

Looking for information on how to manage anxiety in children? Join Maha Zayed, Ph.D and Ben Harris, LCPC, at the “Piecing it All Together” conference for parents and clinicians on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in River Forest, IL at the Dominican University Priory Campus. They will be speaking on Anxiety in Youth and School Refusal.

If you can’t attend the conference, and need support for your anxious child, please contact us at (847) 559-0001 to schedule an appointment in one of our offices in Oakbrook, Deerfield, or Chicago.

Are you suffering from “Smiling Depression”?

Dr. Cassiday offers suggestions for dealing with depression in another article on the Today Show website:

Dr. Cassiday quoted in story on the Today Show

We ALL have bad days once in a while. Dr. Cassiday is quoted in a story on the Today Show about how to turn things around when it’s one of those days. Check it out here.

Dr. Cassiday shares her expertise on hoarding in US News & World Report

Although many of us love our pets, some people direct their attention to animals in an unhealthy way. Dr. Karen Cassiday shares her expertise in an article on animal hoarding in US News & World Report.