Background and Training
All Anxiety Treatment Center psychologists and licensed professional counselors are specialists in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and OC spectrum disorders, and have received their degrees at leading institutions. We uphold rigorous standards for ongoing post-graduate education and clinical training, resulting in cutting-edge treatment for our patients. Many of our doctors maintain an active teaching, writing, and research career, which further sharpens our ability to stay on top of the latest advancements in our specialty. Our goal is to provide you with the most advanced and compassionate assessment and treatment available.
Patients benefit from our team approach in multiple ways. We have the flexibility to come to your home or wherever you experience the most anxiety. By systematically and carefully exposing you to fearful situations, we work to reduce the discomfort and symptoms you feel. We work with patients in a variety of situations such as shopping, attending work, driving, flying, going to school, or using public transportation.
Having a large team of therapists also enables us to treat the most complicated anxiety cases with an intensive, multi-modal approach that works rapidly to restore good mental health. In the most severe cases, we can help to avoid inpatient hospitalization by mobilizing quickly to provide intensive, customized treatment in your home.
Through weekly team meetings, our staff has the opportunity to share complicated cases, ask questions, and provide oversight so that each patient is guaranteed the highest level of care. Dr. Cassiday is a Founding Fellow and one of only three Cognitive Therapy Consultants certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in the state of Illinois. All psychologists meet regularly with Dr. Cassiday to review cases and ensure consistent, outstanding care.
The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago ‘employs’ several therapy dogs who assist our patients in overcoming their fears.
Our therapy dogs are brought into sessions with patients to help them feel more relaxed and supported, particularly when the patient has phobias about animals and dogs. Our dog therapists can also be helpful in teaching socialization skills and working with patients with autism spectrum disorder.
These sweet, calm animals love working with our staff and patients, and have helped many to overcome their fears.