Alison Alden, Ph.D.

alisonCLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Philosophy of Care:

Dr. Alden approaches her work with warmth, flexibility, and gentle humor. Recognizing the incredible courage and strength that it can take to overcome anxiety, she works closely with patients to directly face the thoughts and situations that scare them and strives to be in the trenches facing these situations alongside them. Using a collaborative, therapeutic relationship, she helps patients understand that investing in hard work can ultimately provide relief from the anxieties that plague them. She is also sensitive to the pressures faced by working moms and other professionals, and the world of anxieties that can be unleashed by parenting challenges. Dr. Alden applies research-based, gold standard treatments based on a thorough understanding of the unique problems faced by each individual. Her ultimate goal is to help patients develop the skills and understanding to both overcome their current difficulties and better deal with whatever life may throw at them.

For busy professionals, Dr. Alden can provide therapy sessions via phone and video when appropriate based on a client’s diagnosis.

Special Interests:

Dr. Alden enjoys working with patients with all anxiety, obsessive-compulsive spectrum, and mood disorders. She is particularly skilled in working with adults and older adolescents and in helping individuals tackle social anxiety and panic disorder. In addition, she has experience treating adult ADHD and difficulties regulating emotions and/or relating to others.  Dr. Alden offers phone and video sessions

Outside the office, Dr. Alden enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and good friends.  She also likes playing board games and is an avid reader and television enthusiast.

Experience and Training:

Dr. Alison Alden earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she focused on researching and treating anxiety. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders, and integrates mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into her practice. Dr. Alden has published several research articles and book chapters on anxiety, depression, and emotion regulation, and has presented talks and posters to state and national professional organizations. She has also taught in Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. Dr. Alden is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA), and was the recipient of the highly competitive ADAA Young Leadership award  in 2014.

Patient Age Range:

Ages 8 years and Up

Office Location:

Deerfield

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