Philosophy of Care:
Dr. Nina Pacholec’s patient-centered approach to care creates a respectful and responsive environment in which each person can gain confidence in managing their anxiety and learn the tools to overcome it. She addresses each patient with caring, understanding the difficult challenges that anxiety creates, and uses evidence-based methods to assist each person in identifying ways to face those challenges successfully. Using a collaborative approach and a sense of humor, Dr. Pacholec develops individualized treatment plans to help patients reduce their symptoms and achieve their goals. She also offers distance counseling for Illinois residents via secure videoconferencing. Distance counseling offers a convenient alternative for patients who find it difficult to meet with or travel to a therapist and can flexibly accommodate patient schedules.
Dr. Pacholec successfully helps children and adults manage all types of anxiety with particular interest in social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), performance anxiety, and phobias. She is also skilled in treating trauma in children and adolescents. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness in her treatment.
When not in the office, she loves all things outdoors and will often find time for hiking, exploring new places, and trying new things. An animal lover with a dog and two cats, she also enjoys spending time with her family and cooking up delicious things to eat!
Experience and Training:
Dr. Pacholec received her master’s and doctorate from Palo Alto University in California with a Child and Family emphasis. She completed her pre- and postdoctoral internship at WellSpan Philhaven Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania and continued working there after graduation as a practicing psychologist for several years. She has extensive training and experience in CBT and most recently was a supervisor for the internship program at her previous position. She also has experience in DBT-informed care and enjoyed facilitating DBT-informed skills groups for adolescents and parenting groups based on the Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child evidence-based protocol. Dr. Pacholec has additional training in trauma-focused CBT.
Ages 4 years through Adult