Philosophy of Care
Dr. Ali is an engaging clinician, using an active, results-oriented approach with patients. His style blends warmth, encouragement, and a sense of humor, coaching patients to address problems in more effective ways. A dynamic teacher, he uses skills honed during a 20 year clinical career to help patients identify symptoms, target areas of difficulty, and develop specific, achievable goals. He customizes a treatment plan utilizing CBT and other research-proven best practices for treating anxiety and other issues.
Dr. Ali focuses on successful treatment for anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic. He is a passionate teacher, and enjoys presenting to the community and in one-on-one therapeutic situations. He finds great satisfaction in empowering his patients, as they learn to face uncomfortable situations with a new sense of self-control and confidence.
In his spare time Dr. Ali likes to read, listen to music and spend time with family. As a native Chicagoan, he loves Lake Michigan, Bulls basketball, and construction traffic (one of those isn’t true!). He also likes to play piano, especially when no one is listening!
Experience and Training:
Dr. Ali earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and completed his internship at University of Cincinnati, where he specialized in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma. He completed a clinical fellowship at Northeastern Illinois University and a teaching fellowship at Penn State University. He has worked in numerous settings with a variety of clinical populations, and has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral and exposure-based treatments. In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Ali also taught for several years in the psychology departments at University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, where he was an award-winning instructor. He regularly offers presentations on anxiety and other mental health topics, and he enjoys educating the public as well as training other therapists. His professional affiliations include the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), American Psychological Association (APA), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
Patient Age Range
Ages 6 years and Up