a more satisfying & meaningful life

Cognitive Behavioral Associates of Chicago can help you:

  • feel less distressed, cope more effectively, and do the things that are most important to you. 
  • better manage issues like anxiety, OCD, stress, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain and medical conditions.
  • enhance your relationships, your health, and your quality of life.

The 4-Week Insomnia Workbook by Sara Dittoe Barrett, PhD

A Drug-Free Program to Build Healthy Habits & Achieve Restful Sleep

With The 4-Week Insomnia Workbook as your guide, you’ll learn the latest CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) and mindfulness practices to get to the bottom of your sleepless nights. Throughout this program, you’ll tackle the thoughts and feelings that keep you up at night and establish a sleep-hygiene routine that works for you.

From the blog...

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (often pronounced ACT in the psychology world) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment based on scientific research about how the human mind works. The name of this therapy comes from a primary theme: learning how to accept those experiences that are out of your control and committing to changing what you can to make your life better. As the name suggests, this is a very active treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

CBT for Insomnia has been shown to be a very effective treatment for insomnia and consists of several different components. Treatment starts with an initial assessment to identify possible factors contributing to insomnia which often includes a sleep diary. After a full assessment, we will make a treatment plan together to help you attain your goals, which may include longer sleep, more restorative sleep, waking up less frequently, and feeling more rested during the day.

Cutting Edge Treatment for OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention from a Mindfulness and Compassion-based lens

You may have heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a type of therapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. CBT helps people change problematic behavior and cope better with difficult thoughts and emotions. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of CBT that has been shown to be the most effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, along with medication. Research indicates that about 7 out of 10 people with OCD will benefit from ERP and/or a class of medications called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SRIs).

Are You Self-Critical? Compassion-Focused Therapy Can Help

Many people have an internal voice that is harsh, rude, demanding and demeaning. Sometimes that voice has been around for years. Sometimes it’s been there since adolescence or even early childhood. Often people will acknowledge that they would never dream of speaking to a close friend (or even someone they dislike) the way they speak to themselves.

Coping Well During COVID-19

By Julia Rubinshteyn, PhD. The current pandemic has changed all aspects of our daily lives seemingly overnight. These changes can be accompanied by a great deal of stress. Perhaps you are a parent and are now juggling parenting/homeschooling and working from home. Perhaps you are an essential worker and you are experiencing fear related to contracting the virus from your work. Perhaps you are living alone and feeling lonely and isolated being physically separated from family, friends, and your community. Perhaps you are facing uncertainty about what the future Continue reading

About CBA Chicago

The goal of CBA Chicago is to help people experience full, satisfying, and healthy lives. Our clinicians are licensed clinical psychologists and therapists who specialize in anxiety disorders and OCD, chronic pain and medical conditions, healthy living, insomnia, stress management, and relationship issues.  If pain or distress is keeping life small, or you need more support to make positive changes, we are here to help. 

Our approach is cognitive-behavioral with an emphasis on mindfulness and compassion. We use treatments like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Biofeedback, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Our treatments are evidence-based (backed by science) and flexible to fit your specific needs. 

The therapists at CBA Chicago strive to make therapy accessible for all. We are in-network with BCBS PPO insurance and also offer reduced-free services for those who are in need.  We enjoy working with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and consider race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, religion, and spirituality as important aspects of an individual's identity.  We are LGBTQIA affirming and will work collaboratively to best support you and your specific goals.