Dr. Sara Dittoe Barrett

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in anxiety disorders and OCD, chronic pain and medical conditions, insomnia, and stress management. I received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton in 2003 and a master's and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with focuses in Health Psychology, anxiety disorders, and chronic pain from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2008.

My pre-doctoral internship/residency was through the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and included intensive rotations in health psychology and chronic pain, trauma and substance abuse, and the Women’s PTSD program. It was while working with trauma survivors and individuals coping with chronic pain that I became interested in mindfulness how it can impact health and emotional wellbeing. I went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in chronic pain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Pain Management (now named the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab), to gain more experience in mindfulness and pain management. My graduate and post-doctoral work focused heavily cognitive and behavioral treatment approaches that are based in or supported by scientific research. I think it is important to be well-informed of the latest research on current and emerging treatments. I am a member of several scientific and professional organizations including the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the ACBS Chicago chapter, and the International OCD Foundation, the American Psychological Association and the Health Psychology Division (Division 38) of the APA. 

I use up-to-date treatments including mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology. These are approaches that I am personally drawn to and that my clients tend to like. They are backed by science and can be fun and creative. These are very active therapies where you learn new skills and practice them to improve your quality of life. I also enjoy and value working with a diverse client population. I see race, ethnicity, ability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and spirituality as important parts of our identity which impact how we move through the world and how the world sees us. I strive to be LGBTQIA affirming and view ally-ship as an ongoing and evolving process. 

The work we do together may be difficult or even painful at times, but also offers the opportunity for tremendous growth and the potential for a more fulfilling life.

Dr. Julia Rubinshteyn

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in health psychology including chronic pain and medical conditions, insomnia, and managing stress. I received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University in 2015.

My year-long pre-doctoral internship was at the Denver VA Hospital with a focus in working closely with medical providers to provide mental health services to veterans in a Primary Care clinic setting. During my internship and graduate school, I received intensive training working with individuals who experience chronic pain, insomnia, chronic health conditions such as diabetes, and individuals with spinal cord injuries/disorders. I enjoyed helping patients who were interested in making changes to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Prior to working at CBA, I worked at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA for 5 years. I provided mental health services to veterans in their homes and later worked with individuals in the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders program. During this time, I provided services to patients with medically complex backgrounds providing interventions for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and coping with difficult life changes, and stress. I also provided support to family members experiencing stress related to caring for a loved one with chronic health issues.

I have received extensive training in several evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I often incorporate Mindfulness practice as a key component into my work.

I value working with individuals who have diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I welcome individuals who identify with various aspects of diversity including race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability status. I take a compassionate approach and work collaboratively with my clients to best understand their experiences and goals for therapy. I use evidence based treatments in a way that is consistent with the client's values and goals to enhance wellbeing and help you thrive in your daily life.

Sibel Sarac, Cognitive Behavioral Extern

I am a third year graduate student working towards my PhD in Clinical Psychology.  I have experience with varying mental and physical health concerns. My primary interests involving anxiety disorders and OCD, chronic pain, anger, and stress-related issues.

Before joining CBA Chicago, I spent a year at the Captain James A. Lovell VA Hospital where I provided mental health services to veterans. During this time, I worked with people with various mental health concerns, including anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, insomnia, and stress and anger management. I also worked at the Interprofessional Community Clinic where I provided free mental health services for individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment. Making therapy accessible is something I strongly value. 

I have received training in several evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Interventions. These have all been scientifically-supported as effective treatments to address varying mental health concerns. I use these evidence-based interventions and skills to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to the specific needs, goals, and strengths of each client.

I strive to create a space of inclusivity and acceptance, and I welcome individuals diverse in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability status. I want to create an open, warm, and nurturing environment where you can feel comfortable sharing difficult experiences. I view therapy as a collaboration. Together, we will find ways to achieve your goals and enhance your wellbeing and life-satisfaction.

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