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, and the Health Psychology Division (Division 38) of the American Psychological Association. 

I feel honored to be able to be a psychotherapist. Therapy is hard work, with the potential for incredible payoff. I will do my best to make this a safe, collaborative, and challenging environment where you can experiment and grow. We will use evidence-based 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 also 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 anti-racist. Cultivating anti-racist and anti-oppressive beliefs, practices, and policies is an ongoing and evolving process for all of us at CBA Chicago.

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.

Charles Small, LCSW

Charles will begin seeing clients at CBA Chicago this November! 

I am a licensed clinical social worker with several years of experience in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and other emotional difficulties.  I have specialized training and experience providing mental health care for veterans of the US Armed Services and first responder communities.   I graduated with my Master’s of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago in 2010.  I have been a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since 2011.

My post-graduate work involved working as a therapist in community mental health settings, as well as working with veterans at both Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center’s Road Home Program.  I gained specialized experience in treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual trauma, and moral injury that can occur during traumatic events.

I work well with clients who feel that symptoms of anxiety, trauma, and/or depression are interfering with their ability to live a fulfilling life, and feel they may be ready to make important changes in order to engage meaningfully in all areas of their lives.  I help clients in this process utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Additionally, I am a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure therapy (PE), two of the most well-researched and effective therapies for treating PTSD.  I also have a personal interest in the philosophical roots of Cognitive and Behavioral therapies, namely Stoicism, which- when discussed as part of therapy- many of my clients have found useful in navigating life’s uncertainties and tribulations.

In addition to providing psychotherapy, I also enjoy teaching. Since 2016, I have been a lecturer at the University of Chicago teaching social work graduate students skills in cultural competency and evidence-based therapies.  I am currently completing a fellowship at the University of Chicago in ACT and other contextual behavioral therapies.

I remain professionally and personally committed to establishing a safe, inclusive, and supportive therapy environment that is rooted in cultural competency, evidence-based treatment, and respect for the inherent dignity and worth of all my clients.

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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