Sarah Rosenbloom, Ph.D.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who offers an integrated mind-body approach to psychotherapy. I obtained my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and am currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I am also affiliated with Northwestern Medicine in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston. I hold active licenses in Illinois and Michigan, and am certified to practice telepsychology under PSYPACT in multiple allied states (see here for current status).
I believe that although life’s challenges can be stressful and times when we need the most support, they can also offer us the greatest opportunities for self-understanding and growth. My background in health psychology encourages an integration of both physical and psychological well-being, and an increased awareness of the factors that may influence each of those areas in our lives. In my practice, I offer psychotherapy for a variety of concerns including depression and anxiety as well as specialized treatment for those dealing with health concerns in themselves or a loved one. I seek to help clients identify strengths as well as new ways of coping and self-care to promote both physical and emotional healing. Another primary goal is helping clients develop strategies to reduce their experience of stress, which can exacerbate illness. Combining dynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches, I strive to tailor treatment to most effectively meet the needs of each unique client. I am also happy to collaborate with other providers such as physicians, dieticians, psychiatrists or complementary/alternative care providers.
Anne Chodzko, Ph.D.I am a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in health psychology. I obtained my Ph.D. at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences, and did the majority of my clinical training and early professional work experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. My clinical orientation reflects a combination of evidence-based cognitive-behavior therapy with psychodynamic theory.
I provide individual psychotherapy and consultation to adults for issues related to their psychological and physical well-being; I believe they are interconnected. I work with individuals who are coping with mood disorders (eg., depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders), addictions and recovery, grief and loss, trauma and relationship problems. I also provide psychotherapy for individuals coping with chronic and acute medical issues such as cancer or organ transplants. I am comfortable collaborating with physicians, caregivers or family members as requested by my clients in order to ensure that positive support networks are in place.
At different times in our lives, circumstances can present us with enormous challenges that may leave us feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how to proceed. I view my role as a facilitator of self-exploration and growth by offering insight, cognitive reframing, specific coping strategies and suggested behavioral changes within an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance. I will supplement our conversations with questions in order to obtain an initial framework for understanding your unique background and current life. In particular, I want to identify the strengths you exemplify in your life and relationships. We will also identify any obstacles to your improved health and happiness. Ideally, psychotherapy can provide clarity about what may need to be integrated into our lives, and can infuse us with the strength and support needed to make difficult decisions and then implement change. Finally, I believe a successful course of psychotherapy can transform us into wiser versions of ourselves who can apply that knowledge and self-growth as future challenges arise in our life journey.
Catherine Cassingham, MSW, LCSW
I am a licensed clinical social worker who utilizes mindfulness and a strengths-based approach to psychotherapy. I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University and work at Northwestern Medicine’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. I have specialized experience in cancer and bereavement.
Life can throw us curve balls and we can find our normal coping strategies are overpowered by stressful situations. We can all feel isolated and disempowered during these times. However, I believe these are times that can be an opportunity for growth and a chance to learn additional tools to better handle challenging events in the future. The emotional impact illness and loss can have on both patient and loved ones is great. Through my work in these areas, I have helped clients work through life transitions, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. I strive to create a supportive environment by actively listening and working collaboratively with my clients to reach their goals.
Allison Carroll, Ph.D.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in acute and chronic disease management. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine) from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2018. I currently work in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University conducting research focused on promoting psychological and behavioral health to reduce risk for chronic diseases.
I believe that psychological well-being stems from living life in line with our values. This can be challenging during times of stress, such as a new medical diagnosis, long-term disease management, or the associated treatments. It is very common to experience a wide range of emotions (sadness, anger, anxiety), and it is just as important to care for your mental health as your physical health in these situations. I take an open, pragmatic, strength-based approach to treatment. Integrating strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Positive Psychotherapy, I work collaboratively with my clients to identify and (re)prioritize values, learn behavioral and cognitive techniques to live life in line with these values, and build on existing strengths to promote mental and physical well-being.