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 in 2001. I am currently an Assistant Professor on faculty there, teaching and supervising psychology graduate students and interns. I am also on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston.
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.
Smriti Shivpuri, Ph.D., MPHI am a licensed clinical psychologist with a holistic, integrative and strengths-based approach to psychotherapy. I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California San Diego/San Diego State University. I also have Master’s degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Public Health, with a focus on Epidemiology. I have specialized training in Health Psychology. My varied experiences have allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the strength of the mind-body connection, as well as an ability to approach problems through a multi-faceted lens.
It is important to me that clients feel an atmosphere of openness, empathic understanding and collaboration. I work with acceptance-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches that examine thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, teach individuals to interact differently with the automatic patterns that are unhelpful to them, and focus on value-based action. Mindfulness-based approaches are also integral to my practice, which include self-compassion, methods to reduce stress, improve focus on the present, and gain better clarity of purpose and action. These approaches can be very successful in helping clients with a variety of concerns, including stress, adjustment to new circumstances, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, habits that are negatively affecting health, and anxiety and depression. I have had specialized experience in the areas of treatment of insomnia and sleep issues, coping with cancer, stress reduction, and heart disease prevention. I have worked with clients from many different walks of life and backgrounds, and I strive to meet the unique needs of each client and help them to fulfill goals in their path to achieving wellness, contentment, and growth.
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.