Below is a list of the top and leading Psychologists in Chicago. To help you find the best Psychologists located near you in Chicago, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Chicago’s Best Psychologists:
The top rated Psychologists dealing with the assessment and treatment of psychological and mental illnesses are:
- Dr. Steven Nakisher – Center For Personal Development
- Dr. Helen Odessky – Your Chicago Therapist
- Jason Lahod – Sankofa Psychological Services
- Amit Kakkar – New Insights Behavioral Health Services
- Alan M. Jaffe – Dr. Alan M. Jaffe & Associates
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Center For Personal Development
Dr. Steven Nakisher is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, founder of the Center for Personal Development and co-founder of Cornerpiece Consulting. Dr. Nakisher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and completed his doctorate degree at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Nakisher has a distinctive background working with individuals across the lifespan providing therapy and consultation to individuals, couples, groups, leaders and teams.
Areas of expertise include working with adults who struggle with identity, relationships, substance abuse and/or addictions, often co-occurring within the context of depression, anxiety, grief and loss or other deeper challenges of personality.
Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, Abuse/Trauma Survivors, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Eating Disorders, Depression, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, Individual, Group, Couples and Marriage Therapy, EMDR & Life Coaching, Premarital Counseling
“Personal Development. I couldn’t be happier. He helped me work through my break-up and gave me great insight into issues. I ended up in a much happier relationship (and a better job). If you are afraid of therapy or have preconceived notions about what therapy be like, go see him. His style is so engaging and he is easy to talk to. I have seen a few therapists in the past and Dr. Nakisher is by far the best.” – Brian Smithe
Your Chicago Therapist
Dr. Helen Odessky a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and practicing Chicago therapist, focusing on anxiety and panic treatment. She is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure Therapy, which means that she uses research-based methods and teaches tools starting from the very first session.
Dr. Odessky is passionate about helping patients beat stress and anxiety. She believes that having coping skills is not enough to treat anxiety. Her goal for her patients is to gain tools to beat anxiety so that they can focus on living their lives!
For the past decade, she had the privilege of helping numerous individuals break the cycle of panic and anxiety.
Mood, Obsessive Compulsive, Depression, Generalized and Social Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Panic and Personality Disorders, Weight Loss, Specific and Social Phobia, Lifetime Maintenance, Stress Management, Low Self Esteem & Relationship Issues
“I have known Helen professionally for years now and I highly recommend her for her helpful and caring approach to her clients. Her specialty in treatment of anxiety is both innovative and effective. If you are looking to stop anxiety from stopping you, give Helen a call!” – Erika Fay
Sankofa Psychological Services
Dr. Jason LaHood is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He obtained his Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton. Additionally, he is an active member of the American Psychological Association.
In clinical practice, Dr. LaHood works with clients of all ages in individual, couples/family, and group formats.
Art Therapy, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Crisis Management, Existential Therapy, Family & Marital Counseling, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Intervention, Narrative, PTSD, Play Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Relational, Somatic, Transpersonal, Trama Focused
“I have gotten more constructive feedback and therapy in one session here than in an entire year at my previous psych. Highly recommend.” – Squilliam Fancyson
New Insights Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Amit Kakkar is the executive director and co-owner of New Insights Behavioral Health services. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with fifteen years of extensive experience in providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He brings a wealth of expertise in multiple out-patient and in-patient clinical settings including: community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, college counseling centers, residential treatment centers for adolescents, and EAP companies. His areas of focus include: depression, anxiety and panic disorder, identity issues, self-esteem, dating and relationship issues, trauma, the impact of disabilities, and multicultural issues.
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Bullying, Grief/loss, Identity Issues, Trauma, Anger management, ADHD, Child/Adolescent Issues, Marital/Couples Conflicts, Parenting/Family Issues
“Awesome therapists! So different from what you think of when you hear “psychologist”. Down to earth, easy to talk with and (true to the name) very insightful. I recommend anyone looking for therapy.” – Naomi Sosa
Dr. Alan M. Jaffe & Associates
Dr. Alan M. Jaffe is a clinical and forensic psychologist licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. He is a member of the faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry for the last 33 years.
Dr. Jaffe’s long-standing area of expertise has been in the area of family therapy, divorce related issues, custody evaluations, and addictive disorders. He has been distinguished in his teaching, article publications and author of book chapters. Also included in his publications are articles that deal with psychological assessment in child custody and Forensic Psychology, such as his recent article entitled, Dependent Personality as an Affirmative Defense.. He has testified in high profile rape and murder cases where substance use was an issue to be considered by the jury in their deliberations.
Dr. Jaffe was uniquely authorized to administer psychological testing to elected members of the House and Senate of the Illinois General Assembly for a research study of this population. In addition, he has worked with aviation and the airline industry where he has served as a consultant. He brings a large fund of psychological knowledge to this industry as a licensed pilot.
Expert Testimony, Child Custody Evaluation, Parenting Plan Mediation, Fitness to stand trial, Independent Medical Examinations, Sexual Offender Evaluations, Litigation with insurance companies, Employment disputes, Record review, Aiding the court in assessing addictive disorders including lab testing, Voluntary and mandated individual and family psychotherapy, Assessing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
“Sometimes, it takes another person to help us appreciate what we have, and to show us that nothing is impossible if we believe in ourselves. For me, that other person is you Jaffe Alan M PsyD – and I just want to say, thank you.” – Tayna Dresen
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