Dr. Karen Cassiday empowers patients to overcome their struggles with anxiety, compulsions, phobias, social anxiety, worry, and depression. She approaches each patient with enthusiasm, persistence, and a keen sense of humor, crafting individualized, research-based treatment plans for each person. Her goal is to make each patient an expert at managing their own anxiety so they can face any future event with confidence and courage. She loves being able to laugh and celebrate along with patients as they overcome their most difficult situations.
Dr. Cassiday is often sought out to treat the most challenging patients who have not had success in other treatment environments. She is particularly skilled at working with complicated cases of anxiety disorders, young children, selective mutism, OCD, and school refusal. Her experience as a special-needs parent and mother of a child with selective mutism gives her a unique insider’s perspective, and she understands the parental challenges of balancing work, family, and a child’s complex needs. She enjoys using her expertise to help families overcome anxiety and mood disorders and the dilemmas of parenting in a high-stress digital world. She especially enjoys helping parents find their own inner truth of parenting with authenticity, joy, and good humor.
Dr. Cassiday received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Nationally recognized as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children, teens, and adults, she has conducted extensive research into anxiety and is widely published. She is the Past President of the prestigious Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and served on the board of Beyond OCD Chicago. She is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In addition, she serves on the faculty of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation Behavior Therapy Institute and at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. A sought-after national speaker on television, radio, and at professional training seminars, Dr. Cassiday has appeared as an expert consultant on Animal Hoarders on TNT and on NBC’s Today Show. Her expertise has been tapped through commentary in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and numerous other publications. A recent TEDx speaker at the TEDx YouthAtWonderland event in Canada, Dr. Cassiday is also the founder of Moms Without Worry, a program that helps mothers overcome overwhelm and the cultural pressure to be perfect and to raise perfect kids.
Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, ACT
Owner and Managing Director
Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
707 Lake Cook Road, Suite 310
Deerfield IL 60015