About Light On Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago

Our mission is to decrease the pain and suffering associated with untreated anxiety disorders.

Light On Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago offers CBT based treatment to children, adolescents and adults with a focus on anxiety and stress-related disorders, including OCD, PTSD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, separation anxiety disorder, compulsive skin picking, and trichotillomania. Light on Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago applies the principles of evidence-based treatments while at the same time treating the whole person, with deep respect for the human spirit and the challenges we all face on our journey through life.

Office Locations

Lakeview

Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center
1300 West Belmont, Suite 312
Chicago, IL 60657

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Vernon Hills/Libertyville

Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center
100 Saunders Rd., Suite 150
Lake Forest, IL 60045

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Clinical Staff

Debra Kissen Light On Anxiety

Dr. Debra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A
Clinic Director, Chicago Location
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 2
drdebra@lightonanxiety.com

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Dr. Kissen is the Clinical Director of the Light On Anxiety Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Kissen is the author of the Panic Workbook for Teens and is an active contributor to the Huffington Post and shares information on empirically supported treatment for anxiety and related disorders.  Dr. Kissen has completed advanced training in CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), including skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting. Dr. Kissen also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and their application for anxiety disorders. Mindfulness based treatment for anxiety entails noting that which is uncomfortable, and then allowing these thoughts and sensations to pass, without clinging to them or attempting to eliminate them. Dr. Kissen has presented her research on mindfulness-based treatments at regional and national conferences. Dr. Kissen serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Beyond OCD and is the Chair of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Public Education Committee.


Dr. Bari Cohen Light On Anxiety

Bari Cohen, Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Vernon Hills/Libertyville Location

drbari@lightonanxiety.com
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 6
Vernon Hills/Libertyville Area
100 Saunders Rd., Suite 150
Lake Forest, IL 60045

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Dr. Bari Cohen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her doctoral degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She completed her internship in pediatric psychology at Rush University in Chicago. Dr. Cohen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and various related disorders, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD. Dr. Cohen has over 10 years of experience treating anxiety and related disorders and has held leadership positions at several of Chicago's top mental health treatment centers. She is the co-author of the Panic Workbook for Teens. Dr. Cohen enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. 


Tracy Heskett Light On Anxiety

Tracy Heskett, LCSW
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 4
tracy@lightonanxiety.com

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Tracy received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to this, Tracy earned a Master of Sociology at DePaul University and her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Tracy has received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders as well as other empirically supported treatments such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Habit Reversal Training for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors. Tracy works with children, adolescents and adults to overcome various anxieties using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), mindfulness, and compassion-focused therapy. Tracy is dedicated to helping others live with reduced anxiety and better enjoy their daily lives. She does this through compassion, acceptance, and especially humor.  


Ashley Kendall Light On Anxiety

Ashley Kendall, Ph.D.
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645
kendall@lightonanxiety.com

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Ashley received her PhD from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). She has completed extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, The University of Chicago Medical Center, and the University of Illinois Hospital. In addition to experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and related disorders, Ashley has specialized training in CBT for couples.  Ashley has completed advanced training in CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), including skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting. Ashley provides empirically-supported interventions in a flexible fashion, working to understand each client as a whole person and respond to the client's particular needs. She enjoys building strong therapeutic relationships in a safe and supportive environment.


Rachel Aredia Light On Anxiety Therapist

Rachel Aredia, LCPC
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 5
rachel@lightonanxiety.com

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Rachel received her Master of Clinical Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Rachel has extensive experience in behavioral health counseling with adolescents and families that exhibit anxiety and related disorders, oppositional defiant and disruptive behavior disorders, trauma, and school issues.  She has a special interest in CBT for anxiety, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder and related disorders, and has received specialized training in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy as well as mindfulness-based treatment therapy, and motivational interviewing.  In addition, she has obtained advanced training in the application of CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), including skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting. Rachel’s treatment approach is described as supportive, educational, solution focused, while also being friendly, intuitive, and compassionate with a bit of humor thrown in.


Camila Feldstein Light On Anxiety Therapist

Camila Feldstein, M.Ed., LPC
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 7
camila@lightonanxiety.com

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Camila received her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University.  She has also received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Cleveland State University.  Camila’s educational background includes Psychology of Human Development, Education, and Early Childhood Development. She specializes in behavioral health counseling to children and families that include parenting education, therapy for children and families struggling with anxiety, oppositional defiant and disruptive behavior disorders, divorce, trauma, and adoption issues. Camila has received advanced training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Disorders, CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Experiential Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Attachment and Play-Based Therapy, and Clinical Issues in Adoption.  As a native of Brazil, Camila can provide treatment in both Portuguese and conversational Spanish. Camila provides compassionate and culturally sensitive CBT based therapy, where treatment is based on the whole-person.


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Michelle Lozano 
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 8
michelle@lightonanxiety.com

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Michelle Lozano received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University- Evanston, IL, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Michelle’s treatment approach includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques and psycho-education. Michelle completed her clinical internship at The Family Institute - Evanston, IL, conducting individual, couple and family therapy in the outpatient clinic. Here, Michelle worked primarily with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression and related disorders on emotion regulation, developing adaptive coping skills and enhancing their relationships with their significant others. Michelle believes in working collaboratively with clients on their goals, and approaches every client with her relatable, comforting and warm presence. Michelle has obtained advanced training in the treatment of OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Trichotillomania, skin picking and other anxiety disorders.

Ashley Henderson Light On Anxiety Therapist

Ashley Henderson
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 9
ashley.henderson@lightonanxiety.com

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Ashley received a Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of Central Florida. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults and approaches her work with a warm personality, patience, and a desire to help her client’s grow and thrive in their daily lives. Ashley has a special interest in utilizing behavior modification to reduce anxiety behaviors and enhance effective coping and stress management. She has advanced training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and various related disorders.


Dominique Light On Anxiety Therapist

Dominique Apollon 
Light On Anxiety Behavior Specialist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 10
dominique@lightonanxiety.com

Dominique is  receiving her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at DePaul University.   She has also received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Illinois University. Dominique has clinical experience providing therapy to youth, adolescence and adults. In addition, Dominique has advanced training  in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and related disorders. Dominique also manages Light on Anxiety provider relationships in order to enhance collaboration and effectiveness of care delivery for Light on Anxiety clients. 

Alyssa Hakimian

Alyssa Hakimian 
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 12
alyssa@lightonanxiety.com

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Alyssa received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. She completed her internship at Presence Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center, where she performed individual and group therapy for the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  Alyssa continued her clinical work at a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program, treating children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral, social and emotional issues. Alyssa believes in creating a collaborative, authentic and empathic relationship with her clients. She has advanced training in both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  By using techniques such as cognitive restructuring, mindfulness and emotion regulation, Alyssa works with her clients to improve their overall quality of life. 

Aida Light On Anxiety Therapist

Aida Tolea 
Light On Anxiety Practice Manager
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 11
aida@lightonanxiety.com

Aida is currently enrolled in a BA in Health Information Management at University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining Light on Anxiety, she worked at a dental office in the Chicago area as an intern assistant manager. Aida specializes in billing, handles health insurance claims, implements policies and procedures to keep the medical office running smoothly. She is also responsible for staffing, ensuring compliance with regulations, managing the revenue cycle and helping to oversee the security procedures that guard the private information of the business and its patients.