About Light On Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago

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


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

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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
(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. 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

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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 worked as a school social worker at several Chicago Public Schools. In this role, Tracy provides students with tools and support to enhance their social skills, anger management, anxiety/depressionmanagement and executive functioning, amongst others. At Light on Anxiety Treatment Center, Tracy works with children, adolescents and adults to overcome various anxieties using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), mindfulness, and compassion-focused therapy.

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 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

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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.

In collaboration with leading experts in the study of anxiety and depression, Ashley has published in top psychological and medical journals on the roles of positive emotions in these conditions. She draws on her scientific understanding to inform her clinical practice, using evidence-based methods, such as mindfulness, to help patients uncover strengths and enhance well-being. Recognizing the benefits of mindfulness in her own life, Ashley keeps a daily meditation practice, and helps organize an annual conference on mindfulness and compassion in society.

Rachel Aredia Light On Anxiety Therapist

Rachel Aredia, LCPC
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645

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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. She completed her clinical internship at the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department. Here, she provided therapy to adolescents who experienced trauma, anxiety, learning disorders, and behavioral disorders. She is currently employed with the CCJPD as a Clinical Counselor and continues to provide CBT based treatment to her client base. Rachel has obtained advanced training in CBT for anxiety and related disorders.  In addition, she has a special interest 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 Azevedo Feldstein, M.Ed., LPC
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645

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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 has provided individual behavioral health counseling to children and families that included parenting education,  therapy for children and families struggling with anxiety, oppositional defiant and disruptive behavior disorders, divorce, trauma, and adoption issues.  Camila also provided counseling to young adults at the Counseling and Academic Success Clinic at the Cleveland State University. 

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.  Her experience with underprivileged individuals both in her native country and in the US, has built the foundation for her compassionate and culturally sensitive approach to counseling, where treatment is based on the whole-person.

Michelle Lozano Light On Anxiety Therapist

Michelle Lozano, AMFT
Light On Anxiety Therapist
(312) 508-3645 Ext. 8

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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. 
Additionally, Michelle held an assistantship position in the Community Program of The Family Institute, where she addressed the cultural and economic barriers to therapy by providing home-based and school-based therapy with children and their families in both English and Spanish. In this work, Michelle provided parenting education, therapy for children with behavioral issues, and worked with families struggling with divorce, trauma, grief and loss.
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.

Light On Anxiety Affiliates

Aarti Gupta Light On Anxiety

Dr. Aarti Gupta, PsyD
Light On Anxiety Affiliate
(781) 763-7898

Dr. Gupta received her PsyD from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University, Chicago) in 2013 and her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 2005. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Grand Prairie Services in Flossmoor, IL. Her internship provided intensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapies amongst child, adolescent, and adult populations. 

Dr. Gupta’s orientation is rooted in cognitive and behavioral techniques, however she integrates this approach with interpersonal and family-based therapies while emphasizing cultural sensitivity. She understands the importance of the therapeutic alliance and actively works to empower each client using strengths-based treatment plans and ongoing collaboration in order to tailor therapy to each client’s unique challenges and skills. Dr. Gupta is able to see clients on a sliding scale basis.

Palak Light On Anxiety

Palak Vani, LSW
Light On Anxiety Affiliate
(248) 973-7510

Palak received her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She completed her first internship at Methodist Children’s Home Society in Redford, Michigan and her final internship in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Palak also possesses post-graduate experience providing outpatient behavioral health services.

Palak believes in providing clients with an opportunity to become empowered by their own strengths through the use of many techniques. Palak focuses her treatment on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, Palak also integrates motivational, dialectical, mindfulness, family, attachment and trauma-focused therapies. Palak practices cultural humility and aims to build a strong therapeutic alliance with each of her clients. Palak also values group dynamics and facilitates group therapy. Palak is able to see clients on a sliding scale basis.