Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns adults, adolescents, and children are struggling with today.
Several of the therapists on our team have specialized training to help adults, adolescents, and children with anxiety. Anxiety left unchecked can cause significant problems in various areas of your life. Working with a therapist to receive focused treatment for anxiety can significantly improve your quality of life.
What is anxiety?
All people experience some level of anxiety. In many cases anxious feelings serve a practical purpose to warn us of danger and protect us in various situations. If you are in a situation that is potentially dangerous it makes sense to be anxious and your anxiety may even save your life. Anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to impact your day to day life or starts to feel overwhelming for you.
Am I experiencing anxiety?
Possible signs of anxiety can include, but are not limited to:
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive worrying
- Cold hands and feet
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
- Difficulty relaxing/ restlessness
- Fear or dread of something awful happening
Anxiety is unique and looks different for every person. It would be difficult to create an exhaustive list of possible symptoms. You may experience some of the things listed above or your anxiety may look completely different. If you feel that you may be experiencing anxiety then you should consider seeking help.
When should I seek help?
You should consider seeking help for your anxiety when you are troubled or worried about your experience of some of the symptoms above or when your anxiety is negatively impacting one of the following areas of your life:
- Work (difficulty keeping up with your work, interacting with coworkers, or supervisors. Not wanting to go to work)
- School (difficulty completing assignment, tests, focusing in class)
- Relationships (conflict with loved ones, avoidance of interactions or conversations with loved ones)
- Sleep (difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling tired when you wake up)
What kind of help is available?
Just as anxiety can look different for each person, the approaches that can help will not be the same for everyone. There are several approaches to therapy that can help with anxiety including, but not limited to CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Mindfulness. A therapist trained in anxiety treatment will be able to educate you about different options for treating your anxiety and help you choose an approach that is right for you.
Related Therapist Profiles
The following therapists specialize in Anxiety and Panic
Clark Barshinger, Ph.D.
Practicing clinical psychology for over 50 years, Dr. Clark Barshinger has broad and deep experience counseling patients. His graduate education includes a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from DePaul University, and Master’s Degree of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. He works mostly with adults, teens and couples.
Keith Bjorge, Psy.D.
Dr. Keith V. Bjorge is a clinical psychologist with 33+ years of experience. He has experience and passion working with troubled marriages, teen and family related problems, chemical addictions, and mood disorders. Dr. Bjorge earned the Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Brendan Bell, MA, LCPC
Brendan Bell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. He has worked in private practice for the last 20 years, with offices in both Deer Park and in Wheaton. His expertise involves working with middle schoolers, adolescents, and their families, with extensive experience addressing behavior disorders. Brendan also works with adults and particularly enjoys counseling artists.
Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW
Diane Geiser is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. Diane is a highly skilled clinician who can work with clients in identifying goals and change strategies that promote growth. She also has experience conducting wellness seminars with corporations and executives.
Rick Coffaro, MA, LPC
Rick Coffaro’s work experience prior to Cherry Hill includes twenty-eight years in sales, marketing, and management. The theme of his career was making, building and maintaining relationships. Rick offers first-hand knowledge of life and career transitions. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, adults, adolescents and young adults, and groups.
Karen Robbins, MSW, LCSW
Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience counseling teens, adults, couples, and families. She is trained in multiple empirically supported approaches including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. She focuses on developing rapport with clients and using strength-based approaches to facilitate healing and change.
Gary Gruebnau, MA, LSW
Gary is a social worker with several decades of experience counseling teens, adults, and couples in secular and church settings. He enjoys working with a broad age range of clients from teens to the elderly. His background includes military service, working in the business world, and teaching in both public and private settings.
Leslie Scofield, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Leslie Scofield, MSW, LCSW, CADC is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked in the field of substance abuse for over 15 years. Her practice ranges from children to adults, and focuses on trauma, grief and loss, family issues, and addictions. She is passionate about working with groups. Leslie is also retired from military service, which informs her clinical perspective.
Michelle Schaefer, MA, LCPC, PMH-C
Michelle Schaefer, LCPC, has experience working with adults, couples, teens, and families. Michelle has an advanced certification in Perinatal Mental Health and specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals, couples, and families. Michelle strives to create a secure client-therapist alliance in order to support people as they navigate life challenges and heal relationships.
Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW
Chelsea A. Laliberte Barnes received an MS in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in mental health for children, adolescents and families. Chelsea has nearly ten years of experience working with individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and dual diagnosis. Chelsea is also a SMART Recovery facilitator and overdose education trainer.
Elizabeth Haines, MS, LCPC
Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She values a strong therapeutic alliance and believes that a supportive and collaborative working relationship is instrumental in helping clients improve their overall quality of life. She uses her expertise in yoga and mindfulness to assist clients in learning to calm and relax the stressed body and mind.
Maria Catanzaro, MA, LPC
Maria has a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College. She believes that it is important to consider each person holistically including the mind, body, and soul. She uses creative methods to help clients articulate their feelings and solve problems. Maria enjoys working with a variety of clients including caregivers, parents, children, teens, young adults, and adults.
Patrick Kelly, MA, LPC, CCATP
Patrick’s mission as a Licensed Professional Counselor is to utilize his diverse life experience and graduate-level education to make a positive difference in the lives of struggling and hurting people. His passion is working with troubled marriages along with helping individuals cope with and rise above anxiety and depression brought about by life’s challenges and difficulties.
Jack Gordon, MSW, LCSW, CCATP
Jack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional. He works with adults, families, and adolescents ages 12 and up. He specializes in anxiety treatment and has a passion for work with clients with chronic pain/illness. His clinical interests include anxiety, parenting skills, life/career transitions, and family/relationship issues.
Lydia, Klassen, MA, LPC, CCTP
Lydia Klassen received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She has experience working with interpersonal issues, emotional regulation, grief, and trauma. Lydia strives to develop safety in the client-counselor relationship as she journeys with clients toward greater freedom in their lives. She has a particular interest in couples, families, and third-culture kids.
Maria Statkus Ritchey, MA, LCPC, CCATP-CA
Maria is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Maria is enthusiastic about working with different populations, including children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Maria has experience utilizing non-directive play therapy and her approach is client-centered based, while integrating client strengths within the process.
Kristine Buelow, MSW, LSW
Kristine has had the honor and opportunity to help many individuals and families over the past 25 years as a social worker. She truly enjoys working with seniors, family caregivers, adults, parents, teens and kids. Her approach is genuine, full of grace and with a sense of humor.
Liz Lattof, MA, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor at Cherry Hill Liz works with a wide variety of clients, children, adolescents, families, and adults. She has additional training in play therapy and groups. She enjoys helping people with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and other challenges and transitions.
Taylor Sheahen, MA, LCPC
Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has experience working with adults with substance use disorder, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, emotional regulation, and relationship and family conflict. Taylor’s goal is to help clients develop a healthy level of functioning, leading to renewed hope and happiness.
John Dichtl, MA, M.Div., LCPC
John Dichtl has worked as a counselor since 2012 in both agency work and private practice. He has focused experience providing couples counseling, and treating mood disorders and addictions. With graduate level training in both therapy and theology, John is uniquely equipped to help clients integrate their psychological and spiritual concerns.
Christina Vargas, MSW, LSW
Christina is a trilingual therapist (English, Spanish, and Thai) with a Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Michigan. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Christina emphasizes and acknowledges clients’ strengths as she guides them through their personal struggles in hopes that every client she works with will achieve their full potential.
John Kim, MA, LPC
John received his MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University where he gained experience doing therapeutic work through the university's counseling center. John is committed to building warm, authentic, and meaningful relationships with his clients as he helps them work toward their unique goals. He works with individuals, couples, and groups.
Risa Becker, MA, LPC
Risa is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a passion for seeing people come into the fullness of what their life could be. Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, and having someone alongside can make a difference. Other times we need to make a change and need support to make that happen. Either way, I am here for you.
Haley Kramer, MS, LPC
Haley has a master’s degree from Marquette University. She has experience working with young children and their families to address various issues such as trauma, behavioral problems, and emotion regulation. Haley has a passion for working with children ages 6 and younger. Haley believes in emphasizing a client’s strengths and advocating for their needs.
Alessa Rosati, MA, ALMFT
Alessa Rosati is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from Adler University with a Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy. Along with her work in private practice, Alessa has experience working in school environments and hospital settings. She specializes in helping adolescents and adults with relationship difficulties, issues of low self-esteem, grief and loss, anxiety, and stress.
Arielle Miree, MA, LPC
Arielle received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She has a passion for helping people heal and grow in order to live a meaningful life. She values authentic relationships and creating a safe space for clients. She has experience working with those struggling with addictions and co-occurring disorders. Arielle enjoys working with a variety of clients including athletes and artists.
Alison Yu, MA, M.Div., LPC
Alison Yu, M.Div, MA, LPC, is a bilingual (English and Mandarin Chinese) counselor who is experienced working with individuals, couples and families. She has a special heart for immigrant families. Trained in both psychology and theology, she is passionate about helping people to integrate the Christian faith in their healing process.
Kent Wohlrabe, MA, LCPC, CADC
Kent is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with many years of experience working with clients in a variety of clinical settings. Kent works primarily with adults and specializes in helping clients struggling with substance use and it's impact on daily life and relationships.
Shonda Gagliano, MSW, LCSW
Shonda Gagliano is a clinical social worker with over 20 years in the mental health field. She has experience working with adult and senior patients in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. She focuses on partnering with patients to identify and change thoughts and behaviors that are no longer beneficial to them. She is passionate about the ability of any person to change.
Justin Feinberg, MA, M.Div.
Justin’s Graduate education includes both a Master’s degree in Mental Health counseling as well as a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity International University. He works with individuals, couples, and families and has a heart to see relationships flourish and people become who they were meant to be. He has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and utilizes this toward helping marriages, families, and individuals thrive.
Jennifer Flanagan, MA
Jennifer has a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She has a passion for helping people see their strengths and potential. She believes this is accomplished through authentic relationships and support for and collaboration with others.
Rebecca Wiegman, MA
Rebecca received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She has experience working with children, individuals, families, and within groups. Rebecca is enthusiastic about working with different populations and has prior experience in the fields of education, health & fitness, and substance abuse.
Raul Bravo, MA, LPC
Raul Bravo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is bilingual (English and Spanish) and has experience working with adolescents and adults. He has worked with families struggling with trauma-related issues by helping them identify meaning and strength. His therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy.
Here are some groups we recommend to get started
Compassionate Connections Group
During this time of increased distance, stress, and uncertainty, women deserve the support, tools, and unity offered through our transformative therapeutic group.
Date: March 11, 2021
Location: Meetings via Zoom
Cost: $185/month (Please contact to discuss sliding scale fee if needed)
Contact: Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, 438-4222 x35
Connections Group for Women
Our Wednesday Women’s Connections group is accepting new members. The group is led by therapists Diane Geiser, MSW, LCSW and Chelsea Laliberte, MSSA.
Date: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Cherry Hill – Lake Zurich, 61 S. Old Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Cost: $185/month (Please contact to discuss sliding scale fee if needed)
Contact: Chelsea Laliberte, 847-438-4222 x35