Frequently Asked Questions


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the gold-standard, evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, and related disorders. To learn more about CBT and the types of treatment we provide, check out evidence-based treatment.

What are the most common misperceptions about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
At times, CBT is misperceived as a “band-aid,” “cookie-cutter,” or “just think positive” approach that does not address the root of the problem or the individual person. However, this is not the case! CBT identifies the function and origin of the problem allowing our clinicians to meet the patient where they are. CBT uses current and historical information to inform a thorough understanding of the person and tailor effective, individualized treatment plans. We then work together with our patients to encourage courageous action, facilitate positive growth, and improve overall behavioral health resulting in significant and meaningful change. To learn more about CBT and the types of treatment we provide, check out evidence-based treatment

What can we expect at the initial evaluation appointment?
Initial evaluation appointments are 90 minutes in length and allow our clinicians to gather relevant history, discuss current concerns, and assess clinical needs. At the end of the appointment, we provide feedback and treatment recommendations on how to best move forward and answer any questions you may have. Should we determine that treatment at our clinic is the most effective option for your current clinical needs, we discuss what to expect from treatment and collaboratively prioritize treatment goals. Adults may choose to attend individually or to bring a partner or family member with them. For children, the initial evaluation appointments are typically with parent(s) only, depending on the patient’s age and presenting concern. Learn more about evidence-based treatment at our clinic.

How long does treatment last?
The clinical psychologists at CAO specialize in evidence-based treatments designed to provide noticeable symptom reduction, improve functioning, and enhance quality of life. In general, the length of treatment depends on a number of factors including a patient’s current functioning, history of the presenting concern, treatment goals, level of motivation, and willingness to engage in healthy practices during and between appointments. Research shows that patients who complete between-session treatment tasks benefit from treatment more quickly. While treatment at our center is typically short-term, patients may return for “boosters” to polish up their skills or apply their strategies in a new way, particularly during times of life transitions. Our clinicians and patients work collaboratively to routinely assess progress and adjust treatment plans as needed to ensure the most efficient approach to care. To learn more about CBT and the types of treatment we provide, check out evidence-based treatment.

Can you help with medication management? Do you work with my other healthcare providers?
At CAO, we provide evidence-based behavioral health services and do not prescribe medication. However, we closely and consistently collaborate with psychiatrists and other healthcare providers for effective medication management. We have long-standing relationships with experts in our community and, in the event an evaluation for medication is necessary, we can provide the appropriate referrals. We are also happy to collaborate with your already established providers. For more information visit how we treat

Do you only treat anxiety disorders?
While we specialize in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, depression, and related disorders, we also have depth and breadth of experience treating a wide range of clinical diagnoses (including when a patient is struggling with more than one presenting concern). We are known for our expertise in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments. Learn more about who we treat and common presenting concerns.

Where are you located and what communities do you serve?
We are located in Deerfield, Illinois serving patients on the North Shore of Chicago. However, patients will travel from the greater Chicagoland area to receive specialized services at our clinic. For more information on where to find us and access from surrounding communities, check out our location

How much does treatment cost?
Our fees are comparable to other highly skilled specialists in the region. Payment is accepted at the time of service. We accept credit cards, check, or cash. Contact us for more information.

Do you accept insurance?
We are considered out-of-network treatment providers. As a fee-for-service clinic, we are able to provide best practice interventions without being constrained by insurance guidelines. These interventions can result in a shorter duration of treatment and prove to be more cost-effective in the long run. Patients are responsible for payment at the time of service. Upon request, patients are provided with a statement called a Superbill that includes all necessary information for patients to submit to their insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. Some patients utilize their Flexible Healthcare Savings Accounts to pay for treatment. Coverage and reimbursement varies depending on a patient’s insurance company and plan. We encourage patients to contact their insurance company to verify their options. We are able to provide any additional information or documentation as needed. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.