How We Can Help
Imagine if your days were no longer consumed by distressing thoughts, ineffective behaviors, or avoidance of painful memories or emotions. How would it feel to have a sense of purpose and vitality in your everyday life and a true sense of where you are headed?
If you are committed to making lasting change, our work together can help you:
· Transform your relationship with self-defeating thoughts and distressing feelings
· Reduce or stop ineffective habits or patterns
· Become more present in your day-to-day life
· Improve your relationships and become more open to new ones
· Learn how to better manage life stressors
· Live life in accordance with your values and no longer allow fear or other emotions to prevent you from reaching your goals
Is This Therapy for Me?
Our central expertise is helping people who engage in destructive or "unworkable" behaviors as their way of coping with difficult life circumstances, traumatic memories, distressing thoughts or painful emotions.
We collaborate with each of our clients to help them figure out what is and is not working for them; and we support them in learning and practicing new, healthier ways of responding to their experiences. Some of the areas we most commonly address, include:
Worry, fear, or nervousness that is getting in the way of life goals or values
Obsessive or ruminative thoughts
Difficulty regulating one's emotions
Adjusting to a new life transition (divorce, new baby, job change, recent move, starting college)
Purging behaviors (self induced vomiting, exercising to compensate for meals, restriction/binge cycles)
Difficulty achieving one's goals
Trouble managing difficult life circumstances or stressors
Problematic alcohol use
Self-defeating thoughts or "self sabotaging" behavior
Problematic drug or tobacco use
Difficulty living in the present moment
Uncertainty about what one wants out of life, what career to choose, etc.
Feelings of worthlessness, sadness, or guilt
Relationship challenges (interpersonal conflict, difficulty maintaining relationships, intimacy concerns)
Body image and weight concerns
Other escape/avoidance behavior (e.g. skipping work, spending the day in bed, avoiding social engagements, excessive internet use).
Meet our Therapists
Founder & Managing Director: Tory Krone, AM, LCSW
Tory obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Duke University and completed a post-graduate program at Georgetown University on the Science of Effective Human Development. For graduate school, at The University of Chicago, Tory pursued a dual administrative and clinical advanced degree, which furthered her desire to facilitate change on both macro and micro levels.
Tory spent three years of postgraduate work training extensively in the latest forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This included two years of training under a University of Chicago Professor in a comprehensive DBT/ACT outpatient program, and one on one supervision with Dr. John Forsyth, renowned author and ACT trainer. In addition to her work as an individual, couple’s, and group therapist across the whole continuum of care, she has taken on leadership roles in outpatient, partial hospital, and residential treatment settings.
Most recently, Tory was the Clinical Director of a treatment center located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. In this role, she was responsible for developing the clinical program, supervising and hiring all clinical staff, and overseeing all clinical operations. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Clinical Training of Timberline Knolls, a nationally renowned residential treatment facility for women with co-occurring disorders, and was on the faculty of their Clinical Development Institute. Tory was responsible for training other clinicians and gave national presentations on the treatment of eating disorders, co-occuring disorders, addictions, and trauma.
Tory is passionate about being at the forefront of behavioral health research and innovation in order to provide unparalleled, evidence-based care to Proactive clients. Clinically, she is interested in integrating contextually rooted behavioral therapies, particularly ACT and DBT, to help clients address and undermine the factors which fuel and maintain their unworkable patterns.
Therapist & DBT specialist: Lindan Lawson, MSW, LCSW
Lindan is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and DBT Specialist. Lindan received her clinical training at New York University (NYU) where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse. She obtained her Bachelor’s from James Madison University where she graduated with honors.
Lindan has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) via Marsha Linehan’s training group. Because of her training and success with DBT, Lindan is a leader in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Lindan has been invited to present on DBT across the nation, and most recently presented at the University of Michigan. Lindan has trained many new teams of therapists in DBT and continues to offer clinical training to indiviudal therapists and clinical treatment teams.
Lindan stays up to date on the latest research and innovations in the field and recently spent 18 months undergoing extensive training on Mindfulness. Lindan incorporates this training into her sessions and enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness with her clients. Lindan strategically integrates Dialectical, Cognitive Behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches to create a custom plan for each person.
Lindan’s expertise is best suited for people struggling with depression, trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and Mood Disorders. With the utmost compassion and authenticity, Lindan creates an environment in which you will immediately feel at ease. Using a collaborative approach, Lindan will work with you to identify and clear away obstacles that have gotten in the way of living the life you imagine.
Therapist: Tony Bates,AM, LSW, JD
Tony earned his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He also holds degrees from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Oklahoma.
Tony works with individuals who wish to create meaningful change in their lives. His specialty is working with adults who are struggling with difficult thoughts, painful feelings, or challenging life circumstances and who find themselves coping with those stressors in unhelpful or ineffective ways. He helps his clients be more present in their daily lives, regulate their distressing emotions, increase their willingness to move toward their life values, and identify commitments that will help create a more purposeful, fulfilling life.
Tony has experience working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, panic attacks, addictive behaviors, PTSD, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal difficulties. As a non-practicing attorney, he is particularly sensitive to the demands and pressures of law, medicine, business, and consulting.
He is passionate about providing high-quality treatment that is backed by the latest advances in scientific research. He has been extensively trained in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other evidence-based treatment interventions such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and mindfulness. He is committed to lifelong learning and participates regularly in ongoing education and consultation opportunities.
Tony believes in the importance of collaboration in the therapy room, and will work with you to develop an individual treatment plan to help move you closer to your treatment goals. Tony practices from a behavioral perspective, which means the focus will be on doing things differently and noticing what happens. He will work with you to identify what really matters to you—who or what in your life gives you a sense of meaning or purpose—and will help you to develop skills that will allow you to take concrete steps toward a more enriching life.
Therapist: Betsy Callan, AM, LCSW
Betsy Callan is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and Eating Disorder Specialist. Betsy earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago.
As a clinician who has worked in several different treatment centers, Betsy is able to help people struggling with even the most challenging issues. Betsy’s experience includes two years at The Renfrew Center of New York as a therapist and admissions coordinator and many years as a therapist at the Eating Recovery Center (ERC) of Chicago where she co-launched the Binge Eating Partial Hospital (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs. Prior to joining Proactive, Betsy was the Clinical Manger of the Binge Eating PHP and IOP programs at ERC.
Betsy uses all evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP); and she has presented on these frameworks at conferences in Denver and Dallas. Betsy specializes in compulsive overeating, OCD and all anxiety disorders, and she enjoys helping people struggling with relationships.
Betsy’s clients describe her as authentic, warm, and open and have said they enjoy her lighthearted and, at times, humorous approach. Betsy helps her clients live a life that aligns with their values and helps them identify what they want in the future. Betsy cherishes her time with clients and creates strong therapeutic bonds with each person.
Therapist: Regan Murphy, AM, LCSW
Regan Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and DBT and ACT Specialist. Regan earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern and her graduate degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.
Regan is deeply committed to helping people develop and pursue the life they want to live. Regan approaches her role as a collaborator, consultant and coach to help you reach your goals. She will support you in identifying barriers that are holding you back; will help you to increase motivation and self-compassion; and will help you enhance your capacity to respond to stressors. She strives to provide a safe and reliable relationship, and creates an inviting space to promote discussion around your thoughts, feelings, actions, goals, and values.
Regan specializes in mindfulness-based therapies, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which help people struggling with thoughts, emotions, impulses and relationships. She has particular expertise and interest in helping people impacted by depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, life transitions, and family/relationship issues.
Regan sees adults for individual therapy as well as couple’s therapy. She also facilitates one of our weekly DBT skills groups.
OUR APPROACH: EVIDENCED-BASED TREATMENT
In your first session, we will discuss how you are living in the present and where you would ideally like to be in six months from that date. The rest of our work together is about closing that gap. We help our clients look at their patterns of behavior, clarify the things they do that work for them and those that work against them, support them in implementing more effective strategies, and determining valued life directions.
We empower our clients to fundamentally change the way they live their lives by providing concrete skills and strategies that teach our clients how to help themselves. We firmly believe in an integrative approach to treatment that targets both mind and body to maximize your overall wellness.
“If you ask people what they want, so many people will say that they don’t want to feel fear, they don’t want to be sad. It turns out what they really believe is that if they did that, then they would be able to do something. And in that something is what they really want. It isn’t just that they want to get rid of the anxiety, get rid of the sadness. They may want to live a life that’s more open, more participatory, contributing to others more and being more connected. — Steven Hayes, Founder of ACT
Together, we will create an individualized plan that will include many of the following components:
Goal Setting and Motivational Enhancement
Coping and Mindfulness Skills
Empowering treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to address problematic actions and support healthier lifestyle choices
A quality of life plan that centers around your values and includes meaningful interests, activities, relationships, aspirations and commitments.
for Clinicians & Corporations:
Supervision for therapists
Training in ACT/DBT
Borderline Personality Disorder
Addiction and substance abuse
Panic Disorder or panic attacks
General work or life stress
Lack of purpose/meaning in life
Anxiety (excessive worry, obsessive thoughts, nervousness)
All Eating Disorders or disordered eating patterns
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
There are several convenient ways to book appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I've tried therapy before. How are you different?
We want you to move forward and we'll help you get "un-stuck." Some types of therapy focus more on the past than on the present or future. No matter how much insight we might gain about ourselves, insight alone does not produce growth. In our work together, we'll be curious about unworkable patterns that are holding you back; and with a great deal of compassion, we'll work on finding healthier ways to meet your needs while helping you live more whole-heartedly.
We use interventions that are empirically validated.
Our level of experience sets us apart. We are highly trained clinicians that have worked in many different treatment settings (inpatient units, residential treatment, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient programs).
We pay attention to data and make sure that you are benefitting from our work together. From day 1, you will complete an outcome measure that will help us establish a baseline. You will complete this same measure at pre-determined intervals throughout our work together, so that we can evaluate your progress and make sure that you are benefiting from treatment.
Q: I'd like to book an appointment. what do i do?
Please reach out! You can contact us using the "contact us" form, by Email: email@example.com or by phone 312-626.1800.
If you'd like to have a brief phone conversation before scheduling, to ask questions or to see which of our therapists is the right fit, please Email info@proactivepsychotherapy to schedule a brief phone call.
We know that when you are ready to book a session, you don't want to wait weeks to see someone. You will be able to book same-week appointments.
After we have confirmed a time to meet, you will receive a link to our online portal. You can complete all of the initial paperwork and include your insurance information up front, so we don't have to spend time on this during our initial appointment.
You will receive an Email with directions to the office. We look forward to meeting you!
Q: What are your session fees?
Initial intake appointment - 60 minutes - $165
Individual Therapy Session - 50 minutes - $150
Couples' Therapy Session - 60 minutes - $165
Payment is due at the time of service. We accept cash, check, or credit card. Most of our clients prefer to pay via our online portal which makes payment automatic and allows you to check your invoices online.
Q: Will my insurance cover my sessions?
We are in-network providers with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. If you have BCBS PPO, we recommend you call the number on the back of your card and find out answers to the following questions, as you are ultimately responsible for the full cost of therapy.
What are my in-network benefits to see an outpatient mental health provider?
How much is my deductible and how much of it has been met? Do I have any co-insurance?
Do I have a co-pay?
How many mental health sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?.
We are out-of-network providers for all other insurance plans. This means that you are responsible for payment, in full, at the time of service. If you would like, we are happy to “courtesy bill” for you, meaning that after we receive payment from you, we will submit a claim directly to your insurance company, and they will reimburse you whatever percentage is in your contract with them for out of network therapy. It is best to check with your insurance in advance to determine your out-of-network therapy benefits and the amount you can expect to be reimbursed. Some of our clients get up to 75% reimbursement from their insurance company, which makes their total cost about the same as a co-pay.
*Please note that if you choose to use your insurance, we will need to include a mental health diagnosis, as this is required by insurance companies in order to provide reimbursement. For this reason, some people prefer not to apply their benefits for therapy.
Proactive Psychotherapy takes a cutting-edge approach to what ails people. Research shows that the struggle to be happy-- the endless days and sometimes decades of trying to be different than you are-- is not only futile, but life and meaning draining. Here, we have compiled many resources that align with the spirit and philosophy of our Proactive approach.
Check out each section below based on what you most need in the moment, and check back often for updates!
When we begin to appreciate how much of life is beyond our control, compassion for our suffering becomes the most appropriate response.
Self-compassion can ease our distress and reconnect us with our resilience.
Mindfulness is a “hot topic” in psychology right now - increasingly recognised as a powerful therapeutic intervention for everything from work stress to depression - and also as an effective tool for increasing emotional intelligence, increasing self-awareness, and effectively handling painful thoughts and feelings.
Although mindfulness has only recently been embraced by Western psychology, it is an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism and Yoga. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness.
Mindfulness is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. Kabat-Zinn calls it, "The art of conscious living." It is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional resilience, and increase life satisfaction.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a powerful mindfulness-based therapy (and coaching model) which currently leads the field in terms of research, application and results.
What our clients have to say
"I initially started to see Tori for help with over 20 years of multiple eating disorders. I am 41 and have tried many forms of therapy before. What I love most about Tori is that we work on the real stuff that matters in life. She challenges me to live the life that I know I am capable of. She incorporates mindfulness and self compassion into her sessions. At the end of every day, I am accountable to her through a commitment card. Tori is changing my life. For anyone who suffers from an eating disorder, there is hope. There really is. Tori also has a team that she works with. For me, having multiple people on the same page has been crucial. And I drive 2 hours to see her. When I first met Tori, I knew I needed her care. She will see me through this and when i get to the other side....we will have done this together." -B.K. Fox Point, WI
"You have truly saved my life. You were able to unlock the part of me that has the strength to persevere, and now, the skills to survive. Until you came into my life, all I was able to focus on were the "why" questions about my disorders. You've taught me to examine "how" questions, instead, and suddenly everything locked into place. Now I know that I can "feel" and my world won't come crashing down. You've helped bring me back to life!" - C.M. Washington D.C.
"My therapist at Proactive Psychotherapy has been amazingly influential in helping me to accept some really challenging things that I have struggled with for many years. In just a few short months, I am learning to accept myself as a whole person, to accept past traumas, and to manage my feelings in a healthy way." - K.M. Chicago, IL
"Thank you, Tory, from the bottom of my heart-not only for helping me, but for teaching me how I can help myself." - A.R. Canada
We look forward to hearing from you! Please use the following form to request an initial appointment or to reach out with questions about our practice. We will respond by Email to all inquiries within 24 hours.
20 North Clark Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602
Our downtown office is conveniently located in "The Loop" in the heart of Downtown Chicago. We are located on the corner of Madison and N. Clark.
Proactive Psychotherapy is Hiring!
Proactive Psychotherapy, LLC is seeking two fully-licensed therapists (Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW, LCPC, or LMFT) for our growing practice. We are a thriving group therapy practice located in the Loop and in the Northshore. We promote connection, a strong team atmosphere, and professional growth. As we continue to expand, we are looking for well-trained and talented therapists who are passionate about their work and motivated to grow as clinicians.
We specialize in mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapies--particularly ACT and DBT. An ideal candidate would have experience working from a behavioral and trans-diagnostic approach.
This position is ideal for someone who wants to grow professionally, have connection with other clinicians and the opportunity for supervision and consultation. It's a great opportunity for someone who would like to focus on clinical work without the administrative burden and isolation that often comes with private practice. We have beautiful, fully furnished offices- all with windows.
Candidates will begin on a part-time basis and will build to a full case load. Our most recent hire has a full case load of 25 clients/week after just two months.
Primary responsibilities include carrying a caseload of 20-25 individual therapy clients, leading therapy groups (this is optional), participating in limited marketing efforts (writing blog posts), and attending networking events.
Fully licensed in the state of Illinois.
Training in evidence-based treatment—e.g., ACT, ERP, DBT, MI, Gottman Method etc.
Experience in the treatment of some or all of the following: eating disorders, anxiety disorders (social anxiety, GAD, panic disorder, phobias) trauma, couples’ therapy, OCD, and mood disorders.
Willing to see a minimum of 20 clients/week
Able to work 1-2 evenings and one weekend day per week
Ability to keep up to date and thorough notes, schedule clients, and communicate with referral sources and collateral contacts.
If you are interested in working with us, please Email a cover letter, resume and two references to Tory Krone at the following Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include main areas of expertise and population with whom you'd most like to work. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you by Email.