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
Owner & Therapist: Tory Krone, AM, LCSW
Tory spent many years studying the role of experience across the human lifespan. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology at Duke University, she 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 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This included two years of training under a University of Chicago Professor in his 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, family, 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 her 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. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois and an active member of the following professional organizations:
The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
The National Association of Social Workers
Therapist: Lindan Lawson, MSW, LCSW
Lindan's light-hearted and genuine demeanor creates an environment in which clients feel very comfortable engaging in therapy. Using a collaborative approach, Lindan works
with clients to identify and clear away obstacles that interfere with whatever life they imagine for themselves.
Lindan received her clinical training at New York University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse. She completed her undergraduate work at James Madison University where she graduated with honors.
Lindan continues to immerse herself in the latest research and innovations in the field and recently spent 18 months undergoing extensive training on Mindfulness. Lindan went on to share her knowledge via community presentations on
“Mindfulness and Meditation for Mental Wellness.”
Lindan has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) via Marsha Linehan’s training group, Behavioral Tech.
Because of her training and success with DBT, Lindan has presented on DBT at the University of Michigan; and has trained many new treatment teams in DBT.
Lindan's expertise lies in helping adolescents and adults struggling with depression, trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, and Mood Disorders to make lasting transformations. With the utmost compassion for her clients, Lindan integrates Dialectical, Cognitive Behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches to help her clients thrive.
Therapist: Rachel Sherron, MA, LCPC, RYT
Sessions with Rachel involve a collaborative approach to help you improve relationships, ease your racing mind, relax physical tension, and live a more fulfilling and balanced life. Whether you are struggling with work stress, trauma, challenging relationships or addictive behaviors, she will help you explore the issues you are facing and to better cope through crisis.
Rachel has spent nearly a decade studying and practicing a wide range of mind/body approaches for mental health and physical wellness. Rachel is a lifelong learner who stays at the forefront of cutting edge treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress and is currently enrolled in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, level 2 training on Trauma and Attachment.
Most recently, Rachel was the Coordinator of Trauma Awareness and Clinical Yoga Specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. She has traveled nationally training clinicians how to incorporate yoga and the body into trauma treatment and can be found in Chicago training yoga teachers on how to teach trauma-informed yoga. Currently, Rachel is part of a research team studying the impact of Yoga Therapy for people recovering from opioid addiction.
Rachel uses her passion for helping others to unlock the highest potential in all of her clients. Rachel has a passion for igniting change that leads to holistic wellness.
Therapist: Cara Stern, MS, MPhilEd, LCPC
Cara promotes a warm and safe environment in which clients can feel comfortable to engage in self-exploration and work to achieve personal growth. She is mindful of the vulnerability and courage shown in entering a therapeutic relationship and believes that vulnerability is the start of change and self-acceptance.
Cara has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and promotes a mindful, strengths-based, interactive approach to therapy. She specializes in working with women and couples concentrating on relational issues, life transition/adjustments, and mood regulation.
Cara holds a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova
University. She has previous experience as the
Coordinator of the co-occurring adult intensive
outpatient department at one of the largest community mental health centers in Pennsylvania. In addition, Cara has
worked in several private practice settings. Cara is passionate about delivering the highest quality of care for every client.
Therapist: Betsy Callan, AM, LCSW
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.
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 Psychotherapy, 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 earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago.
Resources Written by our Therapists
Krone, Tory, AM, LCSW. "Eating Disorders Breed Disconnection." Psych Central.
Callan, Betsy, AM, LCSW. “Binge Eating and the Myth of Will-Power and Self Control.” Eating Recovery Center.
Sherron, Rachel, MA, LPC, RYT. "The Psychology of a Warrior." Timberline Knolls Blog.
Sherron, Rachel, MA, LPC, RYT. "The Value of Yoga in Trauma Work." Eating Disorder Hope.
Krone, Tory, AM, LCSW. "The Role of Acceptance and Commitment in DBT." Timberline Knolls: Reaching Out.
Yoga Chicago Staff. "This Week's Teacher." Yoga Chicago.
This Week's Teacher: Rachel Sherron Matrejek.
Sherron, Rachel, MA, LPC, RYT. "Living the Path of Yoga Heals the Body, Mind and Spirit." Timberline Knolls Blog.
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 are active participants throughout the entire therapeutic process. Our clients are always "in the driver's seat," and we are right there alongside them, to help them navigate the journey.
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.
Our framework is both evidence-based and unique. We combine aspects of the latest Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), as well as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to treat OCD, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to treat trauma.
“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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 can provide you with a "superbill" that you can submit to your insurance company directly, in order to apply your out-of-network benefits. 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
545 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 4
Winnetka, IL 60093
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.
Our Winnetka office is conveniently located in downtown Winnetka right above “Cafe Aroma.” Street parking is free and always available right outside the office. If taking the Metra, we are just across the street from the Winnetka stop.