Welcome to Proactive!
Proactive Psychotherapy is a therapy practice located in the heart of downtown Chicago (The Loop) as well as in the Northshore of Chicago (Winnetka). Our mission is to help adults and older adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, relationship problems, times of change and increased stress (e.g. transition to parenthood, going off to college, getting married or starting a new job). Our specialty is helping people build more meaningful, authentic, and purpose-driven lives.
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).