Cognitive Therapy Center
The Cognitive Therapy Center in Chicago, Illinois, is a clinical and academic component of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. Rush and its Department of Psychiatry have a national reputation in patient care, education and research. The Cognitive Therapy Center offers evaluation and treatment with cognitive therapy and other cognitive-behavioral therapies for individuals suffering from a variety of psychological problems and psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), trichotillomania, skin picking, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and specific phobia. Some patients are treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy alone; others are treated with a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication.
Cognitive therapy is an active and structured form of psychotherapy based on the idea that the way an individual views the world has a major influence on emotions and behavior. Dysfunctional cognitions (thoughts or mental pictures) lead to unpleasant feelings and maladaptive behavior. For example, depressed individuals tend to look at the world through gray-colored glasses and have negative views of themselves, their experiences and the future. A variety of cognitive and behavioral strategies are employed to help individuals recognize the connection between negative automatic thoughts, emotions and behavior, substitute more useful interpretations for dysfunctional beliefs, and learn new tools for dealing with stressful situations.
Ira S. Halper, MD, is director of the center. He is a board-certified psychiatrist, a diplomate and fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has an interest in both psychopharmacology and cognitive-behavioral therapies and has had a number of years of experience in the use of these treatments.
Amer Smajkic, MD, is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is a professional colleague of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Smajkic also has an interest in both psychopharmacology and cognitive-behavioral therapies.
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Rush Professional Office Building
1725 W. Harrison St., Suite 958
Chicago, IL 60612
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