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The Centers for Family Change uses this section of our website to help you stay current on any changes about our practice including: new staff and new services. We also will list any new workshops we are offering. In addition, we will take the opportunity to update you on the professional activities of our staff. Finally, we will use this section to highlight current issues in our field that may be relevant to you as a consumer.

New Staff

Ericka Axness, MSW, LCSW. Ericka joined the practice in June 2009. Ericka is a versatile clinician who specializes in working with substance abuse, depression, women’s issues, and trauma. Ericka is well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also focuses on helping her clients identify and build on their strengths. Ericka works extensively with children and adolescents.

Office location: Oakbrook
Hours: Mondays and Thursdays (evening hours both days); Saturdays

Rebecca DeNosaqua, Psy.D. Rebecca joined the practice in July 2008, working part-time in our Buffalo Grove office. In August, 2009, she joined the practice on a full time basis, working 3 days a week in our Oakbrook office, in addition to continuing to work two days a week in our Buffalo Grove office. Rebecca’s areas of expertise include: working with children and adolescents (particularly those with mood disorders, behavioral issues, and impaired social skills); family therapy; and adult concerns such as relationship problems and work stress. She also provides psychological testing and assessments for ADHD.

Office location I: Oakbrook
Hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays (evening both days) & Fridays

Office location II: Buffalo Grove
Hours: Tuesdays (evening hours) & Saturdays

Dolores “Del" Larkin, MSW, LCSW, CADC. Del joined the practice in August 2009. She is working in our Oak Lawn office, 3 days per week. Del is a seasoned clinician with extensive experience working with a wide variety of issues. She has particular expertise in working with substance abuse issues, women’s issues, and adults with ADHD. Del utilizes a problem focused and Cognitive Behavioral approach in her work.

Office location: Oak Lawn
Hours: Mondays (evenings), Fridays (evenings), & Saturdays

New Services

(no current offerings)

Workshops or Trainings

In October 2009 the Centers for Family Change offered a workshop, for professionals, on Risk Management. Please contact us if you would like copies of materials from this workshop.

Risk Management: A practical guide to reducing risk.

Date: Tuesday October 27th, 2009
Time: 12-3pm
Location: 2901 Butterfield Road, Oakbrook, IL 60523
To register: email us or call 630 586-9991
Please note: CEUs are available for LCSWs and LCPCs.

We will announce the topic of our spring workshop in the next few months.

Please remember the Centers for Family Change is an approved provider of CEUS for LCSWs and LCPCs.

Staff Activities

Peter Perrotta, PhD
“Legal and Practical Perspectives: Responses to Common Ethical Dilemmas”
November 6th, 2009, Illinois Psychological Association’s annual conference. Presentation offered by the Ethics Committee of the Illinois Psychological Association and Scott Hammer, JD.

Innovations in Assessing and Treating ADHD: in Adults and Adolescents
April 16th 2010, at Central DuPage Hospital’s professional seminar series.

What’s New in Mental Health

Research supports the value of psychotherapy for treating anxiety disorders and for treating depression for pregnant women

1. Meta analysis supports usefulness of psychotherapy with anxiety disorders.

A meta analysis is a study that examines the findings of multiple research studies on a single issue. A recent meta analysis of research examining the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults found, that such treatment were effective for adult anxiety disorders (ref 1). What is particularly important about this research is that it considered studies that examined the benefits of CBT for a variety of anxiety disorders in real clinical settings (as opposed to more controlled conditions) and that the benefits were as great as found by studies in more controlled settings.

2. Psychotherapy for treatment of depression in pregnant women.

A very recent report on the treatment of depression, by the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ref. 2) notes: a high rate of depression in pregnancy, between 14 percent and 23 percent of pregnant women will experience depressive symptoms while pregnant; and that some research studies have found a link between some birth defects and low birth weight, and the use of antidepressant medication during pregnancy. Given these findings the report concludes that the option of psychotherapy alone, for mild to moderate depression is a viable treatment alternative for women hesitant to consider antidepressant medication.

Ref. 1. Steward, R.E., & Chambless, D.L. "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Anxiety Disorders in Clinical Practice: A Meta-Analysis of Effectiveness Studies." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, September, 2009.

Ref. 2. "The Management of Depression During Pregnancy: A Report from the American Psychiatric Association and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,” in both: Obstetrics & Gynecology (September 2009) and General Hospital Psychiatry (September/October 2009).


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