Dr. Jessica Brennan

 

Philosophy

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I take a personalized and holistic approach to psychotherapy with women. As both a licensed clinical psychologist and certified yoga teacher, I incorporate the needs of the mind, body and emotional self into treatment. I specialize in helping women build more positive relationships with their bodies, personal self-care and emotions. 

My therapeutic style includes a variety of effective treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also incorporate mindfulness, compassion and problem-solving strategies. Throughout treatment, we work together to increase insight into problematic patterns and to establish more balanced coping strategies. 

I have experience treating eating disorders, anxiety, depression, feelings of being “stuck,” trauma, grief and relational issues.  In therapy, I focus on more than just the challenges that you, the client, may face. I also emphasize your personal strengths and past successes to help you to create the life that you want. 

In addition, I currently work as a staff psychologist and assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center. There, I provide individual outpatient therapy, as well as family-based treatment. I work with patients on a variety of mental health and behavioral issues, including work-related stress, mood disorders, phobias, relationship challenges, eating disorders and life transitions. 

 

Education

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, 2013, Adler University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, 2010, Adler University
B.S., Education, 2007, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 

Licensure

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois, License Number: 071.009218

 

Experience

I have worked in a multitude of different treatment settings, with a variety of individuals. My journey in clinical psychology began in therapeutic day schools working with children, adolescents and their families. I specialized in eating disorder assessment and treatment during my training at University of Illinois at Chicago’s Eating Disorder Clinic and my internship at The Emily Program in Minneapolis, MN. I then moved to Ft Hood, TX for my post-doctoral training and worked for STRONG STAR research consortium. While there, I was trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). I treated soldiers, veterans and their families with combat-related stress disorders and military sexual trauma. 

In 2016, I began working as a staff psychologist and assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. At Rush, I provide individual outpatient therapy to adults and adolescents. I work with patients on a variety of mental health and behavioral issues, including work-related stress, mood disorders, phobias, relationship challenges, eating disorders, grief and life transitions. 

I am also a certified yoga teacher. I trained in Rishikesh, India in 2014. During my training, I focused on the importance of healing the holistic self. I encourage and emphasize mind-body work in my practice through mindfulness, meditation and movement.

 

AVAILABILITY AND SCHEDULING

Dr. Brennan sees clients at 4043 N Ravenswood, Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60613

Direct phone number: 630-557-9774 

Email: jessica@balanced-awakening.com

Dr. Brennan is in the office seeing individual clients on Mondays and Wednesdays and running workshops some Saturdays