Maha Zayed, PhD, LCP
Approach to Therapy
Dr. Zayed approaches each patient with compassion and empathy. Personable and easygoing, she encourages patients to confront their fears and teaches them how to live the best life they can. She strongly believes in involving parents, significant others, and the patient’s support system in treatment so they can best support the patient. She works collaboratively with the patient to develop an individualized treatment plan and then works at a pace that is comfortable for the patient. She often uses humor to help put clients at ease, especially children. Dr. Zayed is comfortable utilizing a variety of interventions, tailoring treatment to meet each patient’s specific situation so they can best manage their own anxiety. Her goal is to empower patients to become their own therapists so they can manage anxiety as it occurs in their life.
Experience and Training
Dr. Maha Zayed earned her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral work at Dartmouth College and the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Prior to opening The OCD & Anxiety Center, Maha worked at The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago; she also worked at a private practice in a rural Illinois community for several years, where she was one of the only clinicians in the area who provided CBT and exposure therapy. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she specializes in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Zayed has extensive training in cognitive behavior therapy, including the prestigious International OCD Foundation. Dr. Zayed successfully treats OCD, PTSD, all types of anxiety including social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and school refusal as well as disorders that often co-occur with anxiety (ie., hair pulling, autism, ADHD, depression). She often utilizes exposure-based therapy, and is able to provide treatment both in the office and in real-life situations where patients feel the most anxiety. She often adds cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness as needed. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and Trichotillomania Learning Center. Dr. Zayed works with patients ages 3 through adulthood.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Zayed enjoys presenting both locally and nationally to help increase knowledge and awareness regarding various topics related to OCD and anxiety disorders. She is also a vetted expert for PediaSource, a first-of-its-kind platform that connects parents nationwide directly to treatment specialists and experts who can provide information and guidance regarding concerns they have about their child’s well-being.
More About Maha
Maha is originally from Oak Brook and realized the need for specialty anxiety services in the Western Suburbs. In her free time, Maha enjoys live music, traveling, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Maha’s Take on Treatment
“Teamwork is an important part of each patient relationship, and I provide a customized plan designed to proceed at a pace that is comfortable for each individual. It’s very rewarding to see a patient who had been debilitated by anxiety move forward to a position of strength, where they no longer have to live in fear.”
Ben Harris, MA, LCPC
Ben’s Take on Treatment
“The transformation that takes place during treatment is amazing to observe, and I feel perpetually honored to be a part of the change that each person experiences. My goal for each treatment session is to have patients walk away with some piece of information, some improved perception of their strength, something that will allow them to challenge and ultimately overcome the anxiety that has kept them from learning, laughing, and living.”
Approach to Therapy
Ben’s primary concern is that each patient who works with him obtains the most comprehensive and successful care possible. To this end, he spends a great deal of time learning about his patients’ needs in order to understand fully how their lives are impacted. Ben uses highly effective, evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and exposure-based treatments, and he works continuously to adapt the treatment plan to match his patients’ progress and current needs. Doing so allows Ben’s patients to move through treatment quickly and efficiently. Ben also places great value on incorporating humor into treatment, because “when you’re laughing at your anxiety, it loses a bit of its hold on you.”
Experience and Training
Ben received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, where he first discovered his passion and talent for working with people who struggle with OCD and anxiety. He has devoted his career to becoming increasingly knowledgeable and skilled in his treatment approaches. Ben has completed specialized trainings through the International OCD Foundation and Trichotillomania Learning Center, and he regularly attends conferences to ensure that he is up to date on the newest treatment interventions. Prior to his work at The OCD & Anxiety Center, Ben worked at The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago; he also worked at a private practice in a rural Illinois community for several years, where he was one of the only clinicians in the area who provided CBT and exposure therapy. While working in this rural community, Ben gave back by offering a free support group for families and friends of individuals suffering from OCD and anxiety. Ben is a member of the International OCD Foundation, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the Trichotillomania Learning Center. He treats patients aged 2 years through adulthood.
In addition to his clinical work, Ben enjoys presenting both locally and nationally to help increase knowledge and awareness regarding various topics related to OCD and anxiety disorders. He is also a vetted expert for PediaSource, a one-of-a-kind technology-enabled platform that connects parents to experts via the phone nationwide. Experts on PediaSource’s panel are leaders in their fields in Child and Adolescent Behavior, Learning, and Development
More About Ben
Ben is a native of Montana, where effective treatments for OCD and anxiety are lacking. Knowing this, Ben became licensed in his home state so that he can provide telemental health services to Montanans who are struggling with OCD and anxiety. In his free time, Ben enjoys reading, visiting new places, and spending as much time as possible with his wife, daughter, and son.
Dina Scolan, MA, LCPC
Approach to Therapy
Dina possesses extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy and routinely integrates the teachings of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness into her clinical work. Teaching others to better regulate their emotions and tolerate physical/emotional distress is pivotal to Dina’s clinical focus. She adopts a collaborative, problem-solving approach to therapy, helping her patients set challenging but attainable goals so that they can achieve the life they deserve.
Utilizing her clinical expertise and a deep commitment to helping her patients, her therapeutic style blends a warm, compassionate approach with serious goal setting. Bringing over 20 years of clinical experience, Dina is a seasoned clinician specializing in anxiety disorders who has worked in virtually every level of care in the behavioral health care system.
Because knowledge is power – Dina takes time to educate her patients on how anxiety works, what’s happening in their body, what maintains it and what will extinguish it. Families of her patients will be included to help support their loved one but also to help change behaviors and patterns in the home environment that may be maintaining or contributing to anxiety. Because defeating anxiety requires exposure to anxiety producing situations, Dina teaches her patients DBT and mindfulness techniques to arm them with distress tolerance skills so that they can regulate their emotions when anxious or while working the steps of exposure treatment.
Experience and Training
Dina earned her bachelors degree from the University of Iowa and went on to earn her Masters Degree from Benedictine University. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and private practice settings. She has extensive experience applying Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and Cognitive interventions to anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Dina is comfortable treating children, adolescents and adults struggling with social phobia, school refusal, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or depression. Dina is a member of the International OCD Foundation as well as the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
More About Dina
Dina was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. In her spare time she enjoys staying active, going to concerts, and spending time with her teenage twins.
Dina’s Take on Treatment
“Starting treatment is simultaneously both an exciting and scary experience. People come into my office because they have become increasingly frustrated with the impact that anxiety has had on their lives. Most of them have been limiting their actions and making their lives smaller in an effort to find a comfortable, anxiety-free state of mind. Therapy is a collaborative effort to lift those limitations and take back control. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience to be on that journey and empower people to live a full life.”
Stacy Gronek, MA, LCPC, CADC
Stacy’s Take on Treatment
“Change is hard and takes a great deal of courage to even consider beginning treatment. It’s that strength within each person that continues to build confidence as they progress in treatment. People often don’t realize how small their lives have become until they conquer their fears and anxieties and then the sky is the limit.”
Approach to Therapy
Stacy strongly believes in developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship with every patient. Dedicating time and patience to understand an individual’s strengths and goals is essential in creating a treatment plan and charting the course for working together. Using a variety of research backed interventions, Stacy helps her clients navigate their way through treatment to find the anxiety-free lives they deserve. Because families are an integral part of our lives she ensures they are involved in the therapy process as well. Stacy’s warm, straight forward and genuine approach makes it easy for her to connect with her patients and their families.
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she skillfully utilizes a patient-specific combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) including mindfulness and exposure based interventions to help people overcome the fears and anxieties that have held them back from living their fullest life. By providing parenting support and empowering patients to teach family effective ways to provide needed support, Stacy helps patients build their confidence and practice skills outside of sessions.
Experience and Training
Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree Northern Illinois University and started her professional career as a special education teacher working with students with learning and emotional disabilities. She has taught both middle and high school students in public and private alternative schools. Stacy went on to earn her master’s degree in counseling from National Louis University and took additional coursework to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Prior to joining The OCD & Anxiety Center, Stacy has provided care in community mental health, providing crisis intervention and family therapy to high conflict families and struggling teens. Most recently, she provided individual, group and family therapy in a hospital based program for adolescents. Stacy successfully treats children, adolescents and adults with anxiety including generalized anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, phobias, school refusal and social anxiety as well as ADHD, depression, mood disorders and substance abuse that often accompany anxiety disorders. Stacy is a member of the International OCD Foundation and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
More About Stacy
Stacy was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. In her free time, Stacy enjoys going on adventures with family and friends, traveling, practicing yoga, her dogs and working on DIY projects.