Ben Harris and Dr. Maha Zayed

Our Story & Mission


Dr. Maha Zayed and Ben Harris, LCPC opened The OCD and Anxiety Center (OAC) as a way of bringing specialized, evidence-based treatment for anxiety, OCD, and related disorders to the western suburbs of Chicago. A native of Oak Brook, Dr. Zayed realized the need for specialty anxiety services. Both Dr. Zayed and Ben Harris graduated from Northern Illinois University and have years of experience in treating anxiety disorders. They have devoted their careers to obtaining advanced trainings and clinical experiences in order to provide the best possible care. At OAC, our therapists primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in order to help patients address anxiety-related concerns. CBT is a broad category of treatments that emphasizes how thoughts affect feelings and behaviors, as well as focusing on how changing thoughts and behaviors can help people live a better life. Some therapies that fall under CBT include Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. At OAC, our goal is to provide individualized, customized treatment plans to help inspire patients toward change and to transform their lives quickly and efficiently.

Testimonials

WHAT HAPPY PATIENTS SAY

After 10 years of therapists and psychiatrists who had NO CLUE how to help my son, I am forever grateful to have found Dr. Zayed. She lifted a heavy burden from my shoulders and enabled my son to participate in society again and feel good about himself. He has returned to work – it is a miracle! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thankful mother

Dr. Zayed has been absolutely wonderful in helping our daughter (and me too!).  Our therapist did a phenomenal job relating to our daughter’s fears and concerns, meeting her where she was at, and pushing her just enough with positive encouragement to face her fears. She helped her overcome some very stubborn anxiety patterns that we couldn’t eliminate prior to coming to the center. The doctor was patient, helpful, and always put forth extra effort day or night to help our daughter achieve her goals in the most conducive way possible.  My daughter’s confidence grew and she has great tools to use in the future.

A grateful mother

I thought Ben did an excellent job in helping my daughter with her OCD. He developed a good rapport with her by showing interest in her as a person and being non-judgmental. She trusted him, and he wasn't pushy but kept her moving along in her progress. She liked going to him. He knew also when to suggest she needed more intensive therapy at Rogers Memorial. He was flexible in scheduling her sessions. He is a very dedicated and enthusiastic therapist.

Mom of an 18 year-old with OCD

OCD had been controlling our 17-year-old daughter’s life for the last 18 months. She had been in therapy, but nothing was helping. My husband and I were feeling hopeless when we were referred to Dr. Maha Zayed. Within one week of starting therapy with Dr. Zayed and the entire OCD & Anxiety Center treatment team, my daughter had met her first goal. We were amazed! 6 weeks after starting her therapy, I am thrilled to report my daughter has met all of the goals we set for her and still continues to improve. Therapy gave her the skills she needed to be able to manage her OCD. She is much happier and has more self-confidence. We are forever grateful and cannot thank Dr. Zayed and the team enough for what they have done for our daughter and for our entire family.

Parents of 17 year old female

Our son's challenges with anxiety were beyond what we as parents could help "fix," so we sought professional advice. Ben Harris was exceptional. He was able to quickly drill down on what the challenges were and put a plan in place for us to follow as a family. We found out that our family was a part of the challenge, but also the solution. In following Ben's counsel, our ten-year-old son became a new kid. We're so proud of what he achieved and how he faced his fears. It inspired everyone else in the family to address our fears as well. We can't thank Ben enough and couldn't have done it without him.

Mother of a 10 year-old male patient

I saw many many therapists for the past 3 decades for PTSD and always felt stuck. Dr. Tang was the best psychologist I saw by far. She was the first one to give me hope and helped me make actual changes to deal with my PTSD. She helped me see a lot of things differently and because of her, for the first time since I got back from Vietnam, I’ve been able to start enjoying my life and my family again.

USMC Veteran

Thank you for all the help that your program has provided for me. I can now say from first-hand experience that it has been the most helpful and beneficial part of my life. When I first started seeing Dr. Zayed, I was depressed, overwhelmed and scared about what my future looked like as a mother, wife, daughter and sister.  In just under 3 months, with her help, I can now say that I’m back to my happy, positive, loud, lively self again! It’s scary being diagnosed with OCD, but I’m so glad that I have been taught and given the tools to help me be able to overcome the troubling thoughts and worries that are associated with my anxiety. I can say with certainty that exposure therapy DOES work! I’m living breathing proof of it! I really am back to myself – however, a self that’s less anxious and MORE carefree and happy than before.

Grateful postpartum mom

The level of care, compassion, and professionalism from my provider was of the highest degree. I can't say enough about how truly helpful and understanding my therapist was. He is articulate, knowledgeable and considerate. My experience with my therapist was a rewarding one that I will never forget.

22 year-old male patient

You truly worked wonders. I guess what I am trying to say is THANK YOU! Your work has changed our lives for the better forever. I recommend you to anyone I can and will not hesitate to call for help with any future challenges.

Father of a 10 year-old male patient

The growth my son has made this year is amazing! He just performed in his first musical last night at his school, where he had two speaking scenes with just he and the main character on stage. He loved every minute and we think he has caught the performing bug. He has also been playing baseball (trying out new positions, like pitching and catcher) and sang in the spring concert (which he has never been able to attend before due to his anxiety). He was even the narrator during a skit that was being performed. The list goes on. We just wanted to thank you for helping our son and for helping us. We could not have done it without you!

Mom of 8 year old with social anxiety

Although being skeptical about the idea of therapy, I was surprised and grateful at the way Ben got to know me as a person. He adopted ideas that fit the kind of person I am and my lifestyle. I didn't feel that there were any generic answers or ideas ever given. I'm thankful for the encouragement given to help me realize that I can handle anything life throws at me.

30 year-old female

When I first started seeing Dr. Tang, I was so anxious and having panic attacks that I was on the verge of losing my job and I couldn’t leave my house. During treatment, there were times I wanted to quit and doubted myself but Dr. Tang kept encouraging me every step of the way. Now, I don’t have anymore anxiety attacks and I am no longer afraid to leave my house. She completely changed my life and it was a blessing to have her help me. Thank you for everything, Dr. Tang.

Debra

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