Vanessa Erica Ford, LCSW, CADC

Name:Vanessa Erica Ford
Gender:Female
Specialty:Social Worker—Clinical
Counselor—Addiction
Other Specialties—EMDR
Review:26 client reviews
Location:1731 W. Arthur Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-552-8070
Fax: 773-305-2807
http://vanessaeford.com/index.html
 
Introduction:
For more information on my practice, please visit my website at www.VanessaEFord.com

My approach to the counseling process is two-fold.  
First, I believe strongly in developing insight into the self.  Insight-oriented treatment usually includes:
PAST, including any losses or traumas that may still impact you today
PRESENT, including any behaviors you are concerned about or conflicts in your relationship(s), or issues such as depression or anxiety
FUTURE, such as goals or a vision you have for yourself.

Secondly, I believe that insight cannot be effective unless we look at ways to increase your coping skills- right now- so that you may begin to let go of any old ways of doing things that don’t seem to be working anymore.  We will do this by taking a look at what you are:
THINKING, such as negative self-doubts, or negative expectations
FEELING, such as depression, anxiety, sadness, anger, or feeling disconnected
DOING, such as any behaviors that you may be worried about, such as engaging in excessive or compulsive behaviors (sex, drinking, using drugs, shopping, cleaning, etc.), communication skills; isolating yourself from others; not reaching your “full potential”  
EXPERIENCING, such as a recent loss or other stressful incident.   

Our goal together will be to create an internal sense of empowerment so that you (or you and your partner/spouse/family) feel in control of your past and present, so you may begin to work towards the future you would like to build for yourself.  

My office is warm and inviting, and will help you relax into this process with a sense of ease.
Education:
SchoolDegreeMajorGraduation
Loyola University ChicagoMSWChildren & Families2000
University of ChicagoBAPsychology1998
License:
NameIssued ByDuration
LCSWIL Division of Professional Regulation11/30/2011
CADCIAODAPCA5/1/2011
Insurance:Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO


Client Review:

26 client reviews of Vanessa Erica Ford scored 5 out of 5.

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by paulbennett000, Jan. 04, 2017

Vanessa is a great listener. She has helped me work through anxiety, addiction, and helped me to become a better communicator and person. Highly recommend.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 6 months - 1 year
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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by heatherbar, Feb. 15, 2016

I've been seeing Vanessa for almost 6 months now and I have only positive things to say. She has a very calm and comfortable demeanor that makes the session fly by! She has always been very accommodating with my schedule and you can tell she really cares about her patients. Her memory is impeccable and you never have to catch her up to speed with anything you've already told her because she'll remember right away. She's helped me with coping mechanisms and provides me with different techniques to help with my day-to-day struggles. Definitely recommend her.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for <6 months
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Would not recommend
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by Batia, Jan. 29, 2016

I experienced Vanessa as very unprofessional.  She had her dog in with her during the initial intake visit.  There was no heads up with this.  At one point, she interrupted to attend to her lap dog.  Her space was very cluttered and kind of bizarre- as if I was in her studio apartment, with loud art. Would not recommend her.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for <6 months
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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