Vanessa Erica Ford, LCSW, CADC

Name:Vanessa Erica Ford
Gender:Female
Specialty:Social Worker—Clinical
Counselor—Addiction
Other Specialties—EMDR
Review:33 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:

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

EXCEPTIONAL THERAPIST
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by KDMystic, Sep. 29, 2020

Dr. Ford is exceptional, I feel very lucky to have found her. She empathetic, extremely observant and perceptive, but also unafraid to challenge me and call me on my BS when I need it. It's been a very rewarding experience working with her. I've grown in many ways and overcome many deep-seated challenges and traumas along the way. I'm a much, much healthier and stronger person today because of her!

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 3 - 5 therapists before.
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Outstanding!!
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by JohnMc, Aug. 25, 2020

If you are in need of someone to talk to, gain coping strategies, and actionable plans to deal with the stressors in your life, look no further! Vanessa Ford is the therapist for you.

I have now sought advice and counsel from Vanessa for about a year and I am always appreciative of her positive attitude, professionalism, and emphatic ear during sessions.

Vanessa is absolutely amazing to talk to about virtually anything. We focus on all topics in my life from work stress,  family drama, and identity struggles. I highly recommend her to anyone thinking about therapy, big problems or small!

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Highly Recommend
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by ChrisN, Nov. 06, 2019

Vanessa is a wonderful therapist, my time with her has been so transformative I am in awe sometimes at how much I have grown and healed. She brings a fresh perspective to the tried and true methods and offers new treatments tailored to your goals and needs. I cannot recommend her enough. It can be a weird thing to reach out for help and while it is most human to feel awkward about opening up to a stranger, Vanessa welcomes you in and helps you see connections that lead to the most beautiful healing moments. I am so grateful I took the leap and made an appointment with her. 

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