Vanessa Erica Ford, LCSW, CADC

Name:Vanessa Erica Ford
Gender:Female
Specialty:Social Worker—Clinical
Counselor—Addiction
Other Specialties—EMDR
Review:31 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:

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

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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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by AshleyA, Jun. 21, 2018

I have been seeing Vanessa for about 8 months, and have made more significant gains in that time than I did in 5+ years of talk therapy prior. I initially started seeing her for her expertise in EMDR. I had hit a plateau in traditional talk therapy, and knew I needed something more. I have symptoms of PTSD due to childhood trauma and growing up in a dysfunctional family, and after years of talk therapy, I would still be triggered by things I knew logically I shouldn't be. I knew countless techniques and strategies, yet no matter how hard I tried, I could not apply them consistently in moments of anxiety/stress. With Vanessa's flexible, dynamic approach to therapy, switching between EMDR and talk therapy, I have seen significant positive changes in the way I am able to manage my symptoms and the impact that has on my ability to more fully live life. She is very knowledgeable, professional, empathetic, and adaptable. Her ability to help re-frame confusing/distorted perspectives on situations in unparalleled; and I have been to a handful of different therapists over the years who have not been anywhere close to as skilled as Vanessa. I leave every session feeling more hopeful and with an intention that I can apply to my everyday life. Most importantly, the gains are lasting; her overall approach, along with the EMDR, has helped give me the only experience I have ever had in therapy where the gains truly stick. I would highly recommend her!

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 6 months - 1 year
* this reviewer had 3 - 5 therapists before.
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by Sam1984, Apr. 29, 2018

Vanessa made me feel at ease the moment I met with her. I truly feel like she understands what I am going through, which has been a huge relief. She has provided me with many helpful tools to get through a difficult time in my life. I am very grateful that I found her.

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