Dr. Maha Zayed opened the OCD & Anxiety Center (OAC) as a way of bringing specialized, evidence-based treatment for anxiety, OCD, trauma, and related disorders to the Western and Southern suburbs of Chicago. A native of Oak Brook, Dr. Zayed realized the need for specialty anxiety services. Dr. Zayed graduated from Northern Illinois University with her PhD and went on to complete her internship and postdoctoral training at Dartmouth Medical Center. She has years of experience in treating anxiety disorders and has devoted her career 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.
Dr. Zayed is amazing! I knew when I met her that she was what we wore looking for! Our daughter, who struggled with selective mutism, is really doing fantastic. She is amazing me everyday! She put in so much effort and has many great ideas! I will continue to recommend her!
Our son's challenges with anxiety were beyond what we as parents could help "fix," so we sought professional advice. Our therapist 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 his 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 him enough and couldn't have done it without him.
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!
I thought he 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.
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!