1100 Jorie Blvd. Suites 132 & 243 Oak Brook, IL 60523
64 Orland Square Dr. Suite 112 , Orland Park, IL 60462

Amanda Straka, LPC

Amanda Straka, LPC

Contact Information

Phone: 630-522-3124

Email: Astraka@theocdandanxietycenter.com

Amanda’s Take on Treatment

“Entering treatment is a very difficult yet courageous process. I want to be the person to help you face your fears and regain your life back. We will work together to create a customized plan that is tailored towards your specific goals focusing on your strengths and motivation for change. I am so inspired by my clients’ bravery, and I love to see the changes and transformations that occur throughout this process.”

Approach to Therapy

Amanda strives to work with clients through collaboration and consistency in the therapeutic relationship to provide the fullest and most appropriate guidance as possible. She uses a combination of therapies that are tailored to fit the individual client, that will help them live a life consistent with their values.  Amanda believes that relating to her clients, and showing warmth, acceptance, and empathy are the fundamentals of a good therapeutic alliance.

Amanda’s approach to treatment is very skills based and collaborative, providing her clients the tools to be able to be their own therapists ultimately.  She begins with a thorough assessment and follows that with a structured, goal-oriented treatment plan focused on providing psychoeducation and interventions that will help clients confront their fears and learn how to tolerate distress and discomfort.  She educates clients on their anxiety, what triggers it, what maintains it, and then what can help reduce it. Her interventions are very individualized as no one client presents similarly.  She is very empathic but also willing to provide a direct nudge when needed.  She is comfortable working with parents and family members and almost always incorporates parents/family members as well as other providers in the treatment process.

Amanda treats children, teens and adults struggling with anxiety, OCD, trauma, and OCD related disorders.  She primarily employs Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention to successfully treat anxiety and co-occurring disorders. She also utilizes methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Experience and Training

Amanda earned her Master’s degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.  Prior to joining the OCD & Anxiety Center, she worked in intensive-outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, outpatient clinics, and private practice settings. She has had training and experience in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention to treat anxiety disorders, co-occurring disorders, and eating disorders in patients ranging from school-aged children to adults. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She strongly believes in advanced training and continuing education and attends various conferences and trainings in the field regularly.

More About Amanda

Amanda was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and watching movies.