Location: Orland Park & Telehealth
Katherine's Take on Treatment:
It takes a tremendous amount of courage to show up to that first meeting and for many, it is one of the hardest things that they will ever do. A person’s commitment to change combined with the philosophy that I am being hired to provide a service, backed by my genuine interest, motivation, skills, and connection with the patient is key.
In many ways, I have lived by the following:
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready….the teacher will disappear” - Tao Te Ching
It is an absolute joy to share in all the successes, solutions, epiphanies, insights, and changes that occur. It is bittersweet, yet it is always an honor to be a part of the process.
Approach to Therapy:
Dr. Dahlberg’s approach is easy going and non- judgmental. Valuing the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for change, her down to earth style and sense of humor helps to establish normalcy and connection. A great coach and motivator- she appreciates self-determination and creating a space for safety and hope.
Although she approaches her work by “meeting people where they are at” she supports a strengths-based perspective, and enthusiastically works with you to realize your own potential, and resiliencies to combat anxiety. She has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Based Therapy and is comfortable working with children, teens and adults. She strongly believes in incorporating parents, providers and supportive others in the treatment process
Dr. Dahlberg’s combined training and experiences underpins a relatable component, which supports her genuine belief in the power of change and lasting improvements toward quality of life.
Experience and Training:
Dr. Katherine Dahlberg received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Saint Xavier University and earned both her Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Loyola University School of Social Work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has extensive experience and training successfully treating various anxiety conditions including social anxiety, panic disorder and panic attacks, and generalized anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and anxiety related disorders like skin picking and hair pulling. She has also effectively treated individuals with trauma, depression and co-occurring disorders. She is well versed in CBT treatment approaches, and uses exposure-based therapy, both in the office and in community settings. Her work with adults, youth, teens, and families span a variety of settings including: community mental health, residential, hospital, schools, homes, and private practice. She has taught at the post graduate level and has held various supervisory roles, including mentoring graduate students and clinicians. She has spoke on mental health issues to the community and has provided trainings and lectures on how to de-stress and manage anxiety. Dr. Dahlberg is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and The International OCD Foundation.
More About Katherine
Katherine is originally from the Chicago Suburbs. Although she spent a short time living in Arizona, she made her way back to the Orland-Palos area and has lived their for the past 30 years. She loves nature, gardening, walking, biking, drinking coffee and painting anything. She enjoys traveling, reading, and finding creative ways to make memories with family, friends, and all the dogs.