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

Sam Cares, MA, MSW

Sam Cares, MA, MSW

Contact Information

Phone: 630-522-3124

Email: scares@theocdandanxietycenter.com

Sam’s Take on Treatment

“Mental health difficulties can be debilitating, and deciding to seek treatment can be very scary. One of the most important things for people to remember as they enter treatment is that in order to feel better, it is important to get better at feeling. Treatment is a marathon, not a sprint, and the outcome is worth the work.”

Approach to Therapy

Sam believes the key to success in therapy starts with establishing a supportive and collaborative working relationship, allowing patients to feel understood and in control of their treatment. He understands the vulnerability it takes to engage in therapy and works to provide a space wherein patients feel confident in both the process and their progress towards treatment goals.

As every person has their own unique experience, Sam approaches each individual as the expert of their own situation. Treatment may look different for everyone, based on their own individual needs. Sam commonly utilizes techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), but believes an integrative approach is often required to help each patient reach their goals. This may include working on problem solving skills, relaxation training, habit reversal training, and various stress management techniques. Ultimately, his goal is to help patients gain tools to manage their presenting symptoms while living authentic and fulfilling lives.

Experience and Training

Sam earned his bachelor’s degree from Ripon College, a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at NIU. He has worked as a clinician in a variety of treatment settings, including schools, hospitals, and private practices and has experience working with diverse populations across the lifespan. He has a special interest in working with individuals experiencing difficulties related to OCD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, but is comfortable with a variety of presentations. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Psychological Science.

More About Sam

Sam was born and raised just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. He is a huge fan of movies (owns hundreds), is a massive sports fan (watching and playing), and loves dogs. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is a connoisseur of corny jokes.