Stephen’s Take on Treatment
“There are so many benefits to therapy that help us understand our past, be mindful of our present, and be better prepared for our future. However, therapy is a process. It is a winding road of self-discovery and challenges, and I believe that it is always worth the effort. I believe that everyone wants to do the best they can with the skills that they have. However, sometimes those skills may not be enough. Therapy helps provide new skills and reviews the ones that are already used. Through therapeutic treatment, every client has the opportunity to heal, grow, and live a fulfilling meaningful life.”
Approach to Therapy
Dr. Keller approaches therapy with the understanding that there is an investment of mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Anxiety can be very difficult to manage, and Dr. Keller aims to develop a therapeutic relationship that is interactive, collaborative, and supportive to increase coping skills and reduce stress.
Whether the anxiety is old or new, Dr. Keller’s goal for treatment is to help each client gain a better understanding of their anxiety including the triggers, thoughts and feelings, and behaviors that are maintaining any symptoms. Both Dr. Keller and the client will work together to better understand the presenting symptoms. A strong understanding of how the anxiety is functioning is one of the keys to effective treatment.
Dr. Keller is comfortable treating children, teens and adults and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Based therapy for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders (i.e, depression, hair-pulling, tourettes/tics). He is comfortable treating all kinds of anxiety and OCD spectrum disorders. He integrates treatment methods from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). He has completed intensive Exposure and Response Prevention Training through the Cognitive Behavior Institute and continues to seek learning and training. He is a member of The International OCD Foundation and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. His approach to treatment is skills-based, with the ultimate goal being that each client can take the skills they have acquired in therapy and apply them to anxiety provoking situations independently in their everyday life. He involves parents, family members, and supportive others heavily in treatment as well as he believes others can be highly instrumental in helping one manage anxiety.
Experience and Training
Dr. Keller earned his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois in 2020. Prior to starting at The OCD & Anxiety Center, he worked in many different settings and with various populations including a University counseling center, a long term care facility, intensive-outpatient and partial hospitalization program, and an inpatient facility.
More About Stephen
Dr. Keller has lived and worked in the Chicago suburbs most of his life. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, attending live shows, and collecting comic books.