Grace Dickman LCSW
I provide individual, group, and couples/partner therapy for OCD and related disorders, such as picking/pulling, phobias, panic disorder, and social anxiety. I work with many clients who experience violent and/or sexual obsessions, who experience both behavioral (observable) and mental (internal) compulsions, and who are trying to untangle their OCD from trauma they’ve experienced.
I’ve been treating clients with OCD and OCD-related disorders for 5 years, using mostly Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Habit Reversal Training, and other CBT-related approaches. I also incorporate somatic parts work (Internal Family Systems) into all of my work with clients.
I’ve attended numerous workshops and trainings, worked under the supervision of senior therapists in the field, and am connected to an ongoing OCD consultation group which greatly supports my professional development.
I work with mostly women, queer people, and creatives who represent a wide array of racial, ethnic, gender, and national identities. I strive to create a space where we can talk openly about personal identities and discuss how they influence the client’s understanding of self and of our therapeutic relationship.
I identify as a white, queer, cisgender woman in a non-monogamous relationship and I’m poly + kink affirming.
Prior to private practice, I worked in nonprofits for 10 years running gender-based counseling programs for students in the south and west sides of Chicago. I’m currently focused on developing an anti-oppressive practice, and I participate in ongoing consultation groups, trainings, and supervision to support my learning and unlearning in this area.