Heather M. (Chik) Plinovich, PhD, HSPP
Narrative of Services:
The clinicians at AOBHC are leading providers of specialized treatment for anxiety, OCD, mood, trauma, behavioral, relationship, and related issues in the state of Indiana. Our caring and insightful psychologists and counselors are experienced and skilled in successfully helping children, adults, parents, young adults, teens, couples, and families overcome challenges and diagnoses that range from straightforward to severe and complex using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); exposure therapy, mindfulness, compassion-based interventions, and family/couples therapy. We offer early morning, late day, and Saturday appointments, online therapy (telehealth), out-of-office/in-home visits, and non-traditional intensive treatments, in addition to traditional treatment times, durations, and modalities.
I also treat Anxiety Disorders (i.e., Separation Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), School Refusal Behavior, Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders (i.e., Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders), Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders (i.e., Somatic Symptom Disorder, Illness Anxiety Disorder, Conversion Disorder or Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Depressive Disorders (i.e., Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia), Feeding or Eating Disorders (i.e., Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder or OSFED), Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunctions, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Avoidant, Dependent, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorders.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels: Yes
I have successfully treated individuals with OCD and related disorders for 15 years using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and other evidence-based interventions and founded the Anxiety & OCD Behavioral Health Center (AOBHC) in Munster, IN, in 2013. I received many years of clinical and research training in Canada and the States from several experts who are scientific advisory board members of IOCDF, faculty of IOCDF’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), and certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I received my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2010 from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
I am culturally aware and sensitive to my patients’ unique needs. I recognize the impact of background and experiences in influencing attitudes, values, and biases on my patients’ psychological processes. While I practice fluency in addressing cultural, gender, religious, and political diversity of the surrounding community, I also recognize the limits of my multicultural competency and expertise.
I participate in ongoing education and professional development ensuring that relevant theories, therapeutic strategies and interventions are utilized in working with diverse populations.