Welcome to Ascend Therapy for Anxiety, Depression & Stress
Incessant intrusive and obsessive thoughts can be debilitating and affect quality of life- not just for the person experiencing them but their loved ones as well.
Hi my name is Sara Banks an I am a psychotherapist and owner of Ascend Therapy located in Naperville. Our practice specializes in treating anxiety, depression, stress and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) . We also specialize in helping people with marriage and family counseling.
My co-therapist, Psychologist Jonathan Woodin and I both work at Linden Oaks (part of Edward-Elmhurst Hospital) in the anxiety program. This program was the first to be awarded the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Certification by the Joint Commission for its commitment to excellence in the treatment of anxiety.
We have helped hundreds of clients cope with a wide array of mental health challenges and life stressors using a variety of treatment options, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
We believe that everyone is unique as are the difficulties that bring them to therapy and as such we adjust to your individualized needs.
If you are looking for compassionate and empathetic therapists adept in treating anxiety disorders using proven methods who will hold you accountable in moving towards your goals , then schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation by texting or calling us(331) 444-2342 .
Anxiety: What It Is, Symptoms,Common Anxiety Disorders and Treatment Options
Whether it is social phobia, specific phobia, post traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or similar, it falls under the category of anxiety disorder, and calls for clinical and...
Depression: What It Is, Symptoms, Types of Depression & Treatment Options
Depression is a mental illness, which one should not confuse with the short-term emotional distress, anxiety attacks or feeling low, which also are constituents of depression. Anyone can feel low for a brief period of time...
We all experience stress on a daily basis. A little bit of stress is helpful as it helps to drive and motivate us to action. This is referred to as eustress. Another way of thinking about this is when we are …
Sara is the best therapist I have ever been to. I was able to speak to her easily, which I have never been easy for me to do with other therapists I have seen. I recommend anyone who is looking for counseling to see her!AG
When I first came to see Sara Banks I was at one of the deepest levels of despair in my life. I had suffered a great number of losses and they seemed to continue to keep coming at me, like in the movie The Birds. My family was in various stages of transitioning, including myself, into something that I didn’t recognize and wasn’t sure how to handle. Sara was a great help to me during our time together. She identified that the person I had been was still inside, just deeply hurt and hiding – hiding from pain and loss. Through her patience and perseverance she provided me with the security and gentle coaxing needed to give me the skills to handle the difficult times and situations. I think the situation I brought to Sara was quite challenging, but she was able to provide me with the skills I needed to learn to find my way. When presented with a situation I find myself very uncomfortable with now, I use the “Sara method,” by stopping and being mindful of what is going on and ask, “What would Sara say?” For me, it’s like having a lifelong supporting friend with me, to keep the birds away. I cannot thank Sara enough for her kindness, patience and obviously the counseling skills she possesses. I will keep her number on my phone, she will always be there for me. Thank you, Sara.KB