The MindBody Dilemma

By Dan Atkins Chronic pain is an epidemic that affects millions of people in the United States alone, but the pain itself is only the beginning. Sufferers are hindered not only by the pain, but also by minimally effective, invasive treatments such as long-term opiate use and multiple surgeries. The fear of reinjury and further…


Get me an IEP… Stat! How to get an IEP for your child in Chicago

By Molly Pachan, Ph.D. Congratulations! You’ve made it through another school year! Last year was a little rough, but it’s easy to put that aside for now. Until… that little voice creeps in. “Did I talk to the teacher enough? Do I really know what’s going on? Is my child learning the way they should?…


Academic Accommodations for Adults – What You Need to Get Started

By Molly Pachan, Ph.D. With the improved diagnosis of ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, and other emotional issues in the 1980s and 90s, more and more individuals are reaching adulthood with a so-called “childhood” diagnosis. We used to believe that people grew out of ADD/ADHD or other issues. In reality, these disorders usually have a basis…


Benefits of a Furry Friend

By Yipian Yang We all enjoy having friends, and many of us don’t mind having friends who are furry and have four legs. If you own a dog or a cat, congratulations! You’re one of over 65% of the American households whose members proudly claim themselves as pet owners! According to statistics of the American…


Couples Therapy

Couples therapy involves having both partners in the room working together. The path of the treatment will be determined by the needs of both individuals. Sankofa Psychological Services strives to create a safe environment to explore the issues which often arise during the course of a relationship. This may include conflict over money, sexual relationships,…


Coping with Trauma

We honor the resilience of trauma survivors and work to help clients make meaningful steps from the aftermath of negative experiences, such as:

Exposure to War
Loss and Death
Frightening Events
Personal Betrayal
Professional Humiliations
Medical Diagnoses

LGBT Support

Sexual and gender minorities, more commonly known as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, may seek mental health services to manage the social and emotional symptoms that can come attached with identification with and/or participation in this community. Listed below are a few of the common reasons for seeking mental health services: Identity…


Child & Teen Therapy

Therapists at Sankofa treat a wide range of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral issues often seen in childhood. Therapists use a variety of techniques grounded in play therapy and cognitive-behavioral treatments. We work closely with parents to solve problems at home and school, and help children lead healthier, happier lives. While each child is unique, some…


Depression Treatment

Many people feel sad, lonely, irritable, and have low mood but this passes within a couple days. With clinical depression, these symptoms last longer and interfere with daily life. You may find that you cannot focus and concentrate like you once did before, or that you do not get as much pleasure or joy out…


Diversity and Superheroes

By Karl Southgate, M.A. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, the Invisible Woman (Sue Storm/Richards), the Hulk (Bruce Banner), Hawkeye, Wonder Woman, Daredevil, Spiderman, Star Lord, Rogue, Mr. Fantastic, the Thing (Ben Grimm), Wolverine, Professor X, Jean Gray, Cyclops, Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern—given their wide range of powers and significantly different backstories, what…