Dr. Chackes, founder and owner of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders. She received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2005, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI)’s Anxiety Disorders Center. She worked as a staff psychologist with the Anxiety Disorders Center for six years, further developing her specialty in empirically-based treatments for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), Habit Reversal Training (HRT) and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT). While at SLBMI, Dr. Chackes was also part of the Forensic Evaluation Division, where she was trained in conducting psychological evaluations for attorneys, and giving expert witness testimony.
Dr. Chackes went into private practice in 2012 at Clayton Behavioral. There, she continued in these areas of expertise, treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism, Hoarding, Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder and Tic Disorders. Dr. Chackes runs treatment groups for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), such as Trichotillomania and Skin Picking.
Dr. Chackes co-developed the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program at Clayton Behavioral, and teaches Mindfulness classes for children, teens, adults, and families at the center. She also speaks at businesses and other organizations on mindfulness, and has developed programs specifically for businesses to help improve productivity, employee retention, and interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Chackes conducts forensic evaluations and serves as an expert witness to assist attorneys in answering questions for the courts regarding diagnoses, treatment needs, mental injuries resulting from trauma, and sentencing mitigation.
Dr. Chackes is a leading expert in the treatment of body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) such as skin picking and hair pulling. She runs treatment groups for children, adolescents, and adults at the center, and teaches courses online to adults with BFRBs, as well as to train therapists how to treat these disorders. To learn about these courses or free online trainings, join her private Facebook group at http://bit.ly/helpforbfrbs.
Dr. Chackes is in-network with Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Medicare, and can also be seen as an out-of-network provider. For more information please call our Client Care Coordinator, Andrea Harpster, at 314-561-9757 option 1 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.