Dr. Azita Afshar is a Clinical Psychologist in downtown Chicago who works with adults and couples across the lifespan. She is a trauma-informed therapist, which means she believes each experience in one’s life leaves an imprint on the mind and body, which can then impact one’s brain functioning, color one’s perception, and fuel and/or paralyze one’s reactions and relationships to the outside world.
She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, including postpartum depression, trauma, relationships, body image, and self-esteem/self-worth struggles. Dr. Afshar particularly enjoys working with individuals who have a history of childhood trauma, including abuse, neglect, or developmental challenges. She also has extensive experience working with women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Many of the people who come see her have a long history of interpersonal and emotional struggles. These individuals tend to benefit from longer-term therapy and report feeling a gradual sense of security and confidence over time.
Dr. Afshar utilizes a combination of different treatment models. In particular, she uses sensorimotor and neurologically informed interventions as well as Internal Family Systems parts work to help her patients understand and compassionately connect with both their physical and emotional experiences and then gradually learn how to effectively soothe and heal the hurting parts. This can then afford the individual the opportunity to work and live with themselves and others in a more loving, fun, rewarding, and reciprocal fashion. She has found that these neurologically and relationally informed mind-body therapies are especially helpful for clients with a history of trauma (including complex trauma), severe anxiety/hypervigilence, and major depression.
Dr. Afshar is passionate about effectively helping her patients in the healing process and works hard to keep abreast of new research and effective treatment modalities—though her best teachers have been her patients. She believes healing is possible for anyone willing to actively work toward it. She is here to gently support you on your journey. She looks forward to meeting you.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Trauma (including complex trauma) - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more self- compassionate and kind self-talk and self-perception
Postpartum depression - Coping with persistent feelings of sadness, exhaustion, and/or being overwhelmed after the birth of a child; developing ways of calming, soothing and healing painful feelings and experiences
Dr. Afshar can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
Certified Telemental Health Provider (CTMH), 2020
Shared Vision Psychological Services, Adult Psychology Program Director, 2008 - 2009
Shared Vision Psychological Services, Clinician, 2007 - 2009
Bowling Green State University, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Instructor, 2005 - 2007
Bowling Green State University Counseling Center, Internship, 2004 - 2005
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2007
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, BS, 1999