Rick Cummings is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Lake View neighborhood in Chicago who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for anxiety and depression. Many of his clients have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) that is connected with the stress of navigating a life transition, social situations, and/or relationships. While he sees adults across the lifespan, Rick also frequently works with adolescents.
Rick utilizes client-centered, solution-focused therapies that help clients rework and reframe their thought patterns, beliefs, and behaviors in addition to developing healthier coping strategies. With a background in finance and marketing, Rick is very goal-oriented and likes to keep sessions structured around issues that are directly impacting a client. He spends time working with his clients to deconstruct their most pressing symptoms and what tools they can use on their road to recovery.
When working with teens and pre-teens, Rick frequently utilizes play therapy to keep them engaged and allow them to gain a better understanding of their emotions and how to navigate social situations, like how to develop a friendship. He also implements mindfulness techniques when helpful.
Rick cares about his clients’ wellbeing and is passionate about helping them learn to manage their systems and become more empowered to step outside of their comfort zone and enjoy all that life has to offer Before going into private practice, he worked for the number one Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in the world where he would frequently work with individuals who were dealing with work stress and/or anxiety. He also worked as a counselor at a few different Chicago Public Schools. He received his MSW from Loyola University. His office is located just a few blocks from the Paulina stop off of the Brown Line.