Stephanie  Benedict

Stephanie Benedict

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in The Loop practice (updated November 18, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • College mental health
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Dr. Stephanie Benedict is a Clinical Psychologist in the Chicago Loop who specializes in working with emerging adults and early career professionals who are navigating perfectionism, relationship challenges, career identity concerns, life transitions, imposter syndrome and/or anxiety. She also has extensive experience helping professionals find their voice in the workplace as well as working with graduate students and medical students and the unique challenges they face.

Dr. Benedict takes a collaborative, insight-oriented approach as she helps her clients better understand themselves and express their needs in a healthy way. She helps them more fully recognize how their past experiences inform the ways they manage stressors and interact with those around them. She also helps her clients find their voice and feel more empowered to advocate for themselves in both their professional and personal lives. Dr. Benedict integrates skills-based treatments as necessary.

Dr. Benedict is passionate about her work and strives to help her clients prioritize caring for themselves. Before starting her private practice, Dr. Benedict worked for many years at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center. Her office is located one block North of Millennium Park and is easily accessible via public transportation (trains and busses).


Message to clients

I strongly value establishing a safe, empathic, and genuine therapeutic connection. With that in place, therapy can be a rich opportunity to let your guard down, feel heard and understood, and prioritize your care for yourself. My approach is collaborative, insight oriented, and focused on helping you better understand yourself and express your needs in a healthy way. I strive to help you understand how your past experiences may contribute to expectations you have for yourself, how you communicate, and how you care for yourself. Together we can work to help you develop alternate and more adaptive ways to manage stressors, connect with others, and make meaningful change.


Specialties

College mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $155 (55min)
  • Initial session: $180

Location(s)

The Loop practice

155 Michigan Avenue

Suite 758

Chicago, IL 60601

Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present

University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center, 2009 - 2018

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago, 2006 - 2009

Illinois School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2006

Illinois School of Professional Psychology, MA, 2004

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, 2001


Languages

  • English

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