Chicago based therapy and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy practice specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for individuals and couples offering dialectical improvisation group mindfulness sessions, meditation, depression, bipolar, anxiety, relationship conflict, family conflict, Buddhist psychology, class, PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder, Andersonville, substance abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, addictions, treatment, DBT, trauma

Thomas Pickens, MA, CADC, LPC

I find it difficult to talk about myself without sounding like I am trying to "fake" humility or otherwise sounding insincere. But, I’m going to try…

I am very loyal to the people I care about (ie. my clients, my friends & my family) but at the same time believe that too much dependence on the opinion of the "group" leads to the less effective solution to a problem. I believe these dialectics are the things that make life complicated and at the same time interesting. I work with my clients to help them figure out their own answers to their complicated feelings.      

I believe these dialectics are the things that make life complicated and at the same time interesting. I work with my clients to help them figure out their own answers to their complicated feelings.  I believe that each of us develop our own “playbook” for our lives and that no one’s idea is any better than any other as long as the goal is to care about ourselves, others and do no harm.

I have often been described as “marching to the beat of my own drummer”. I rarely fit others’ ideas about what a therapist is until they start to talk to me. Then they discover that I try to nurture all that is special in each of us, and allow each of my clients to march to the beat of their own drummer too.

I have had a love for learning throughout my life and continue to enjoy learning, especially about philosophy, neurobiology, psychology and pharmacology.

My meditation practice is deeply personal and I continue to rely on this form of self-exploration to understand myself and the world. I bring this hunger for understanding and curiosity to my work with my clients; I am truly interested in getting to know you!

  • Over 30 years experience in substance abuse treatment, working in all levels of treatment (assessment/intake, detox, residential & outpatient). 
  • Degrees in philosophy, psychology and counseling
  • Specialized training in gambling and process addictions
  • Trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction