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 have worked with folks from all walks of life for over two decades. I am goal-oriented, get to the point, and work with you to offer real-life solutions, instead of staying stuck in the past. Yes, I'm compassionate and gently curious too, but I like to get down to nitty-gritty and get you feeling better ASAP. I work with my clients to help them figure out their own answers to their complicated feelings.      

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 person's idea is any better than any other's 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'm a teddy-bear underneath - compassionate, caring, and really working hard for your benefit.  I love helping my clients find and march to the beat of their own drummer too.

I am constantly studying the newest research in counseling, mindfulness and neurobiology. I'm willing to admit when I don't know something but then motivated to learn more.  I am unique, open, curious and not afraid to tell you what I think without being a "know-it-all."

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