Pam Katz, LCSW (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio & Utah. She works with clients across the lifespan. She has a keen knowledge and understanding of BFRBs, and has trained others in working with individuals with BFRBs. Pam has over 20 years of experience treating people with anxiety and other concerns including: OCD, BFRBs, Anxiety and Tics/Tourettes. She also has experience working with people who have learning disabilities and ADHD. Pam is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (EPR), Inference-Based CBT for OCD (I-CBT), Habit Reversal Training (HRT) and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).
In addition to her clinical work, Pam trains other mental health professionals in the implementation of evidence-based treatment and has presented at professional conferences, webinars, and continuing education events. Prior to specializing in anxiety and related disorders, was a school social worker for over 15 years. She is committed to providing affirmative therapy with all clients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Maternal Mental Health
Pam also provides counseling support to individuals in our maternal mental health program serving moms experiencing depression, anxiety, and parenting challenges. In addition to her clinical expertise in this area, Pam personally experienced postpartum depression with the birth of her third child. Pam has three children in their teen and young adult years, two who have ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Learning Disabilities. These lived experiences allow Pam to work from a perspective of compassion, empathy, and first hand appreciation of the emotions that impact moms as their children grow from birth to early adulthood.
Pam completed her undergraduate degree at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and received her Master of Social Work at University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work, where she specialized in school social work. After working as a school social worker for over 15 years, Pam transitioned to private practice full time with a focus of her clinical work to anxiety and BFRB. Pam has trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Stephen Hayes, the founder of ACT, as well as numerous other internationally known ACT therapists like Robyn Walser and John Forsythe. She has also been trained in BFRBs, Habit Reversal Training, and Exposure Response Prevention. Pam completed the Contextual Behavioral Therapy Fellowship at University of Chicago and The Institute of Special Education Advocacy at William and Mary Law School.
Pam regularly seeks out and attends ongoing consultation and training in the treatment of OCD, BFRBs, Anxiety, and ACT.
Pam is married and has three children. Pam and her family reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago. They enjoy spending time traveling throughout the midwest, shopping in local farmers’ markets, and watching superhero movies. They also love a good road trip, and exploring the obscure sites the country has to offer. During her downtime, Pam can be observed reading, knitting, watching or reading true crime, on a walk in nature, in a pilates class, or visiting her oldest two kids in upstate New York.