What is the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center?
Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center (PARC) is a specialized outpatient treatment center in Chicago that provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive treatment for anxiety and related disorders. We customize our services for adults, adolescents and children. While our main office is in Chicago, we also provide distance-learning options via Skype for those living outside our immediate area.
We have helped thousands of people conquer anxiety disorders and move on with their lives
Founded more than 20 years ago, PARC grew from a need to offer short-term, effective treatment for people in the Chicago area whose lives were disrupted by an anxiety disorder. We provide both individual and small group therapy.
Specialized small group treatment programs include:
- Panic Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Public Speaking Forum (Stage Fright)
- Fear of Flying
- Phasing Down Anxiety Medications
- Dealing More Effectively with Anxious Children
Recognizing the relationship between anxiety and other psychological conditions, our multidisciplinary specialists and consultants also treat depression, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, marriage and family problems, life after divorce, and much more.
"I feel so much better now not having avoidance control my life."
The PARC staff also works to educate the community, helping reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. We host community seminars designed to inform the public about anxiety disorders, participate in local television and radio shows, and write articles in local and national publications. We also offer periodic free community anxiety screenings, as well as professional presentations.
Mark Pfeffer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Illinois and California. He is Director of the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center in Chicago. PARC is a specialized outpatient program that provides comprehensive treatment for anxiety and related disorders. Mark received his Masters degree in Psychology from Boston University with additional post-graduate work at UCLA. He also served as the Commissioner of Social Services for the City of Santa Monica and is an active clinical member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
Mark has appeared on multiple episodes of the A&E's Emmy® nominated show, Hoarders, the Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. He has been featured and quoted regarding mental health issues in various media outlets including: ABC7 Chicago; CBS2 Chicago; NBC; CLTV Chicago; Chicago Tribune; Pioneer Press, WGCI-FM and Home & Garden magazine. He has also authored numerous publications, and was a recipient of the 2002 “Golden Bell” award from the Mental Health Association of Illinois for an article he co-authored on Panic Disorder.
Chicago Tribune (August 10, 2010)
Huffington Post (June, 2011)
Becca Barish is a Licensed Social Worker in Illinois. She has a passion for teaching improvisation, both as an art form and as an effective therapeutic intervention. As Program Coordinator with the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center, Becca co-facilitates “Improv for Anxiety” treatment groups, as well as works with clients who struggle with panic and anxiety on an individual basis. Becca received her Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland with a BA in English and focus in Leadership Studies.
In May of 2010, Becca founded Off Book Enterprises, a company that uses improvisation techniques and exercises to improve communication among students, educators, and business professionals. She was selected to present at The American College Personnel Association’s 2011 Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. She also uses improv techniques to train mental health professionals in developing innovative ways to work with clients.
She has studied improv at Impov Olympic and The Annoyance theaters in Chicago, as well as The People’s Improv Theater in NYC. She recently graduated from the Second City Conservatory. You can see her performing in Chicago as part of “Whirled News Tonight” and “Casual Encounters” at Improv Olympic theater, as well as “Yes Diggity” at The Playground. In addition to performing on stages throughout Chicago, she has appeared on SpikeTV, Starz, and VH-1.
Nina Riccardi is the Director of Professional Development as well as a Therapist at Cathedral Counseling Center.
She obtained her BA from Muhlenberg College; an MS from Boston University; and an MSW from Simmons College of Social Work.
Nina started her professional life as a publicist, and, upon completion of her MSW in 1993 began working as a medical social worker at area hospitals in Boston and Chicago. She currently works with individuals and couples, and is a member of Cathedral’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy team.
Nina’s areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety disorders, grief issues, women’s transitions, as well as adjustments to health crises. Through her work at the Panic and Anxiety Recovery Center, she is developing an interest in the use of improv in treating social anxiety. Nina also facilitates a Cancer Support Group for friends and family of cancer patients at Gilda’s Club in Chicago.