About Our Practice

  • Who Do You See?

    We work with children as young as 5, their parents and siblings, and adults. We can help you or your child adjust to having a lifelong illness including managing treatments, improving healthy habits, navigating social situations, and treating any depression or anxiety that may be present. Dr. Taft and Dr. Burda have expertise in weight management and can help you or your child with making healthy, lasting lifestyle changes to break the dieting cycle. They also provide bariatric surgery evaluations and pre- and post-bariatric surgery counseling.

  • CBT

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that is used for many psychological and physical conditions. CBT is the most widely researched psychological treatment and has repeatedly been found to be effective for treating a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and eating disorders. CBT has also been researched as a treatment for chronic illnesses. When you see a therapist who uses CBT, you will evaluate how you think about yourself, others and the world and identify which thoughts are helpful and which are not as helpful. By changing your unhelpful thinking patterns, your feelings and actions will also change.

  • Which Illnesses?

    We are experts in the psychology of digestive illnesses, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic GI diseases (EGIDs), and people living with an ostomy. But our practice is not limited to people with digestive problems; we work with clients living with Type 1 and Type II Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Food Allergies, MAST Cell Activation Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Heart Diseases, Vulvodynia, Migraine, Cancer, and others. We are happy to meet with you to see if our practice is the right fit for you.

  • Who It Helps

    Behavioral medicine treatments are especially helpful for people who have symptoms that keep them from living their lives as they would like, such as not being able to take part in activities they once could or experiencing strains in their personal relationships. People who have found that life stress makes their symptoms worse, who are very worried about their illness, who feel depressed or anxious because of their condition, or do not have a good support network also find behaviorial treatments to be very useful. Finally, people who need help with making medical decisions or find that they are seeing their physician much more frequently than they would like are likely to benefit.

  • Behavioral Medicine

    Behavioral medicine is a sub-specialty of providers who are trained not only in mental health but also in the unique issues of people diagnosed with medical illnesses. Services are designed for people may not have a mental health problem, rather those who want to better manage their physical condition. Treatment aims to reduce the intensity and frequency of illness symptoms, improve your quality of life, provide support for medical decision making or health education, improve coping skills, and reduce stress and worry.

  • Initial Consultation

    Your first visit with our practice will be an initial comprehensive consultation, which is designed for your provider to learn about what brings you in for treatment and for you to ask any questions you may have. Initial consultations usually take about 60 to 75 minutes to complete. During this visit you and your provider will come up with a customized treatment plan to meet your specific goals. You will also decide on how frequently you will come for visits (most people come weekly) and how many visits you'll likely need.

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We are in-network providers with several insurance carriers:

We are accepted by all insurance companies as an Out-of-Network provider if you can choose your own clinician - usually this is the case with a PPO or POS plan, but not an HMO.

Patients are responsible for confirming their insurance coverage for our services. Please contact your individual plan if you are unsure if we are in-network providers. Any fees for services billed that are not covered by insurance are the responsibility of the patient.


  • Initial Evaluation (90791 or 96150): $200.00
  • 45-52 Minute Psychotherapy Session (90834 or 96152): $140.00
  • 53-75 Minute Psychotherapy Session (90837): $175.00
  • Telemental Health (Phone or Skype) Session: $140.00 for up to 52 minutes, $175 for 53-75 minutes.
  • Medical Hypnotherapy Session: $140.00
  • Bariatric Surgery Evaluation: $400.00

Please check your co-payments and deductibles prior to your appointment. Co-payments are expected at the end of each session. For those with limited financial means and who do not have health insurance, Oak Park Behavioral Medicine providers do offer discounted services on a sliding fee scale on a limited basis. Fees will be negotiated at your initial intake session and will be based on your current employment income, number of people in your household, and any other supplemental income you may receive. In order to be eligible for discounted services, you must bring a copy of your most recent employment pay stub to your first visit.

How Do I Make a Referral?

If you are a physician and would like to refer a patient to our practice, we ask that you set up some time to discuss this in advance so we may determine if they are a good fit for our services. Once your patient is actively receiving treatment with us, we will keep you informed as to their progress and collaborate with you to ensure the best patient outcomes. Our providers have extensive experience working on multidisciplinary teams in medical settings and can be an excellent resource for you and your patients. To set up a phone consultation, please call 312.725.6175 and we will get back to you within 1 business day. Alternatively, you may email us

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