University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Chicago Medical Center
Psychotherapy at Loyola University Medical Center - Maywood, Ill
American Board of Psychiatry
Jennifer Bleak, MD, provides support and psychiatric services for adults in the areas of depression, anxiety and addiction programming. She also serves as an adult psychiatrist at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Madison and Kenosha.
Dr. Bleak applies mind/body approaches, such as mindfulness and somatic experiencing, as well as psychological approaches to relieve pain in her patients. Somatic experiencing focuses on the bodily sensations that are inseparable from emotion. Through this therapy, the patient’s attention and energy are redirected and expended in another way that might be more beneficial. Somatic experiencing can offer an advantage for trauma patients because painful events don’t have to be remembered to be successfully treated.
A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Bleak completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center, her internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and her fellowship in psychotherapy at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Dr. Bleak previously lived in Japan for 11 years, where she worked as clinical director of a nonprofit health organization for English speakers. While in Japan, she realized how very differently various cultures view social relationships, which adds value to her therapy approach.
Our board certified psychiatrists provide psychiatry assessment, evaluation and treatment for individuals with a variety of mental health needs. Psychiatrists are medical physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses including substance abuse and addiction. They are uniquely qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological conditions. Because they are medical doctors they may also determine if there is a need for medication to restore imbalances in body chemistry that are often contribute to your mental health and well-being.
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