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 psychiatric services for adults with mood, anxiety, psychotic, and addiction disorders including patients with cognitive problems.
Dr. Bleak’s uses the model of psychiatry that addresses mental illness with biological, social, and psychological approaches. Her familiarity with various perspectives such as dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, the mind/body treatment of pain and trauma, exposure response prevention, phototherapy, nutritional considerations, the importance of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, the 12 step program allow her to make effective recommendations tailored to the patient’s specific problem and circumstances. In terms of medication management, she attempts to create a working partnership with the patient as the best means to obtain a good history and accurate diagnosis in order to prescribe safely and effectively and to minimize side effects.
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, a perspective she finds greatly supports her work.
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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Fort HealthCare’s IBHPs are psychologists or licensed clinical social workers that understand the connection between the mind, body and spirit, as well as the impact of these areas on a person’s health. They can help you and your PCP develop treatment plans for smoking cessation, unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, alcohol use, or other necessary lifestyle changes. The IBHP can also help you to develop skills to effectively manage social, emotional or behavioral difficulties.