Caroline Adelman, PhD

Dr. Adelman completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the Child Study Center at Yale University.

Prior to establishing Chicago Psychotherapy, Dr. Adelman worked as a staff therapist and Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Adelman has been on the clinical teaching faculty at Northwestern University since 2013. She was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor within The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern, and currently serves as adjunct teaching faculty within the Counseling Program at The Family Institute. In addition, Dr. Adelman served until August 2019 as the Director of Student Wellness and Support Services at Near North Montessori School (NNMS) in Chicago, and continues to work at NNMS part-time as a Wellness Consultant.

Dr. Adelman specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Mood Disorders. Dr. Adelman practices multiple empirically supported treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention, Trauma-Focused CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and Parent Management Training. Dr. Adelman treats children, adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats. Her clinical style combines gold-standard practices from the field of Psychology with warmth, humor, and authenticity in her relationships with clients. 

Dr. Adelman also offers a variety of educational workshops for parents, with a particular focus on supporting parents of anxious children. She offers similar workshops and trainings to school districts and other mental health professionals, and is available for specialized case consultation with schools and mental health professionals. 

Dr. Adelman has published book chapters and journal articles across a range of clinical topics, including anxiety disorders, childhood OCD, depression, non-suicidal self-injury, peer relationships among youth, couple-based interventions for psychopathology, and social construction. She has presented her research regularly at national conferences and has conducted multiple clinical trainings on the topic of treating childhood OCD and anxiety disorders. She is also the co-developer of “Frameworks for Change,” a program aimed at helping organizations and communities work towards making meaningful changes. Dr. Adelman has served, both nationally and internationally, as a public speaker and consultant to executive teams and communities seeking to make constructive changes in their group cultures and communication practices. Dr. Adelman’s full CV may be viewed here.