The following are the practitioners who work at North Shore Behavioral Medicine, in addition to owner and founder Dr. Candace V. Love, whose forthcoming book No More Narcissists! How to Stop Choosing Self-Absorbed Men and Find the Love You Deserve is due out in 2016.

Founder: Dr. Candace V. Love, PhD
Associates: Dr. Laurie Benton | Dr. Lynda Behrendt | Dr. Anne Chodzko | Krista Jackson | Dr. Janet Robinson

Dr. Candace V. Love, PhD

Dr. Candace V. Love, PsyDDr. Candace V. Love’s clinical practice focuses on behavioral medicine providing psychotherapy and consultation. She uses evidence-based techniques derived from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Schema therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapies, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction. An area of interest and study for her is narcissism, particularly how to help women stop repeating or leave unhealthy narcissistic relationships.

Dr. Love received her PhD in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She completed an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral residency at Hines VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Allendale Association in Lake Villa, Illinois. Dr. Love worked as a research associate at Center for Health Improvement and Prevention Studies at the University of California San Francisco where she was involved in National Institutes of Health funded research studying improving the preventative efforts of health care professionals and health-related behaviors. Dr. Love has been an author and co-author on empirical articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Her primary areas of interest are health psychology – how psychosocial issues affect the maintenance and outcome of medical conditions, women’s health, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, anxiety and panic disorder, depression, and trauma-related syndromes.

Another important area of interest and study is narcissism – particularly how to protect women from a severely destructive relationship.

The majority of her patients are referred by physicians. Dr. Love is an Illinois Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Medicare provider.

She is founder and president of North Shore Behavioral Medicine. She currently has offices in downtown Chicago and in Grayslake, Illinois.

Dr. Laurie Benton

Dr. Laurie Benton obtained a doctorate of clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 1998 and has since worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. Dr. Benton currently maintains a private practice at the Grayslake office of North Shore Behavioral Medicine, where she provides adult, child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy. She also conducts psychological evaluations and provides seminars and trainings to agencies and organizations. Her areas of interest continue to be child, adolescent, and adult behavioral and emotional impairments such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), complex trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, grief and bereavement.

Dr. Benton works to join with children, adolescents, and adults as they journey to deepen their understanding and acceptance of the thoughts, feelings, and reactions they face throughout life’s experiences. She supports them as they explore the ways they have come to protect themselves from pain and hurt. Dr. Benton guides clients as they begin to interrupt patterns and make different choices.

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Dr. Lynda Behrendt

Dr. Lynda Behrendt was a medical nurse for ten years working in home health care, orthopedics, surgery, ER, psychiatry, and telemetry. She has been a counselor and clinical psychologist for almost thirty years. Her specialties include working with adult clients with spiritual values, medical problems, and cross-cultural adjustment.

For the last 12 years she has worked as the Director of Professional Affairs for the Illinois Psychological Association. She assists psychologists to deal with legal, licensing, ethical, reimbursement, and educational issues.

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Dr. Anne Chodzko

Dr. Anne Chodzko, psychologistDr. Anne Chodzko is a clinical psychologist licensed in Illinois, who provides individual psychotherapy and consultation to adults for issues related to mood orders (i.e., depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety, addictions and recovery, grief and loss, trauma, aging, and relationship problems.

She received her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Minnesota, graduating cum laude. She completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute (ISPI) prior to graduating from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her doctorate degree in clinical psychology also has a sub-specialty in behavioral medicine.

Dr. Chodzko spent the majority of her training years and early professional work experience at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her training and work experiences there included addictions treatment, emergency psychiatry evaluations, crisis treatment, and coordinating a program for homeless mentally ill adults which moved them into treatment with permanent housing.

Dr. Chodzko now consults to psychiatric residential facilities and skilled nursing homes and is engaged in private practice. Her clinical orientation reflects a combination of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapies and psychodynamic theory.

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Krista Jackson

Krista Jackson is a licensed clinical professional counselor specializing in individual, couples, and family counseling.

Jackson possesses more than 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical professional counselor and received her graduate training in psychology at Auburn University. She has served many federal, state, and community mental health agencies in a host of positions and has developed a passion for the practice of counseling. Among her areas of expertise are:

  • Therapy for Medical Condition Management
    • Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression Counseling
    • Diabetes Counseling
    • Hypertension Management Counseling
    • Healthily Lifestyle Counseling
    • Sports Psychology
  • Stress Management Counseling
  • Work and Career Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Grief Counseling
  • Parenting Education & Support

Jackson is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients in a comfortable and encouraging environment as to effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and unlock their future.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Jackson has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics related to health psychology.

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Dr. Janet Robinson

Dr. Janet Robinson is a licensed clinical psychologist with offices in Deerfield and Grayslake, Ill. She primarily treats adults in individual psychotherapy with a treatment approach that is tailored to each patient’s needs and is informed by psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and humanistic principles. Her areas of clinical practice include depression, anxiety, personality disorders, infertility, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, and parenting difficulties. She utilizes an open, respectful, and collaborative style that is focused on promoting the insights that are necessary for changing self-defeating behavior patterns and improving personal effectiveness and growth.

Dr. Robinson received her PhD from Northwestern University Medical School in 1988 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1992. She worked for a large Chicago neurosurgical practice for seven years before committing to full-time private practice and has maintained a solo practice since 1989. In addition to her general clinical practice, Dr. Robinson has a specialty in health psychology and treats individuals with a wide variety of medical issues including brain injury, stroke, cancer, migraines, spinal conditions, and chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. Her focus is on understanding the unique ways in which a medical challenge manifests itself in the context of an individual’s particular personality and life story.

Dr. Robinson also has considerable experience in treating post-traumatic emotional conditions and works with victims of assaults and accidents. She often consults with attorneys in assessing and managing their clients who have experienced these and other types of trauma.

Dr. Robinson is licensed in Illinois. She is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO provider and also accepts Medicare.

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