We're Dr. Tiffany Taft and Stephanie Horgan, LCSW. Two therapists in the Chicago area who work with kids and adults living with chronic medical illnesses. We like to address the other stuff that comes with life with any kind of illness, the stuff that often gets missed in a medical visit, like feeling overwhelmed with treatments, dealing with family and friends, feeling alone or isolated, grappling with anxiety or depression.
We believe in the sheer importance of how mental and physical well-being interact, and how one can influence the other.
We also believe that all people can make healthy changes in their lives through education, self-reflection, and becoming aware of the power of their self-talk.
About the Bloggers
Dr. Taft is a licensed clinical psychologist and expert on the psychological and social aspects of life with chronic digestive conditions. She has over 10 years of extensive experience and has published several articles on the psychological aspects of these conditions. Dr. Taft is Clinical Research Associate at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a leading expert on the psychosocial issues people living with chronic digestive conditions face. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship within the Center for Psychosocial Research in GI at NU. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009 after completing a 1-year internship at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.
Ms. Horgan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her master's degree at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to our practice, she works as a counselor for adults with cancer at North Shore Hospital. Her true passion is working with those suffering from chronic illness, especially Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Stephanie volunteers each year at a camp for kids with IBD and is involved with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Stephanie formerly was a special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion to help the families of students with special needs, and enjoys seeing those on the Autism Spectrum. She serves on the board for the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the IL Clinical Social Work Society.