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Dr. Kristin Eisenhauer has opened River North Anxiety, where she utilizes psychotherapy to treat anxiety disorders.

As a licensed psychologist, she focuses her clinical work on ailments such as trichotillomania (hair pulling), excoriation (skin picking), insomnia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“It is incredibly rewarding to watch people gain confidence when faced with situations that were once frightening, reduce the frequency and intensity of their panic attacks, or otherwise redefine their relationship with the anxiety that may have burdened them for years,” Eisenhauer said.

River North Anxiety opened July 5 at 142 Ninth St. Eisenhauer has worked 11 years in Texas as a psychologist and previously did clinical work at Trinity University and the University of Hawaii.

Anxiety disorders are highly responsive to treatment, according to Eisenhauer.

She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure with response prevention and prolonged exposure. Sessions can also include virtual-reality technology to remedy fear of public speaking or flying, and going out into the community to experience situations  firsthand, such as fear of elevators.

Eisenhauer emphasizes results rather than return visits. She feels she’s done right by her patients when creating confidence and independence, rather than dependence.

“I once had a patient tell me that I was like Mary Poppins — that I entered this person’s life during a time of great need and departed when he felt he had learned the tools necessary to set out on a better life course,” Eisenhauer said.

She teaches her patients to be their own therapist.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only.

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