Adrienne Ahlquist

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Therapist
(she/her/hers)

Adrienne Ahlquist is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of adults and adolescents struggling with OCD and other complex anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, illness anxiety, somatic symptom disorder, separation anxiety, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. Adrienne’s approach is collaborative, working with clients to develop healthier behavioral strategies to overcome their anxiety challenges.

About Adrienne

Adrienne has extensive training and experience in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the most effective form of treatment for OCD & complex anxiety. In addition to ERP, Adrienne also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into her work with clients.  She is a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and is BTTI trained.  

Adrienne earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in the field for over 20 years.  Beginning in 2004, Adrienne was involved in starting 2 separate suburban Anxiety & OCD outpatient treatment programs.  One program was located at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, and the other at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates.  While developing and working in these programs, Adrienne also supervised many graduate level interns, as well as newly hired clinicians.   Throughout most of the last 22 years, she has worked in private practice, seeing clients in the outpatient therapy setting. 

A Note From Adrienne


During my time as a therapist, I have worked hard to not only increase the  confidence I have in my skill set, but to also collaborate closely with my clients to help them increase their confidence with challenging their anxiety and OCD symptoms.  I support my clients through this process and tend to bring a bit of levity and humor to the therapy setting.  I find that this helps diffuse some of the tension and fear that clients may be experiencing.  Being a behaviorally focused clinician helps me keep therapy very goal oriented and solution focused.  

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, travelling, and spending time with my family and friends.  I have been married for 23 years, and my husband and I have 4 children ~ 3 in college, and 1 in middle school.  My favorite times are when we can all be together! 

Adrienne is currently accepting new clients.  She has primarily online therapy (telehealth) availability.   For suburban Chicago residents, there is limited in-person therapy also available.  These options can be more specifically discussed on an individual basis.  

OCD Therapist Chicago, Adrienne Ahlquist