Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Urban Wellness, we are committed to social justice and anti-racism. We are dedicated to providing services to individuals, couples, and families that are accessible, culturally relevant, and free of stigma.

Here at Urban Wellness, we celebrate and affirm all backgrounds and identities. We strive to provide a brave space where voices can be heard and liberated.

GET TO KNOW your therapist

Jill Patano, LCPC

“Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Willam Shakespeare

Insurances I Accept:

  • BCBS PPO
  • Optum/United Healthcare
  • Humana
  • BCBS HMO Northshore

Ages I work with:

  • 18+

Languages I speak:

  • English

Who Am I?

Hi! I’m Jill Patano (she/her)

I’m a therapist that works with young adults and adults experiencing anxiety disorders, OCD, stress, time management struggles and self-esteem issues. You might look at me as your behavior and thought coach, helping to guide you as you explore thought patterns, behaviors and exploring core beliefs. I love when clients experience that “light bulb moment” in their anxiety journey and shed behaviors or compulsions that have held you back. ( I’ll probably do a little clap for you!) I’m a cisgender, White female. LGBTQ+ affirming, all cultures, identities and relationship configurations welcome.

I love working with:

  • Young adults and adults experiencing OCD
  • general anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • social anxiety
  • phobias
  • clutter and hoarding concerns
  • procrastination and time management struggles
  • stress and self-esteem issues.

Some of my favorite approaches include:

CBT, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and motivational interviewing

HOW I HELP

My approach is to help you engage with your anxiety, to “talk back” to it and engage in different behaviors. We do this together, maybe by doing ERP in office or actively engaging in feedback. Anxiety work doesn’t always have to be serious, when we can laugh together that can make all the difference in treatment. I believe change is possible in treating anxiety and OCD, it’s not always easy but when you experience even a small change, it can be so motivating. I believe you know yourself best, but I can help you gain the knowledge you need to navigate the kinds of behaviors keeping you stuck.

What it’s like in a session with me

Sessions with me might include providing information about how OCD and anxiety work, challenging or examining thoughts and behaviors, identifying core areas of anxiety and fears. I aim to create a non-judgemental atmosphere, I know how hard it can be to open up to a stranger about fears and OCD thoughts. Sessions can include a mix of being directive, conversational, encouraging and finding out about you and the rest of the important parts of your life. We may come up with homework or goals for the week or just look at more long term goals. And sometimes you might just need to vent or process and that’s ok too!

More about me

Outside of work I enjoy reading ( multiple books at a time) watching TV ( anything from HGTV to History Channel), spending time with my daughter and partner. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I always can’t wait until it’s Fall and I can put my sweaters back on and drink a pumpkin spice latte. I’m involved in advocacy work for the LGBTQ+ community and enjoy a good political or current events discussion.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.