Nancy J. Kensek, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Staff Psychotherapist

Nancy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Aspen Center.  Her educational background includes a BA degree in psychology and art, with an emphasis on art therapy, from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. She also received an MA degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Her continuing professional training includes the development of therapeutic skills in areas such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).  She completed a Fellowship in Contextual Behavioral Therapies at the University of Chicago in 2019.


Nancy has 25+ years of experience working with diverse populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her experience has spanned the full range of patient ages, and she has dealt with both the medical and psychological issues that are presented at various stages of life. Nancy’s patients include accomplished individuals who are faced with anxiety, depression, life changes, and relationship issues. Her experience includes treating bipolar conditions, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, trauma, and personality disorders.   Nancy currently runs a weekly DBT group, and she incorporates ACT interventions in private sessions.


Nancy is an advocate for mental health, and is conversant with the community resources that are available to meet the unique needs of individuals and population groups. Her work has included interaction with Employee Assistance Programs, and she has extensive experience working in a specialized educational setting addressing the needs of adolescents from underserved communities.


Nancy is pleased to be a member of the Aspen Center team, and to have the opportunity to assist patients with self-exploration and the accomplishment of goals based on their personal values.  

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