Vanessa Ford, MSW

Vanessa Ford, MSW

Social Work  ·  
Vanessa Ford, MSW is a social worker in Chicago, IL. She specializes in social work, substance abuse counseling, and more.

1731 W Arthur Ave

Chicago, IL 60626

Contact Information

(773) 552-8070

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Vanessa Ford "For more information on my practice, or to contact me, please visit my website at My approach to the counseling process is two-fold. First, I believe strongly in developing insight into the self. Insight-oriented treatment usually includes: PAST, including any losses or traumas that may still impact you today PRESENT, including any behaviors you are concerned about or conflicts in your relationship(s), or issues such as depression or anxiety FUTURE, such as goals or a vision you have for yourself. Secondly, I believe that insight cannot be effective unless we look at ways to increase your coping skills- right now- so that you may begin to let go of any old ways of doing things that don't seem to be working anymore. We will do this by taking a look at what you are: THINKING, such as negative self-doubts, or negative expectations FEELING, such as depression, anxiety, sadness, anger, or feeling disconnected DOING, such as any behaviors that you may be worried about, such as engaging in excessive or compulsive behaviors (sex, drinking, using drugs, shopping, cleaning, etc.), communication skills; isolating yourself from others; not reaching your full potential. EXPERIENCING, such as a recent loss or other stressful incident. Our goal together will be to create an internal sense of empowerment so that you (or you and your partner/spouse/family) feel in control of your past and present, so you may begin to work towards the future you would like to build for yourself. My office is warm and inviting, and will help you relax into this process with a sense of ease."


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3  Specialties

  • Social Work
  • Psychotherapy
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

0  Board Certifications

Vanessa Ford does not have any board certifications listed.

17  Conditions Treated

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Chicago
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Loyola University Chicago
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Vanessa Ford's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Vanessa Ford to family and friends
33 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

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Vanessa Ford's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

I've been seeing Vanessa for a little under a year. I had been hesitant to get into therapy to deal with past trauma and a lifetime of depression. Finally I was encouraged to see Vanessa and it has been an incredible experience. She is very patient (even while I am quite stubborn), calm,...more
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Vanessa's a great therapist. The office is inviting (easy parking on the street), and she is kind, caring, and insightful. She draws on many years of experience to help you explore issues and patterns, asking thoughtful questions and listening to the answers. Highly recommended.
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I have been seeing Vanessa for about a year now. I had seen an excellent therapist in the past several years ago and felt that I needed a "tune up." I had been referred to her by a co-worker who had nothing but good things to say about Vanessa so I decided to give her a try. My co-worker was...more
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Vanessa is a fantastic listener, and provides just the right amount of input.
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