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You have everything you need, I am here as a guide to empower you with support and education to get you back to living the life you want to live and be the person you want to be.


My name is Sam Acevedo and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
providing highly specialized virtual care for individuals over18 suffering from anxiety and OCD disorders residing within Illinois. 

My clients often struggle with being bogged down by their intrusive thoughts, excessive worry, compulsive behaviors, and overall extreme difficulty being in the present moment. They report feeling stuck in a cycle of fear and in a state of fight or flight. It is exhausting to be in a battle with our own brain. Anxiety is supposed to be our life saving support but what happens with anxiety and OCD disorders is that the wires get crossed and our brain starts to tell us more and more things are dangerous, even the things we want to do the most or used to do that are actually "safe".


 Together my clients learn a different way to relate to this inner voice, physical discomfort, and urge to avoid anything that makes them  feel fear and with that, uncross those wires that are working against them.

I am really glad you are here, think of me as your personal cheerleader to tackle your anxiety and OCD that prevents you from engaging in the life you wish you could live. Together we can work to EMPOWER you to build a different relationship to your anxiety and OCD.

Through years of experience, I have taken the journey with individuals to break free from their anxiety, panic, and OCD through support, education, and most of all encouragement that we are capable of doing HARD things! 

Contact me now for a Free 15-minute consultation


Areas of Expertise

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • Intrusive thoughts

    • Harm

    • Contamination

    • Symmetry ("Just right")

  • Anxiety 

  • Panic Disorder (recurrent panic attacks)

  • Phobias

    • Vomit (emetophobia)​

    • Spiders/Insects

    • Heights

    • Flying

    • Agoraphobia

    • Driving

  • Hoarding

  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

    • Skin-picking (Excoriation)​

    • Hair-Pulling (Trichotillomania)

  • Insomnia 


Services offered for Anxiety and OCD:

  • Exposure Response and Prevention(ERP)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


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Empowered Path specializes in the treatment of anxiety and OCD disorders by utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy.


I value and place an emphasis on utilizing therapies that are the Gold Standard treatment for anxiety and OCD disorders. I have witnessed first hand that when these therapies are applied  to individuals suffering from OCD and Anxiety disorders, they are extremely effective at tackling these symptoms in a limited amount of time because they give you the confidence, motivation, and ability to take back control.

Treatment with Empowered Path is not meant to be long term, the goal is to empower you to learn the skills you need to manage the symptoms getting in the way of living a life reflective of what is important to you.  ERP, CBT, and ACT work by creating a different relationship to our internal voice, difficult feelings, and the behaviors that we engage in.


Most importantly, these behavioral interventions display that we are all doing the best we can with our current knowledge while concurrently exploring what is MOST important to you to help guide your behavior versus let the anxiety do the "driving."


Contact Us

By exploring this page, you have already taken the first step to tackling your OCD and anxiety - I am proud of you! When you are ready to start improving your lifestyle and get back to living the life you want (or dream about), I will walk you through that empowering journey one step at a time. Contact me today for a free 15-minute consultation. 


At this time I currently only provide therapy virtually through a HIPPA compliant platform to individuals over 18 residing in Illinois. 

You are capable of doing HARD thiongs!

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