Dr. Derrick Hassert

(PhD, LMHC, LCPC)

About Me

I believe a good relationship between therapist and client is key to the process of counseling. Please let me know what you want to get out of the counseling experience (such as working on long-term issues that may go back to childhood or a very direct treatment plan for a specific concern, such as a phobia or social anxiety). I always seek to build a collaborative bond with clients in order to work together to achieve better mental health. I have training in behavior analysis and therapy through the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern Illinois University and a certificate in interpersonal psychoanalytic psychotherapy through the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology.

I've come to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy through a different route than most, first earning a Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on cognitive neuroscience and then earning a second M.A. in clinical psychology: I utilize this information in what is now often called neuropsychotherapy or neurocounseling (how psychotherapy changes the brain and promotes more adaptive functioning).

I have experience in addressing issues related to strong emotions (such as anger, stress, anxiety and depression), the application of effective parenting techniques, couples counseling, helping clients through transition issues such as career change and retirement, as well as issues related to spirituality.

I am more of a "traditional therapist" (as one client put it), rather than a "life coach." I try to listen for emotional and cognitive patterns and help both the client and myself understand whatever it may be that is going on in the client's life that may be impeding both their behavioral and emotional goals.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #180.010878 (Expires: 2021-03-01)

LMHC #39003117A (Expires: 2022-04-01)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Jul 22, 2020 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Have only spoken to him twice on the phone ( multiple texts)but he seems knowledgeable and empathetic.

Written by K.E. on May 13, 2020 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, parenting issues, and anger management

Dr. Hassert is understanding and knowledgeable in his craft. I feel confident in his ability to help me in my situation.

Written by C.A. on May 09, 2020 after counseling with Derrick for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

He’s incredibly kind and a great listener. He holds space for me to express my emotions and I’m super grateful!

Written by D.E. on Mar 24, 2019 after counseling with Derrick for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Hassert is extremely professional and I believe him to be the type of therapist that is very hard to find today. He is very understanding and supportive and nonjudgmental about anything I tell him. He truly listens and validates how I feel. He understands what the root of issues are and offers solutions and techniques for coping. He is very responsive, gives thorough answers and is very patient and giving of his valuable time. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Written by K.A. on Nov 23, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I appreciate Dr. Hassert's time. He is a phenomenal listener and provides a great psychological viewpoint as well as being understanding like a friend would be. I highly recommend Dr. Hassert.

Written by A.U. on Sep 07, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 2 months on issues concerning anger

Five star therapist. Good sessions that helped a lot. Only thing that could be better is a little more effort put into regularity for scheduling appointments.

Written by L.. on Jun 27, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I appreciate Dr Hassert's timely responses and he really tries to provide support in different ways, e.g. readings, worksheets to practice how to change thinking, supporting words.

Written by A.S. on May 19, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

I've been working with Dr Hassert for a couple weeks now. I have been in other therapeutic situations and have not had the success I have had in my short time with Dr Hassert.

Written by A.N. on May 14, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Hassert listens for the right things. He zeroes in on what's important and tries to understand my perspective.

Written by G.L. on Jan 21, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Dr. Hassert is wonderful.

Written by M.A. on Jan 10, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and career

Dr. Hassert has been fantastic in addressing my concerns. He is available and always responds in a timely manner. I appreciate the advice he has been able to offer me and would absolutely recommend his expertise.

Written by K.A. on Jan 07, 2018 after counseling with Derrick for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and anger

This was my first time with counseling but I feel that Dr. Hassert really listens and really cares about what you have to say and tries to help you find a way to get over whatever the problem is. Thank you Dr. Hassert and I look forward to more sessions with you!

Written by S.A. on Dec 30, 2017 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, and self esteem

Dr. Hassert is very knowledgable, empathetic and insightful. He has offered me some valuable perspective and has helped me to feel more at ease with myself. Often he sends me some homework and checks in with me during the week. I'm really enjoying working with him.

Written by M.E. on Dec 19, 2017 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and parenting

It’s been helpful to just vent to someone who doesn’t know me. He’s been responsive. I missed my actual session, but look forward to eventually speaking with him so I can cope or deal with what’s going on in my life.

Written by L.A. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Derrick for 2 months

Dr. Hassert is my first counseling experience and that can be intimidating. But instead of fear he has made an extremely difficult time in my life better with his responsiveness, questions, direction and humor. He has made a positive impact on my behavior and thinking.

Written by R.A. on Aug 09, 2017 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Dr. Hassert responds often and quickly with strategies and researched information about my thinking patterns. He checks in periodically if I haven't sent a message in a few days which helps me take time to put myself and my mental health first when I've been too busy.