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Meet Demi Panagakis, LCSW, CADC

Demi specializes in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Demi received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Demi is passionate about working with a wide range of clinical concerns including: OCD, all types of anxiety, depression, phobias, panic, parent coaching, substance misuse, emotional regulation and conflict resolution.

Through her training, Demi utilizes evidence-based interventions including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to further her commitment to individualized treatment tailored to each client’s needs.

Demi uses humor, compassion and empathy to help empower and support her clients. Demi also has a love for animals and likes to incorporate animal therapy into her treatment upon request.

I am incredibly thankful for Light on Anxiety because of my wonderful therapist, Demi. I have been meeting with her for almost a year and a half now, and I cannot say enough good things about her. I have struggled severely with my OCD and intrusive thoughts, and never would have believed they would improve as much as they have. Demi has truly helped me live my best life. Her passion for her job helped me get where I am today, and I am beyond grateful.

— LOA Patient


Loyola University Chicago

Master of Clinical Social Work, Concentration in Mental Health and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Michigan State University

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies

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