ASCEND provides a secure foothold and welcoming environment, to uniquely support you, your goals and values. We are partners in your journey of improved emotional awareness and a more healthy sense of self. ASCEND is less about finding what is broken and more about understanding health, well-being, and what is right. Through connection with self and others, patience, compassion, and caring, we reestablish a foundation of resilience and strength as you rediscover you.

Passion is found, inspiration is born, and a path is discovered. This is ASCEND.


Behavioral Health

Compassionate, comprehensive behavioral health care to improve emotional health, artistic performance, professional excellence and/or athletic achievement for individuals of all ages. Our programs are tailored specifically to the needs of each individual offering a spectrum of care and supervision. ASCEND believes that no individual deserves shame or blame for an emotional illness and that all individuals can recover when provided appropriate care over an adequate period of time.


As founder of the Illinois Sport and Performance Institute, ASCEND provides superior care for novice and elite athletes, artists, performers and professionals.

Whether your 'stage' is the ice rink, soccer field, concert hall, or board room, ASCEND's team offers tools and guidance to build confidence in competition, overcome distraction, optimize performance and achieve goals.


ASCEND provides a secure and professional environment conducive to growth, recovery, and excellence. Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) is intended to provide support and healing for individuals who are not able to adequately manage mood and anxiety or sustain healthy eating and personal safety with less intensive care.


The Nutrition Edge:
Small Steps Making a Big Difference   


ASCEND's Registered Dietitians provide thoughtful care, targeting personal goals and values. A full spectrum of nutritional support is available to proficiently address a variety of nutritional concerns. Our dietitians expertly adjust interventions and approaches as your needs evolve. 

Respecting people of all sizes. Realizing unique individual nutritional needs. Appreciating nutrition as a vital component of good health, focus, energy, and well-being. 


Chicago bioDensity

Chicago Biodensity

BioDensity is a non-pharmaceutical therapy known as osteogenic loading used to achieve increased bone density and stronger muscles. During weekly sessions lasting fewer than 15 minutes, patients perform four specialized “trigger events” monitored by a trained technician to deliver the precise stimulus needed to activate the body’s natural adaptive responses. BioDensity's unique system helps people of all ages reach this limit without causing pain, muscle soreness, or fatigue.



Teens & Adolescents

Kids and teens find a safe space with professionals who "get it" at ASCEND. Building internal emotional resilience at ASCEND allows children to more confidently and comfortably pursue their interests and dreams. Ideas thrive, motivation is restored, and strengths are discovered. A path of excellence and promise is created. We help children and teens discover themselves and grow through caring and connected relationships.


Parents & Kids

Parenting books do not always describe how to parent the elite athlete, superior musician, young artist, or scholar. The path for each family and their child is unique. ASCEND provides support and empowerment by:

  • Building confidence

  • Managing distractions

  • Communication for overall health

  • Stress management

  • Excelling in competition

  • Navigating press and social media


ACHC Founder, Dr. Jenny Conviser

Dr. Jenny Conviser.    

Founder & CEO

Jenny H. Conviser, Psy.D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
 Dr. Conviser holds Certificates of Training in Behavioral Medicine from the University of Chicago, Family and Child Psychotherapy from The Family Institute of Northwestern University and Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP).