I am a clinical psychologist in private practice working with adolescents, adults and couples.  My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing on elements of psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, developmental, and interpersonal models of treatment.

I believe that relationships are the foundation of health and development, and so in my work with clients, I aim to foster warm, supportive ties that ultimately provide a safe space within which to explore, understand, develop and heal.

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, returning to the US for my doctoral training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSoPP). My predoctoral internship training took place at Ravenswood Community Mental Health Center, where I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship.

I have consistently sought out advanced training as a way to deepen and develop my expertise. I am an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant for therapists studying EMDR who are seeking certification, and on Faculty with the Center for Creative Mindfulness, training therapists in the practice of EMDR therapy. I am certified in the Gottman method of couples therapy and in the Emotion-Focused Couple and Family Therapy model of treatment, which I primarily use with couples and families.

I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health, am a perinatal trauma specialist and am sought after for this specialization. I am Level 1 trained in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Association of Clinical Hypnosis and am pursuing advanced certification in hypnotherapy. Integrating these interlocking approaches to therapy, I use Ego-State therapy as a frame and method in my work.

In addition to my clinical practice, I am available to do in-services, workshops, conferences, on-site consulting, and consultations by phone and/or e-mail with individuals and professionals who work with children or parents in a variety of practices and settings.

773.338.2980 phone | 773.326.0926 fax | mara@docmara.com