Mika Handelman

Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Pause for a moment and give yourself credit for taking this step! Choosing to see a therapist is always a brave decision and often a tough one. You’re prioritizing your emotional health and wellbeing. You're respecting your struggles by recognizing them and looking for a constructive way to address them. Together we will help you actualize a life that is aligned with your values and honors who you are.

I take a collaborative and exploratory (rather than expert/hierarchical) approach to help you develop/access the resources to navigate life's difficulties. I utilize a range of approaches supported by research and also recognize the limits of evidence-based therapies which often need to be adapted, tailored, incorporated with other models/practices, or abandoned to meet the realities, strengths, complexities, and needs of each person. I strive to provide a safe, warm, and supportive relationship, and value open dialogue and feedback throughout our work together.

I feel most engaged and fulfilled when working with individuals across a range of ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. I was raised in a home with parents of different SES, racial and religious backgrounds. Acknowledging and embracing differences while not losing sight of our shared humanity is very important to me and my work. I strive for openness and a desire to learn while not placing the burden of teaching on you. I continually strive to deconstruct patriarchy and decolonize my own mind, self, and practice. 

While my practice is generalist we may be a good fit if you are someone who resonates with any of the following: family of origin issues; attachment-related traumas; intergenerational trauma; race and/or gender related stress/trauma; narcissistic abuse; graduate school stress; high levels of self-criticism and shame.