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.

My goal for us is to collaborate together 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, and/or incorporated with other models and practices to meet the realities, strengths, and needs of each person. I strive to provide a safe, warm, and supportive relationship, and value open dialogue and feedback.

I enjoy working with individuals who identify with 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; race and/or gender related stress/trauma; living with cancer;  narcissistic abuse; graduate school stress; highly self-critical.