Jenny Philipson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, helps individuals, couples, and families cope with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems, and life transitions. Particular areas of interest include older adults, adoption (for couples or individuals), and pre- and post-natal psychological care for women. A practicing psychotherapist for more than 15 years, Jenny is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at Evanston Hospital.
As a psychodynamic therapist, she works in an open, active, yet non-directive manner to help people understand how relationship difficulties and stressors relate to unconscious patterns that become established earlier in life. She describes her work as “accompanying people on a journey of self-discovery. I love to help people who are curious about themselves learn to understand the meaning of their symptoms, find their voice, and realize the power of choice in their lives.”
Absolute confidentiality is critical to Jenny’s approach. She creates a safe therapeutic environment for exploring feelings and developing new goals for change. She makes use of a variety of practice methods, including brief cognitive-behavioral interventions, psychodynamic long-term treatment, and family therapy for treating couples and family systems. In addition, her extensive background in community social service informs her treatment, as she is acutely aware of the effects and challenges of environmental stressors and chronic mental illness.
Jenny is committed to continually advancing her clinical skills. She is certified in psychoanalytic psychotherapy by the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, holds a Master’s Degree in social work from The University of Chicago, and completed her post-graduate fellowship at Chicago’s Cathedral Counseling Center.