Meet Our Clinicians
Dr. Paula Freedman, Psy.D. (she/her) ~ Founder & Clinical Director
I'm Dr. Paula, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and writer.
My own experience in therapy awakened me to my calling. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology so that I could pay it forward.
Today, I help people of diverse backgrounds and identities learn to cope with anxiety, heal from past trauma, and recover from disordered eating and eating disorders. We all deserve to live meaningful, rewarding lives. I specialize in treating high-achieving adults who have a hard time letting go of control and tolerating uncertainty. I particularly enjoy helping people connect to their inner wisdom and learn to trust their intuition.
I'm on a mission to make healthcare welcoming, respectful, and compassionate for ALL bodies. I advocate for size inclusivity and promote the adoption of the Health at Every Size framework in health, fitness, and wellness spaces. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I will help you develop a peaceful relationship with food, reject harmful diet culture messaging, and feel at-home in your body.
In addition to my individual therapy work, I provide education and supervision for psychology graduate students and therapists-in-training, teaching them to assess for disordered eating more effectively and promote healing from Diet Culture in their work.
Many of us are held back by fear, anxiety, or beliefs about how we "need to be." The world needs us to show up authentically, yet we can only do this when we don't let shame control us. I'll help you dive deep to find your purpose, reject harmful social messaging, and heal your relationship with your mind and your body.
Dr. Jenny Sokolowski, Psy.D. (she/her) ~ Post-Doctoral Clinician
I'm Dr. Jenny, a pre-licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.
I believe that the only way out is through. Just like quicksand, if you struggle, you sink. Once you stop running, you float. My goal as a therapist is to provide an environment of warmth and trust to help you confront and challenge areas that create suffering, so you too can float. I know that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can be quite painful. But I am here to let you know that you are so, so much more than these things and that you have the strength to overcome them.
Treatment is never cookie cutter with me. I will provide you with what you need— perhaps, that’s processing your adverse childhood experiences, learning how to increase comfort around food, or fostering tools to help you create new ways of thinking and experiencing the world. My primary therapeutic approaches are Relational, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Although, I always utilize a trauma-informed lens. I recognize that many groups of people have encountered various forms of oppression and openly discuss these issues within the therapeutic space. Outside of the therapeutic space, I actively try to dismantle these oppressive forces. I am also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, which influenced my anti-diet stance and belief in body inclusivity. I hope to help you make peace with food and your body.
I am passionate about working with adolescents and adults with anxiety, eating and body concerns, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and life transitions. I completed my doctoral internship at an APA-accredited site where I gained specialized skills working with adolescents and their families. Prior to this, my training experiences have allowed me the privilege to work with diverse groups of people in a multitude of settings, including inpatient hospitals and private practices.
I am happiest when I am in nature and the sun. I enjoy hiking, running, and biking, but also love to watch Netflix and horror movies. Balance is key in my life. Baking brings me joy and my favorite recipe is my thick chocolate chip cookies. Lemon bars are good too.
Sarah Hochberg, M.A. (she/her) ~ Advanced Practicum Trainee
I'm Sarah Hochberg, a therapist who strives to provide individualized, holistic, culturally-informed care.
I’m drawn to psychology because I believe there is so much to be gained by developing a deeper understanding of ourselves. My aims as a therapist are to provide a safe, warm, nurturing environment in which I honor your vulnerability and help you to navigate past life experiences and move forward with relief. I seek to bring my clients towards full acceptance of their selves as they are, so they feel empowered to navigate life’s challenges with confidence.
Before coming to Chicago, I lived in New York and Baltimore, working in the non-profit space with all age ranges of youth. From that work, I brought with me an understanding of community- and family-level care, which I integrate into my work today. It’s important to me to acknowledge and account for the way people operate within their systems.
I earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Adler University and am currently in my fourth year of completing my doctorate degree in the same program. I have experience working in community mental health care, an inpatient psychiatric hospital and a medical hospital in Chicago. I have a wealth of experience working with clients on interpersonal relationships, life transitions, chronic pain, grief, and trauma. I also have experience working with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+-identifying clientele.
My practice is grounded in an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which involves developing mindfulness and exploring the way our actions relate to our personal values. I integrate my ACT practice with holistic, trauma-informed, client-centered care. Ultimately, I aim to sit and be present with each of my clients as we work together as a team to find a course of treatment best suited to empower acceptance, change and growth.
It is an honor to go on this journey alongside you, so together we may uncover how to boldly live as our most healed and authentic self.
I'm Heather Hovinen, a therapist dedicated to helping you find inner peace.
I was drawn to the mental health field after my own personal experiences with mental health. Through my educational journey, I have explored the impact of society and unique life experiences on individuals’ well-being. I have previously worked with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) as the Support Group Coordinator, Helpline volunteer, and Support Group Leader.
I am currently on my journey to earn my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at Adler University, where I have earned my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (M.A). I have completed clinical training in an inpatient behavioral health hospital and a therapeutic school in which I supported a diverse population of adolescents and adults. I have supported individuals through traumatic experiences, work-related stressors, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, difficulty with socialization, depression, autism, challenging family dynamics, and life transitions.
I approach therapy relationally and holistically. I integrate Cognitive Behavioral approaches with Client-Centered and Individual Therapy. I provide clients with a safe space to develop insight and a therapeutic experience that works with their values and diverse backgrounds. I am here to support your journey for healing, well-being, and inner peace.
Sydney Kurtz (she/her) ~ Master's Intern
I’m Sydney Kurtz, a therapist-in-training passionate about helping you live with purpose.
The transformation and growth I experienced during my own personal therapy journey inspired me to become a therapist and share that with others. Life is not always a linear progression and often throws us off track. The ebbs and flows can leave us uncertain of our choices and our emotions associated with them. I do not think anyone should have to go through this alone. I am passionate about working with clients during these times and helping them to find the inspiration needed to reach their aspirational selves.
My approach to therapy is relational and holistic. I believe in a mind and body approach that helps clients become mentally and physically healthier. In order to achieve this, all aspects of our lives must be in balance: the mental, the spiritual, the physical and the emotional. When one or more of these areas is depleted, this is where mental health issues can arise. In our work together, I help clients to find the right balance.
I am currently completing my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health (M.Ed.) at DePaul University. I am dedicated to helping clients live with purpose and intention; this means cultivating a life with limitless potential. It is not always obvious what this looks like and it takes thoughtful work on the day-to-day to create a life of meaning. I help my clients define what this journey looks like.
I believe everyone possesses a unique set of strengths that makes us all distinct individuals. Through therapy, we will uncover these. We will find what is holding you back from your happiness and explore ways to help you achieve your goals. Most importantly, I want to help you live a life of fulfillment, meaning, and authenticity.