about us

We know you have hundreds of options for therapists, and know you want to find a therapist who is a good match for you. Read on to see with whom we do our best work.

We work best with people who are either new to therapy, or have previously been to a therapist but are looking for a therapist who is more direct and interactive than their previous therapist.  We understand you’ve reached out for help because you actually want feedback and we want to offer it, so we tend to work well with people who are open and motivated.

Some clients want to know about our education, licenses and advanced training. We were supervised for thousands of hours and worked in a variety of settings before we arrived in this office. If you are interested in our education and training, please read more below.


Melissa A. Frey, LCSW

Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go badgers!), during which time she spent a year studying at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.  Following this, she received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago-School of Social Administration where she was awarded the Jane Mullenbach Moore Scholarship.

After finishing her Master’s degree, she completed a post-graduate fellowship in evidence-based psychotherapy at Rush University Medical Center where she received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. Upon completion of her first fellowship, Melissa was one of two social workers chosen nationally to complete a second fellowship in trauma treatment, psychotherapy, and treatment protocol development.  Melissa also completed Executive Leadership Training at Harvard University.  Following this, she spent the next five years as lead clinical supervisor and clinician in the Department of Neurology at Rush University Medical Center.

When not in the office, Melissa loves being outdoors (running, yoga, and, perhaps embarrassingly, roller blading). She loves to read, listen to new music and podcasts, and travel. Melissa’s clients describe her as direct, genuine, compassionate, and dedicated to her work.

You can read one of Melissa’s interviews here: How to support a loved one with depression

You can also find more information about Melissa via her profile on Psychology Today.

IMG_3774Judy Cohan, LCSW, ACSW 

Judy received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then received her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She has advanced certifications in divorce mediation, pediatric bioethics, family therapy, aging, and adult learning.

Judy strives to create a safe place to help clients discuss their needs, identify goals, and create a plan to take the steps necessary to achieve their objectives. While we cannot change difficult circumstances from the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve current challenges in life. Judy bases her work on the Japanese concept of “kaizen” which emphasizes continuous improvement by taking small steps that may have the greatest impact.

Judy’s practice includes work with individuals, couples, and families who experience challenges in their relationships, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and the formation of new behaviors and habits, as well as “letting go” of habits and behaviors that no longer seem effective.  Additionally, Judy has extensive experience in working with people who want to focus on stress management techniques to help achieve balance in their busy lives.

Judy finds joy in being a lifelong learner who is constantly taking in the world through reading, classes and experiences.  Her clients describe her as empathic, non-judgmental, and solution focused.

You can also find more information about Judy via her profile on Psychology Today.

img_0632Jenny Philipson, LCSW

Jenny received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and then received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago- School of Social Service Administration. Jenny is committed to continually advancing her clinical skills. She is certified in psychoanalytic psychotherapy by the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and completed her post-graduate fellowship at Chicago’s Cathedral Counseling Center. Jenny is also affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at Evanston Hospital.

If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, Jenny looks forward to working with you. In addition to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions, Jenny’s specific areas of interest include adoption (for couples or individuals), and pre- and post-natal psychological care for women. Jenny’s clients describe her as warm, thoughtful, and understanding.