about us

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Melissa A. Frey, LCSW

Melissa is a licensed clinical social worker with advanced training in evidence based treatment.  Melissa’s style is direct and empathic; she focuses on offering direct feedback and tools to help each of her clients reach their identified goals.

Melissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 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.

Now in her private practice, Melissa specializes in relationship concerns, clients adjusting to transitional periods, mood disorders (including depression), anxiety disorders, trauma, chronic pain, chronic illness, immigration and acculturation, trichotillomania, and neurological conditions. Melissa’s clients describe her as direct, genuine, and compassionate. When not in her office, Melissa can be found spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga, working through her endless reading list, and traveling.

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

To make an appointment with Melissa or to obtain further information, please send us a message at: intake@melissafreylcsw.com

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Judy Cohan, LCSW, ACSW 

Judy is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. If you are looking for support or guidance in dealing with a challenging situation, or if you are seeking a new direction in your life, Judy looks forward to working together with you to help achieve your goals.

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. 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.

To make an appointment with Judy or to obtain further information, please send us a message at: intake@melissafreylcsw.com

img_0632Jenny Philipson, LCSW

Jenny Philipson is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 15 years of experience.  Jenny helps individuals, couples, and families cope with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems, and life transitions. As a solution-focused therapist, Jenny’s goal is to help you identify your goals and then steps to achieve these goals.

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.

To make an appointment with Jenny or to obtain further information, please send us a message at: intake@melissafreylcsw.com