Every person comes to therapy for his/her/their own reasons. One person's bumps in the road may be another person's crises. Thus, each therapeutic journey is unique and individually compelling. For some, it's a major life event, transition, or loss that brings them to my office. Other people find their way here when they can no longer tolerate the cumulative impact of chronic stress or the frustration of dissatisfying relationships and life circumstances.
While I primarily see people struggling with varying levels of depression and anxiety, other common themes include identity development, relationship difficulties, loneliness, body image and adjustment to life’s transitions. I do individual and couples therapy and have particular interest in working with people from the LGBTQ community, who come up against a unique constellation of invisibility, prejudice, and life stressors.
The therapeutic process begins with a patient’s readiness, given his or her past experiences and current level of discomfort. I initially, and consistently thereafter, monitor a patient’s experience of and reaction to the therapy process. I believe that a boundaried, empathic relationship with the right therapist can be restorative and an instrument for positive change. Seeking help is an indication of strength, and the collaborative nature of my work utilizes that strength in addressing a patient’s vulnerability and suffering. We will examine patterns of behavior and relating, in order to allow more flexibility in relationships and to access a more productive and satisfying life.
Dr. Weber-Shifrin is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her PhD from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center, where she worked primarily with young adults from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Prior to that, she did three years of clinical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry, in the partial hospital program, the outpatient treatment center, and the Warren Wright Adolescent Center.
Dr. Weber-Shifrin has experience working with chronic, debilitating mental illness, as well as less severe, but often persistent struggles. She currently works in independent private practice, sharing space and collaborating with colleagues at Chicago Psychotherapy Group. She is on faculty at Northwestern University, where she is involved in the clinical training of psychology interns. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Weber-Shifrin can be contacted at 312.482.9262 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.