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Meet our Team!

Mika Handelman, Ph.D.
Founder, Supervisor, Clinical Psychologist

                                                                       At heart, I am an integrative psychologist - I find therapy to be most effective                                                                           and rewardinwhen I am able to draw thoughtfully and flexibly from a range                                                                         of evidence-based practices, and to creatively adapt, tailor, (or abandon)     

                                                                       these in ways that allow me to respond to each person's unique and complex                                                                         life, strengths, and needs. I use a collaborative and exploratory (rather than   

                                                                       hierarchical/expert) model to help you access/develop the resources to                                                                                  navigate life's difficulties. As clinical psychology is still primarily rooted in a 

                                                                       white, western, male framework, I strive to be critically conscious of this in                                                                               myself and my work. I also pay special attention to the role of unhealthy

                                                                       North American cultural norms and their impact on quality of living and                                                                                   mental/emotional health.


I feel most engaged and fulfilled when working with individuals across a range of ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. I was raised in a home with parents of different SES, racial and religious backgrounds. Acknowledging and embracing our differences while remaining connected to our shared humanity is very important to me and our work together. I identify as a cis, queer, multiracial Asian woman/person who is deeply invested in meaningful and fulfilling therapeutic work while valuing an equally rich personal life.

AREAS OF INTEREST: family of origin issues, attachment issues, intergenerational trauma, narcissistic abuse, race and/or gender related stress/trauma, graduate school stress, perfectionism, high levels of self-criticism and shame, living with cancer.


THERAPY APPROACHES: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, Motivational Interviewing, Feminist Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed. Receiving training in Internal Family Systems, Liberation Psychology, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR.



Ana Marisa Hill, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow

Everyone experiences a wide range of emotions and sometimes they are hard to explore, understand, and process alone. The day-to-day challenges that we experience can often feel overwhelming and difficult to endure over time. Therapy can be a place where you can talk openly, question freely, and explore yourself without judgment.

I strive to create a therapeutic space that is supportive, genuine, and safe. I provide therapy that is integrative, which means that I tailor my clinical practices to each client, each story, and each session. I listen actively and interact with clients in a way that encourages a balance of process and content, insight and change. I believe 

                                                                              people have resiliency and can heal through psychotherapy.


I enjoy meeting and working with individuals from minoritized and marginalized populations. As a cis, queer, multiracial Latina

woman, I value the complexity and richness that every intersecting identities hold for each individual.

AREAS OF INTEREST: racial and ethnic identity development; LGBTQIA+ population, interpersonal relationship difficulties, 

student-athletes, international students, family of origin issues, graduate school stress, spiritual/religious exploration.

THERAPY APPROACHES: Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Therapy


Emma Westra, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow

Many of us have experienced hardships and suffering in our lives, and sometimes we need help. I believe psychotherapy is a space that can help by providing healing and comfort to those who need it. Many things can contribute to life’s difficulties including historical, systemic, emotional, relational, and interpersonal factors. In therapy, I am interested in how these complexities impact you.

I am an integrative and process focused therapist, and I tailor my approach to fit your unique needs. I believe therapy 

should be a safe space for one to explore significant and difficult experiences. This is why I prioritize building a trusting relationship.

In therapy I focus on client’s patterns, provide and accept feedback, and facilitate skill building. I enjoy working with a variety of clients. I am an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist, and take into account the impact of race and gender. 

AREAS OF INTEREST: Family of origin issues, interpersonal relationship difficulties, body image concerns, college and graduate school stress, identity exploration, and pregnancy/post-partum concerns, OCD.

THERAPY APPROACHES: Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered, Attachment-Based Therapy, Feminist Therapy


Jacki Fritts, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

"You have to start believing you deserve more than just the bare minimum. As a psychotherapist, I believe that every person has the innate right and capacity to feel safe and cultivate a beautiful life for themselves. However, sometimes we need a little help along the way. I firmly believe in creating a safe and non-judgmental space where individuals can explore their emotions, thoughts, and behavior.


I have specialty training in working with young neurodivergent adults, specifically those wondering if they have a diagnosis of ASD or ADHD. I am a practical and compassionate therapist who specializes in using a blend of evidence-based approaches to help my clients achieve personal growth and meaningful change.

I am committed to providing individualized, multicultural-informed, and evidence-based care to each of my clients. I am part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and am in support of Black Lives Matter and other anti-racism movements. I strive to incorporate anti-racism into all elements of my personal and professional life.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Autism (ASDCS certification), ADHD, gender identity, eating disorders, personality disorders.

THERAPY APPROACHES: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy


Alex Lawall, Psy.D

Clinical Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow

Many of use experience struggle and hardship in our lives and finding the courage and strength to reach out for help can be difficult, but you have taken the first step! The challenges we experience every day can be overwhelming. I believe that psychotherapy can be a safe environment to foster growth, healing, and support. I strive to provide a safe therapeutic space where we can work collaboratively to allow you to freely explore, question, and process to help you achieve the quality of life that you desire and deserve.

I am an integrative therapist that tailors treatment to meet your unique needs using approaches supported by research. I believe that collaboration, feedback, and open communication is the best way to create a strong therapeutic relationship.

AREAS OF INTEREST: Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, couples, parenting, ADHD, stress management, life transitions, college and graduate school stress, time management, depression, interpersonal/relationship problems, PTSD/trauma.

THERAPY APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness-based approaches


Dr. Jovany Avendano
Clinical Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow

More coming soon.

Dr. Tabitha Mpamira

Clinical Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow

More coming soon.

Dr. Jonathan Blair

Clinical Psychologist, Couples Therapy Supervisor

Dr. Jonathan Blair specializes in couples therapy and has a passion for training and supervising the next generation of couples therapists. Dr. Blair provides couples training and supervision at several universities and mental health clinics.

THERAPY APPROACHES: Emotion Focused Therapy, Gottman-based approaches, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Lisa Young

Administrator, Biller

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We are thrilled to have the highly talented Lisa Young as a part of our team. She is

the founder of Rightintyme Virtual Assistant LLC, a business dedicated to supporting

small female-identifying led businesses. If you would like to learn more about her

services, her website is:


She can be reached at:

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