Renanah Lehner, PhD
A trusting and collaborative relationship is essential in therapy, and it is my goal to provide my clients with a warm and non-judgmental atmosphere in which to explore their experiences, feelings and concerns. My approach to psychotherapy is psychodynamic and relational, focusing on the development of the therapy relationship as a means to understand my patients better. I actively engage with my clients to explore their problems, relationship patterns, life experiences and goals. I work with adults who are struggling with a wide range of problems and mental illnesses. In addition to addressing immediate concerns and problematic symptoms, I work with my clients to understand and change longstanding relationship patterns and sources of dissatisfaction so that they can achieve greater fulfillment, intimacy and resilience.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I am also an Instructor at Northwestern University Medical School, where I work with graduate students in clinical psychology.
Matthew Vail, MA, LCSW
Are you feeling trapped or overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Does something feel “off,” but you don’t yet have words for it? A strong therapeutic relationship can empower us to live the lives we want by challenging the stories we tell about ourselves and the world. Asking for help can be daunting, so I work to create a safe environment that supports my clients in being fully themselves. Since each person comes to my office with their own vision of what a fulfilling life looks like, I use a collaborative approach to meet each person’s unique needs.
I am a relational therapist, which means that I believe a full life comes from learning how to have mutually-enriching relationships with others. I practice from an integrative approach with groundings in psychodynamic theory. I also integrate mindfulness and other experiential techniques, because sometimes words are not enough.
I have experience working with adults across the lifespan who struggle with a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and substance use. I have special expertise in working with individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ community. I provide services in English and Spanish and am available to provide expert witness reports for asylum petitions.