Get to Know the Therapists

Mimi Landau, LCSW
Mimi Landau, LCSW
Mimi Landau, LCSW/Practice Owner
 
Approach to therapy
Mimi takes a holistic approach to psychotherapy that seeks to build upon an individual's and a family's strengths.  Her eclectic style derives from psychodynamic, relational, cognitive, and family systems schools of therapy.  She understands the ambivalence people may feel when entering therapy, wondering whether this will really help and will this therapist understand me.  Mimi believes that a compassionate, trusting relationship between a therapist and client is essential for the therapeutic process to be effective. She strives to create an empathic, safe, and collaborative relationship with her clients where they can feel comfortable being themselves. 
 
Education and Career Background
 
Mimi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Masters of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Following completion of her graduate degree, Mimi continued her training in family therapy and studies contemporary psychoanalytic therapeutic modalities through various study groups.  She completed the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy training through the EMDR Institute.  
 
While in St. Louis, Mimi had the unique opportunity to train at Kids In the Middle.  It is the first and one of the few agencies of its kind in the United States that specializes in working with children and parents going through separation, divorce, and remarriage.  The experience provided a solid foundation for her expertise in this area, which has allowed her to help many children, adolescents, and adults who have been affected by divorce. 
 
Upon returning to Chicago, Mimi worked as a therapist treating clients of all ages at Turning Point Behavioral Health Center in Skokie.  She also worked for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (now NorthShore University Health System) in various capacities.  She was a therapist in the Highland Park Hospital Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program.  Then she went on to working at Evanston Hospital’s Access Center, where she treated clients in outpatient psychotherapy, performed psychiatric crisis evaluations in the emergency room, handled crisis hotline calls, and did intake.  Mimi continues to maintain her affiliation with NorthShore University Health System as a member of their professional staff.
 
Mimi has been in private practice since 2007.  Since then, she has led support groups for women going through divorce at the Lilac Tree in Evanston, and she has provided brief therapy to undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services.  
 
Contact information
Tel: 773-860-8114
Elizabeth Cho, MA, LPC
Elizabeth Cho, LCPC
 
Approach to therapy
 
Elizabeth treats clients across the lifespan, from early childhood through adulthood.  She primarily comes from a depth approach to psychotherapy.  Elizabeth is both psychodynamic and eclectic.  Her style derives from a Jungian lens, Gestalt/existential and intercultural perspectives, family systems, and cognitive and dialectical schools of therapy. Clients who seek out Elizabeth are typically curious about their wounds - psychological and other; they want to examine the connections, complications, and complexes of their inner vs outer selves and aspects of themselves they find uncomfortable.  With compassion, thoughtfulness, and insight, she aims to help her clients transform unconscious or unknown aspects of self/psyche into opportunities for enduring growth and healing through reworking, reclaiming, reintegrating, and meaning-making.   
 
Education and career background
 
Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Northwestern University and a Masters of Counseling degree from Loyola University Chicago.  While in college and directly afterward, Elizabeth did extensive volunteer and paid work in various settings, including a university health service, hospice care, daycares, churches, and a teen drop-in center.  Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 17 years and has a background in business administration.  During graduate school, she completed her practicum at the CG Jung Center in Evanston, a community mental health center, where she now serves on the board of directors. She also worked as a psychotherapist in an attachment-theory based private practice.  Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University and taught a course in multicultural counseling through their graduate program.  She is also fluent in Korean.
 
Contact information
Tel: 773-610-9335
 
 


 
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Katherine Johnson, LCSW

Approach to therapy

Katherine (“Kat”) treats individuals, couples, and families from adolescence through adulthood. She provides a warm and collaborative approach creating a safe space for clients to explore the past and present, with an eye towards how they want to see themselves in the future.  While her clinical style is eclectic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are techniques she frequently uses and finds helpful to her clients. Kat’s areas of focus are issues unqiue to teenagers and young adults, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, LGBTQQIA+ issues, substance abuse disorders, and adjustment issues/life transitions.

Education and career background

Kat holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Masters of Social Work Degree from Loyola University, Chicago.

Prior to receiving her MSW, Kat spent several years providing informal counseling to adolescents at a drop-in center.  While in graduate school, she held clinical internships providing counseling and advocacy services for women and their children fleeing domestic violence, as well as providing individual and group therapy to Veterans at a local VA Hospital. Following graduation, Kat worked as a therapist and case manager to homeless individuals on Los Angeles’s Skid Row.  There, she worked with homeless Veterans struggling with both mental illness and addiction and HIV/AIDS positive clients.  

Contact information:
Tel: 847-579-9436
E-mail: [email protected]