Get to Know the Therapists

Mimi Landau, LCSW
Mimi Landau, LCSW
Mimi Landau, LCSW/Practice Owner
 
Approach to therapy

Mimi takes an integrative 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. Mimi views therapy as a powerful vehicle for developing more clarity about oneself and one’s circumstances.  She believes that this depth of insight--in the context of a collaborative, trusting, highly attuned relationship--allows individuals to feel better attuned to themselves and grounded in how they direct their lives.  Mimi finds that her approach to therapy helps her clients feel more connected to their own true natures and motivations, which leads to feeling more connected with others; greater satisfaction personally, professionally or academically; more at peace with circumstances they cannot control; and an overall greater sense of contentment.
 
Mimi enjoys working with a wide range of individuals, ranging from adolescents to adults across the lifespan.  She is highly experienced in working with adolescents and young adults.  Clients typically seek her out for help with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, divorce, parenting teenagers, major life transitions, and concerns related to young adulthood.  She also has a special interest in working with therapists who are new to the profession, women experiencing infertility, and individuals pursuing non-traditional paths to parenthood.
    
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.  Over the years, she has participated in various psychodynamically oriented study groups.  She also 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 was a psychotherapist 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 as a psychiatric social worker.  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
Deivani Ramanathan, LCSW
 
Approach to therapy
 
Deivani takes a sensitive, thoughtful and purposeful approach to psychotherapy.  Her orientation is primarily derived from strengths based and psychodynamic perspectives, with strong underpinnings in self psychology.  She works with her clients to help them make sense of the how formative experiences and current life stressors contribute to contemporary states of thinking, feeling and perceiving.  Deivani also believes that her clients are experts on themselves and that it’s through a safe, collaborative, trusting therapeutic relationship that they will gain greater self-awareness in order to facilitate changing ways of thinking and being that may no longer serve their interests.
    
 
 
Education and career background
 
Deivani graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Augustana College.  She then obtained her Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Northern Illinois University.  She went onto work in the pharmaceutical industry for four years before obtaining her Masters in Social Work degree from Loyola University.  Upon earning her MSW, she was employed in various roles for 16 years at NorthShore University HealthSystem, in both medical and psychiatric social work.  There, she developed strong diagnostic and counseling skills, as she addressed the emotional and physical well being of the countless patients with whom she worked.
 
    
Contact information
Tel: 262-622-6560
 
 


 
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Cynthia Doucette, LCSW

Approach to therapy

Cynthia believes that clients are experts on themselves and views her role as someone who can help them facilitate solutions to their own problems.  She takes an integrative approach that is informed by relational, psychodynamic, and strengths-based schools of therapy, as well as cognitive behavioral and mindfulness modalities.  Cynthia is also interested in the mind/body connection between physical symptoms and psychological issues.  Clients who work with her are encouraged to deepen their awareness of this linkage.  She draws from her background as a certified yoga instructor in teaching her clients body and breathe work that can help them better cope with symptoms of physical pain, as well as depression and anxiety.
 
Cynthia enjoys working with adolescents and adults of all ages in individual, family and couple therapy.  Clients typically seek her out for help with depression, anxiety, attention difficulties, behavioral issues, eating disorders, body image struggles, and life transitions.  She has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults.  Cynthia is keenly aware of the challenges that arise as young people strive towards independence and search for well-suited identities, often while grappling with the relational shifts in family dynamics typical to this developmental phase.
    

Education and career background

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.
 
Cynthia’s career path is multifaceted.  Her passion for working with young people started when she served as an undergraduate student volunteer at the Warming House Youth Center in Wilmette.  She went onto become their Associate Director following college graduation, and has held a 16-year tenure as the agency’s executive director.  While in this role, she became a certified yoga instructor; she taught yoga for over a decade on the North Shore and has led yoga retreats at premier spas in Arizona.  Cynthia has been in private practice since 2009.
    
Contact information:
Tel: 773-580-5960
E-mail: [email protected]