Wholeness. Transformation. Connection.

Our Mission

Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) nurtures individual well-being and personal growth by providing high-quality, affordable psychotherapeutic services to women, transgender, and gender non-conforming communities.

We work from an intersectional framework that attends to aspects of social location and oppression as integral to the therapy relationship and work.

TCP strives to be racially equitable and trans-affirming in all of its services and operations through centering the following principles:

Personal Growth

Individuals have the inner resources and the capacity to grow and thrive to their full potential.

Partnership

Clients are active participants in shaping their own treatment.

Understanding

With a commitment to social justice, we approach therapy with the understanding that relationships, social context and oppression affect one’s sense of self and well-being.

Inclusiveness

We welcome adult women and transgender people of all races, classes, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

Community

A supportive, collaborative, and stimulating environment for our therapists underlies our ability to provide high-quality therapy services to our clients.

Accessibility

We utilize a sliding scale fee structure to make our services affordable to more people.

Accountability

TCP is committed to being accountable to the ways in which feminism has been, and still can be, divisive within communities of color, lesbian/queer communities, and within transgender communities. We work toward offering a mental health space that strives to attend to these experiences intentionally and directly.

Holistic Approach

Psychotherapy is not a cure-all; we encourage our clients to pursue other avenues to self-realization through the arts, athletics, body work, and other modes for healing.

Featured Team Members

Jennifer Dumin, Esq.

Jennifer Dumin, Esq.

Board Member
Jennifer's Bio
Jennifer Dumin is a family law attorney with Berner Klaw & Watson LLP; she is admitted in Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She represents clients in divorce, support, custody, and adoption matters.

Jennifer is a member of The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she serves as Co-Chair of The Legal Rights of Contemporary Families Committee. She serves on the Board of the Therapy Center of Philadelphia as Secretary. Jennifer has received recognition as a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers since 2016 and as a Best Lawyer in America for family law by Best Lawyers since 2018.

Roger Li

Roger Li

Board Fellow
Roger's Bio
Roger Li is a J.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a visiting board member at TCP through the Wharton Nonprofit Board Fellows program. Before law school, Roger worked as a policy analyst and project manager for the City of New York. Roger is a graduate of Columbia University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in political science and anthropology.
Kay Cohen, LCSW, MEd

Kay Cohen, LCSW, MEd

Psychotherapist, Intern Field Instructor
Kay's Bio

My name is Kay and I am a white, trans, queer, licensed clinical social worker who is interested in the ways that authentic connection, collaboration, and accountability bring us closer to ourselves and each other and strengthen our communities. My approach to therapy is rooted in an ethic of social justice that emphasizes your right to claim and embody your purpose within a life that resonates with your definition of personal, social, and political empowerment. In our work together, my goal is to support you in moving through the world in whatever body, self, and community feel like home, in your ability to endure and resist the forces of power and oppression in society, and in your right to be safe. Whether it’s your aim to manage anxiety and stress, build a healthier relationship with your body and self, engage in healing around traumatic experiences, or develop more rewarding relationships, I provide a non-judgmental space in which we’ll work together to explore those things that feel hardest to manage alone.

 

I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, including relational, narrative, and feminist theories. In addition, I am trained in and excited about engaging EMDR and Somatic Experiencing as alternative ways to connect with, process, and heal from trauma using the inherent wisdom carried within our bodies.

Eric Lu, MBA

Eric Lu, MBA

Board Member
Eric Lu's Bio
Eric Lu is an Engagement Manager with Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences practice, where he helps various healthcare businesses design and implement strategies for improving quality and lowering cost of healthcare. Eric became involved with TCP in Fall 2016, when he led a Wharton Community Consultants project with TCP to assess its financial situation and recommend options going forward. Eric holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Shawnese Givens, LMFT

Shawnese Givens, LMFT

Clinical Coordinator & Supervisor
Shawnese's Bio
Shawnese Givens, LMFT is the Clinical Coordinator and a Clinical Supervisor at TCP. She comes to the organization with a BA in Psychology from Adelphi University and a MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She has also received post graduate training at the Psychotherapy Center for Gender & Sexuality at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. As someone who identifies as a QWOC, feminist, and social justice advocate, Shawnese is particularly passionate about working to restore wholeness and health within black, brown, and queer communities. Shawnese also maintains a private practice and serves on the Board of Directors for the Attic Youth Center.
Elaine Dutton, MSW

Elaine Dutton, MSW

Board Member
Elaine's Bio
Elaine’s awesome bio goes here!
Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCC

Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCC

Psychotherapist
Xihlovo's Bio
Xihlovo Mabunda is a master’s level psychotherapist whose practice is informed by her social location as a black, South African ciswoman. She relocated to the U.S. in 2014 for her studies and settled in Philadelphia in 2017. Her goal is to build relationships that foster growth and encourage self-exploration in one’s identities. She received a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Villanova University after attaining her BS in Psychology and Sociology at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Her approach is integrative, pulling from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, feminist and relational theories. Areas of expertise include interpersonal relationships, life transitions, anxiety and LGBTQ communities.
Purvi Parikh-Shah, PhD, MSc

Purvi Parikh-Shah, PhD, MSc

Psychotherapist
Purvi's Bio

As a therapist, I bring to the therapeutic relationship my education, my professional experience and my lived experience of being an Indian, cis-gendered, heterosexual therapist who uses she/her/hers pronouns. My areas of work involve depression, anxiety, complex trauma, complicated grief, unresolved anger, shame, loneliness, relational conflict and/or intimacy issues. I work with individuals as well as with couples at TCP and in my private practice. I value building a therapeutic alliance that is safe, secure and transparent in which we explore where you are stuck and help you grow with intention.

My approach to therapy is collaborative and informed by feminist, relational, and trauma-aware principles. It is guided by understanding your interactions with the relational systems of which you are a part as well as your social location in it. In therapy we work with parts of you that feel oppressed and help you empower them, and utilize your strengths in working with parts of you that feel stronger. As a therapist, I hope to facilitate self and relational empowerment, compassion and authentic connection in a style that is active and direct. I draw from attachment-based therapy, emotion focused therapy, and brief psychodynamic therapy. I believe that our formative relational experiences inform our current relational dynamics. In exploring and processing emotional experiences, internalized messages, and unmet needs, fundamental positive changes can occur. These changes can allow us to reshape our narratives in ways that feel healthier and more effective.

Degree: PhD (Psychology), Master of Science (Marriage and Family Therapy)
License: Licensed Psychologist

Our Services

Here are some of the many services we offer...

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual Psychotherapy is a unique relationship in which you and your therapist meet one on one...

Couples Psychotherapy

When you are struggling in a relationship, often it can be helpful to talk with a therapist about where you are getting stuck...

Professional Trainings

Coming soon to TCP...

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Group Psychotherapy

You may find that group therapy is a more effective way to feel positive changes in your life..

Internship Opportunities

Therapy Center of Philadelphia offers a robust clinical internship program to students in their final year of Masters level training...

Comprehensive Intake Process

Multi-layered process that carefully considers the needs of each individual...

Latest Posts

Quarterly News – March 2019

You may have noticed some radio silence from us here at TCP recently… We recognize and appreciate that you, our community, have been incredibly generous to us over the years. While your donations have always provided essential funding to quality services to the clients that TCP serves, we feel that it is equally important that we…

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What Folks Are Saying

"TCP has been an anchor in my life. When I first came here I was unemployed and wouldn’t have been able to access counseling if not for their sliding scale. My therapist helped me overcome bad experiences that were haunting me. I now am in school, in a relationship, and trust the future. I never thought I would say that."
"Working at TCP I have been able to grow and find my voice as a therapist. It is so important to have community support in a field that can be isolating at times, and I have found this at TCP through excellent group supervision and programming for staff members. The feminist nature of the organization also makes TCP a workplace where I actually feel that my voice is heard, which is something quite unique."
“Participating in the Community Partners Program has allowed me to give back to the community and see clients that I otherwise wouldn’t. I appreciate the opportunity Therapy Center of Philadelphia has given me to work with low-income women and trans people in need.”