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Given the spread of COVID-19 and local and statewide closures, we are temporarily closing our physical office.
We are offering therapy services by video and/or phone while our physical office is closed. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will resume face-to-face work in our office.
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Wholeness. Transformation. Connection.
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:
Individuals have the inner resources and the capacity to grow and thrive to their full potential.
Clients are active participants in shaping their own treatment.
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.
We welcome adult women and transgender people of all races, classes, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
A supportive, collaborative, and stimulating environment for our therapists underlies our ability to provide high-quality therapy services to our clients.
We utilize a sliding scale fee structure to make our services affordable to more people.
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.
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
Erin O’Brien, MA, LPCClinical Supervisor
Jaymie Campbell, MD, MEdBoard Member
Deidre Ashton, LCSWClinical Director
Purvi Parikh-Shah, PhD, MScClinical Supervisor
Varney Glassman, LSWPsychotherapist
Samantha Rucker, MA, NCC, LPC CandidatePsychotherapist
Katherine Schwab, LSWPsychotherapist
Ellie Taylor, LSWPsychotherapist, Intern Field Instructor
Erin O’Brien, MA, LPC
Jaymie Campbell, MD, MEd
Deidre Ashton, LCSW
Purvi Parikh-Shah, PhD, MSc
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
Varney Glassman, LSW
Varney is a white, queer, ciswoman and uses she/her pronouns. Varney sees the therapeutic relationship as a space to begin healing and seeks to foster a collaborative, affirming and gently challenging environment. Varney’s approach to therapy is client-centered, trauma-informed, and relational. She draws from psychodynamic, feminist, and attachment theories. Varney recognizes how systems of oppression affect our lives in conscious and unconscious ways and seeks to incorporate a social justice lens to all her work.
Varney is interested in working with clients to identify and process past experiences that may be affecting their lives in the present. She also strives to help clients recognize and reflect on how current relationships and patterns of behavior are playing out in their lives. She is particularly interested in identity formation, life transitions, relationship issues, and family systems. Varney believes that clients are the experts on their own experiences and seeks to support clients in forming their own narratives.
Samantha Rucker, MA, NCC, LPC Candidate
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Katherine Schwab, LSW
Kate is interested in helping clients think about how past experiences and relationships may be affecting their lives today, and supporting clients to shift patterns that no longer serve them. Her clinical practice is informed by a range of modalities, primarily pulling from psychodynamic, feminist, relational, attachment, and trauma theories. She works to bring a somatic approach to her practice, meaning she is conscious of the mind/body connection and can help clients build internal awareness around that relationship, especially in relation to trauma. Many of us have complicated relationships to our bodies, or may feel disconnected from our bodies, and Kate is interested in exploring that relationship and working towards healing.
In addition to her work at The Therapy Center of Philadelphia, Kate also works for an intervention, treatment, training and education program working to stop harmful behavior and intimate partner violence.
Ellie Taylor, LSW
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