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
Jennifer Dumin, Esq.Board Member
Roger LiBoard Fellow
Kay Cohen, LCSW, MEdPsychotherapist, Intern Field Instructor
Eric Lu, MBABoard Member
Shawnese Givens, LMFTClinical Coordinator & Supervisor
Elaine Dutton, MSWBoard Member
Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCCPsychotherapist
Purvi Parikh-Shah, PhD, MScPsychotherapist
Jennifer Dumin, Esq.
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.
Kay Cohen, LCSW, MEd
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's Bio
Shawnese Givens, LMFT
Elaine Dutton, MSW
Xihlovo Mabunda, MS, NCC
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
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