Providing therapy for Evanston adults and adolescents
“I have learned that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in bringing about meaningful change. I take a collaborative approach to therapy to empower my clients to enact the change they desire. I am deeply passionate about fostering healthy connections and promoting emotional well-being as clients navigate life transitions, relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences, and more. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment through validation, unconditional acceptance, humor, and honesty, which allows clients to deepen their understanding of themselves and others. Through a compassionate and culturally sensitive approach, I strive to support clients in their journey towards personal growth, connection, and empowerment.
“I practice primarily from a relational-cultural perspective, while integrating aspects of psychodynamic theory. At the core of this is the belief that we as humans have an innate need to engage in genuine, supportive connections with others while feeling validated in our experiences and emotions. I believe understanding how our early experiences shaped us is integral to understanding how we interact with the world in the present-day. Additionally, by focusing on cultural influences and societal dynamics, I aim to empower clients to challenge oppressive systems and embrace their authentic self.”
Trauma, relationship difficulties, life transitions, anxiety, college student mental health, and depression.
Maren Panzirer, M.A., (she/her) is a fourth-year graduate student pursuing a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School. She was awarded her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2022. She is currently writing her dissertation on how family dynamics are impacted after the loss of a parent. She is completing her advanced practicum training year at Mindful Psychology Associates and will be seeing clients at MPA until June 2024. Maren is being supervised by Dr. Amanda Stagg (license number 071.010030). She has worked in various mental health settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals and community mental health agencies with clients across the lifespan. She also has experience doing individual, couples, and group work.
Maren sees clients virtually and in our Evanston office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Clients meeting with Maren virtually must be located in the state of Illinois.