Miriam Klevan

I work with individuals, couples and families in distress. Often that distress is related to anxiety, depression, and interpersonal conflict. I did my PhD on infertility and adoption, and work extensively with individuals and couples struggling with infertility, and with adoptive parents and adopted adults. I have some experience working with women who have placed children for adoption. My infertility work led me to do postdoctoral psychotherapy training with people suffering from chronic and acute medical conditions (i.e., traumatic brain injury, cancer, MS, IBD). Many of my clients are struggling with lives dramatically changed by illness, disability, or impending mortality.

I love helping my clients resolve conflict, find acceptance, and discover inner strengths. I work collaboratively with you — I am the “expert” in psychology and human development, but you are the expert in your own life. I tailor my approach to what you need, rather than following one particular style.

I am acutely aware of the way cultural factors like race, gender and socioeconomic status shape our lives, and I listen to my clients with humility and gratitude. I learn as much from my clients as they do from me.


B.A., English literature, Columbia University
M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, New York University
Ph.D., Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University (dissertation title:  Finding the Freedom to Say “Yes”:  Parents Narrate their Experiences with Infertility, Adoption, and Choosing the Race of their Child)
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Family Therapy, The Chicago Center for Family Health

Advanced Training

Certified Brainspotting Practitioner
Emotionally Focused Therapy 
Medical Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
Midwestern Brainspotting Institute
Chicago Center for Family Health
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Therapy
Chicago Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy