Dr. Na’ama Wasserman
Psy.D., Clinical Supervisor
These are complicated times to be human. On the one hand, we seem to have limitless possibilities, avenues for growth, communication channels and access to new information. Yet creating meaningful relationships, feeling comfortable with who you are and managing the stress of daily living are all just as challenging as ever. Moreover, in the face of distress we may feel more isolated and distinct than ever, or feel pressured to conform in ways that further our confusion about who we are. Dr. Wasserman’s approach to helping people face these challenges is by offering a space to safely explore the underlying causes of their difficulties, consider their self-defeating patterns, grieve losses and revisit traumas. She has always been fascinated by stories; therapy is essentially a relationship where your unique story is retold and reconsidered. She believes that when we narrate our lives to another person something magical happens that can begin to create new meaning to suffering, transformation, and growth.
Ages Treated | Teens, Adults, Elders
About Dr. Na’ama Wasserman
Dr. Wasserman has 20+ years of experience treating individuals from adolescents to seniors experiencing various mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, severe trauma, grief, and loss. She worked extensively with groups and offered couple and family therapy. Her therapeutic approach is informed by psychodynamic theory but borrows from modalities such as relational and narrative therapy. In addition, she is versed with and often uses techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, ACT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. Her style is warm, informal, and curious, and her level of directiveness is tailored to the client’s needs.
Dr. Wasserman earned her BS degree from the University of Oregon (honors in psychology) and her Doctorate (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago. She was the director of a mental health program in a social service agency, where she helped numerous individuals transform their lives for the better. She is continually awed by the resilience and health that could be uncovered in us all, especially within a relationship that authentically nurtures our strengths and gifts. She is the Director of Psychological Services at Courage to Connect providing training opportunities for graduate level students from area Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs.
University of Oregon, BS, Psychology
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Psy.D, Psychology
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Narrative Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy