Providing therapy for Evanston adolescents and adults.
“I’ve learned through research as well as personal experience that the relationship between client and therapist is essential for change in psychotherapy. I want my clients to feel heard, supported, and challenged! I love it when I hear ‘I never thought of it like that before!’ Sometimes therapy is painful, at other times it is exciting when a breakthrough is made or growth has occurred. I enjoy infusing my work with humor, and when appropriate, a bit of irreverence. Life is hard, but sharing the struggles and growth with a trained professional helps!
“I view psychotherapy as both an art and a science, and as such take an integrative approach based on each client’s needs and personality. Theoretically, I am drawn to contemporary CBT models such as DBT and ACT, as well as existential psychotherapy and interpersonal process theory. It is an honor to engage in such interesting, fulfilling work with clients trying to make life better for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.”
College student mental health, mood disorders, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT or RO), mindfulness, graduate students, eating disorders, stress management, perfectionism, clinical hypnosis, therapists in training.
Jennifer (Panning) Contarino, Psy.D., (she/her/hers), Founder and President of Mindful Psychology Associates PC, has been an Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist for sixteen years. She received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology from Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2003. She completed trainings at Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services Center and Northern Illinois University Counseling and Student Development Center, developing expertise in college student mental health.
In 2004, she established her private practice in Evanston and committed to providing high-quality psychological services to the Evanston, North Shore, and Northwestern University communities. She expanded her practice in 2015 and now leads a team of psychologists, postdoctoral fellows, and counselors working at Mindful Psychology Associates while also regularly teaching and presenting on various psychological topics.
In 2017, she authored a chapter for the New York Times best-selling book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Mental Health Experts Assess a President”. Her contribution entitled “Trump Anxiety Disorder” has led to interviews, writing, and speaking engagements related to anxiety and fear amidst the existing sociopolitical climate. Dr. (Panning) Contarino has since been featured in publications such as New York Magazine, Washington Post, healthline.com, Esquire, Thrive Global, Raw Story, and CBC News.
With her twenty years of clinical experience, she demonstrates a commitment to training and supporting the next generation of psychologists by employing and supervising psychology post-doctoral fellows. Dr. (Panning) Contarino was recently accepted into the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program which will enable her to expand Mindful Psychology Associates’ services even further. In this next stage of her career, she is available for new opportunities related to corporate wellness, writing, speaking, teaching, presenting, supervision, and consultation.
Jennifer sees clients in our Evanston office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.