Erika Yamin is excited to be joining Dr. Laufer's practice, having recently completed her doctoral coursework and dissertation research at The Chicago School. Erika also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, where she studied Psychology and Anthropology. Erika has worked with adults, adolescents, and couples on a range of issues, including anxiety, mood disorders, relationship concerns, and life transitions.
Erika is passionate about women’s reproductive mental health and has extensive academic and clinical experience in this area. Her doctoral work, entitled "Caring for the Whole Woman: A Program for Practitioners of Obstetrics and Gynecology", examines the need for and benefits of a specialized psychoeducational program for practitioners of Obstetrics/Gynecology.
After previously working as a birth doula, Erika has gone onto research and advocacy work related to improving women’s experiences during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Erika has worked clinically with a range of related issues, including infertility and loss.
As a clinician, Erika pulls from a few therapeutic styles including a psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive behavioral approach. Honoring the uniqueness of every individual, she tailors her approach to best facilitate each person’s journey and goals for growth. Erika has a warm and authentic approach, seeking to create a comfortable space to gain a complex understanding of her clients. She feels it is a privilege to help individuals gain both insight and skills. She works to be present without judgment in order to lay the foundation for healing and transformation, whereby a person can align awareness and action in order to create new life paths.
Contact Erika directly at 847-461-8905
Mirelle Bloch, PsyD, Postdoctoral Fellow, is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She believes in the importance of creating a collaborative relationship in a safe and non-judgmental space that fosters full exploration of her clients’ hopes, fears, and desires.
Mirelle relocated to Chicago after living in Paris, France for 16 years, where she maintained a private psychotherapy practice. She uses an integrative approach with a foundation of relational psychodynamic therapy and draws from her experience with mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavior therapy, and culturally sensitive psychotherapy. Mirelle is a certified EMDR clinician with extensive experience working with survivors of trauma. She works with individuals and has facilitated groups focused on interpersonal process, mindfulness, empowerment for survivors of sexual violence, and dialectical behavior therapy. In addition to trauma, she treats depression, anxiety, and mood disorders; attachment and relationship issues; identity and transition; eating disorders; emotional dysregulation; and grief and loss. In her off hours, Mirelle enjoys film and visual art, yoga, theater and dance concerts, writing, reading, and curling up on the couch with her dog, Puccini…especially during thunderstorms.