Health at Every Size® Healthcare Provider Listing
Paula Freedman, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
HumanKind Psychological Services, LLC
Make an Appointment:
Special Instructions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free initial consultation call where we will explore together whether it's a good fit and then set up a first appointment.
In-Network Insurance Companies:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Eating Disorders
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Intuitive Eating Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Adlerian Psychotherapy
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- Perfectionists/ people pleasers
- Jewish clients
Languages Services Offered In:
My Philosophy of Care
I treat people who are struggling with anxiety, perfectionism, trauma, eating disorders, and relational difficulties. I'm not one to sugarcoat, nor will I minimize your challenges. I am warm and authentic, and I view you as the expert on yourself. I celebrate all aspects of diversity and will meet you with curiosity and compassion. My therapeutic style is integrative. I'm intentional in choosing an approach for your unique needs, and we can be flexible if something isn’t working. My philosophy is rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also integrate Attachment Theory, Adlerian, Cognitive-Behavioral, Systems, Feminist and Mindfulness-based approaches. I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and align with the Health at Every Size framework. I believe everyone deserves to feel at-home and safe in their body and express their full identity without judgment. I believe health is multifaceted and nuanced. Each of us has a different definition of what makes for a good quality of life. My goal is to help you live your version of a rewarding and meaningful life. This also means finding ways to contend with the social and systemic factors that affect your quality of life, and tune out the noise and pressures from the outside world that have likely taught you to care about certain things above others. In therapy, I will join you in letting go of the search for answers or a quick fix, in favor of finding freedom and fulfillment in life.
About Me & My Practice
My own experience in therapy awakened me to my calling. I became a clinical psychologist to pay it forward. I specialize in treating high-achieving adults who have a hard time letting go of control and tolerating uncertainty. I particularly enjoy helping people learn to trust their intuition. I came to the eating disorder field by way of the addiction field. I also have a personal connection to this work. As a trauma survivor who coped by developing an eating disorder, I spent many years feeling disconnected and unsafe in my body. In my own recovery and education I came to understand that what I was taught about weight and health was inaccurate and deeply harmful. I believe providers have a responsibility to think critically about our beliefs. I believe our job is to support people’s entire wellbeing, including helping dismantle harmful systems, and that is why I align with Health at Every Size. I’m aware that I will never understand what it’s like to experience the world in a body other than my own and that I am afforded thin privilege. Thus, I know I’ll always be uncovering and unlearning biases and am committed to doing so through ongoing education, supervision, consultation, and learning from colleagues and fat activists. As a board member of Fat Torah, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting weight stigma in Jewish communal life, and on the advisory board for Medical Students for Size Inclusivity, I work to be an ally in supporting fat liberation.
Currently the vast majority of our services are through telehealth. We have very limited in-person availability. Our office is on the second floor of a building that has both an elevator and staircase. We rent an already-furnished office from another clinician; the office has an armless couch and armchair.