Pamela Mendelsohn, LCSW
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Pamela Mendelsohn

Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Pamela Mendelsohn is a psychotherapist who brings a feminist and anti-oppressive lens to her practice. She specializes in working with queer people, parents, and adolescents. She treats clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues as well as those exploring gender, coming out, or navigating sexism. She has postgraduate training in Gestalt therapy.
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“In our sessions, you can expect me to offer a supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental space for you to explore your experiences, thoughts, and feelings.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a very young age, I have been someone who others confided in and I always found meaning and connection through bearing witness to their stories and emotions. I knew I wanted to be a therapist by the time I started high school. In college, I became deeply involved with social justice movements and a feminist writing collective, which rooted me in values that still inform my work. For years, I ran groups and created programs for adolescents at various community-based initiatives. I eventually trained in Gestalt therapy, which grounded me in taking a relational, somatic, and present-centered approach to my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session, I will ask you to begin sharing your story with me so I can learn what brought you to therapy and the goals you’re hoping to accomplish. In our sessions, you can expect me to offer a supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental space for you to explore your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I will help you slow down and notice what comes up in the moment, since the themes that arise in the therapy room are likely the same ones you struggle with in the world. I will invite you to pay attention to your experience in your body and offer breathing and mindfulness exercises. I will support you in identifying your strengths and, together, we will celebrate your progress and growth. I might also help you understand your individual experience when connected to oppressive systems.
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How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I highly value collaborative work; I believe it is in the best interest of both clients as well as therapists to continuously seek expert support. You can trust that if something comes up in our therapy session that is outside my expertise or specialty, I will seek guidance and resources from trusted colleagues. I also receive regular supervision from a clinical supervisor as well as through peer supervision groups, both of which provide ongoing learning and support in my work. If you have other care professionals on your team, such as a psychiatrist or nutritionist, I welcome the opportunity to connect with them. My goal is to support you as thoroughly as possible.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Trying therapy is a brave step. You are putting yourself at the center of your life, which takes courage. Still, I can appreciate the hesitancy since looking at our shame, guilt, vulnerabilities, and fears is difficult work. We live in a world where mental illness is highly stigmatized across many communities and cultures, so I understand feeling unsure about seeking a therapist. However, I believe that prioritizing our own mental health is a radical act, since we live in a world that manufactures and profits off our self-doubt. The beauty of therapy is that you don't have to face your feelings alone; I will be right there with you during every step of the process and we will go at a pace that respects your boundaries.
What makes you a feminist therapist?
Patriarchy is built into our society and impacts every facet of life; I am passionate about working with clients to identify the areas where patriarchy and sexism show up in their lives and supporting them in reconnecting to their power. Sexism can impact how we relate to partners, familial expectations of us, how we are treated in the workplace, and our beliefs about ourselves. I bring a feminist lens into the therapy room to help clients of all genders feel in charge of their lives financially, sexually, professionally, and in the context of their relationships.
“I am passionate about working with clients to identify the areas where patriarchy and sexism show up in their lives and supporting them in reconnecting to their power.”