Gavin Mullen, Psy.D., Clinical PsychologistA Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1992, Dr. Mullen works with adults. She completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University and went on to earn graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Mullen is a graduate of the Adult Psychoanalytic Therapy Training Program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  She is certified by the American Board of Psychoanalysis and is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Board.  She is also presently on the faculty at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her approach involves helping clients reach a deeper awareness of their emotional reactions, defenses and states of mind.

Working with adults, Dr. Mullen has experience treating:

  • Short term/Crisis resolution
  • Long term/In-depth work


Personal Statement
Trained as a psychoanalyst, I appreciate the power of two people talking to each other about the thoughts, feelings, and issues that matter deeply and yet might be difficult to understand.  In examining what lies beneath the surface of our mind, in psychoanalysis, we have an opportunity to learn about the complexity of feelings, behaviors, and reactions that might be outside of everyday awareness.  In our talk, there is an opportunity to discover emotional freedoms, learn about patterns in behaviors, or uncover past trauma, that will likely lead to lasting change.  The therapeutic relationship and setting offer powerful means to be able to better know and understand yourself and be able to recover from hurt and pain, as well as to restore a sense of internal steadiness.

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