Cayla Tepper, LSW

Hello! My name is Cayla Tepper (she/her pronouns) and I am a Licensed Social Worker. I’m excited to be on staff as part of the 2020-21 fellowship cohort, completing advanced training in evidence-based treatments, participating in dedicated consultation, and collaborative supervision here at The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic.

My clinical experience prior to joining DASC includes time in a K-12 public charter school, an art and design university counseling center, and an inpatient substance use treatment facility. I have experience in these varied environments providing individual and group therapy to clients of many different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Most commonly I have worked with clients experiencing loss, trauma, self-esteem, questions of identity, life transitions, relationship/family issues, and addictions. Currently I am enjoying working from the modalities of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), though I come from a strong foundation in psychodynamic theories as well as training in various CBT interventions. I strive to incorporate anti-racist and LGBTQIA+ affirming frameworks in my practice and I am always trying to learn more in this respect. I strongly believe that therapy should feel safe, empowering, collaborative, and a place where communication is transparent. I use a warm, relational approach to my work with clients and abide by the social work principles of meeting clients where they are and treating every client with unconditional positive regard.

I am a fairly recent transplant to Chicago from New England, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (class of 2012) at the University of Vermont and my master’s of Clinical Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA (class of 2019). Before coming to social work as a career, I spent most of my time as a seasonal organic farmer in Vermont, working in food service and retail, apprenticing abroad, and organizing on behalf of various social justice causes. I believe these experiences bring an eclectic richness, humor, and humility to my work as a clinician. Though I miss the elevation changes and Boston accents on the East Coast I am really enjoying spending time riding my bike on the 606 and along Lake Michigan, eating all the good food here, building new community, and working on transferring my farming skills to improving my indoor plant game (harder than you’d think).
Insurance accepted: BCBS PPO, BCBS Blue Choice PPO, Sliding Scale when Applicable

Cayla Tepper, LSW


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