Cayla Tepper is a Licensed Social Worker and staff therapist completing advanced training in evidence-based treatments at The Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic. She is a recent transplant to Chicago from New England, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and her master’s of Clinical Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.
Prior to joining DASC, Cayla has worked as a clinical social worker in a K-12 public charter school, an art and design university counseling center, and an inpatient substance abuse facility. She has experience in these varied environments providing individual and group therapy to clients of many different ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Most commonly she has worked with clients experiencing loss, trauma, self-esteem and self-image, questions of identity, life transitions, relationship and family issues, and addictions. Before coming to social work as a career, Cayla spent most of her time as a seasonal organic farmer and organizing on behalf of various social justice causes, experiences which bring an eclectic richness to her work as a clinician.
Cayla comes from a strong foundation in psychodynamic theories as well as training in various CBT interventions, and is currently in active and dedicated training, consultation and supervision as a DASC fellow for a variety of evidence-based practices. She strives to incorporate anti-racist and LGBTQIA+ affirming frameworks in her practice and is always trying to learn more in this respect. She believes that therapy should feel safe, empowering, collaborative, and a place where communication is transparent. Cayla takes a warm, relational approach to her work with clients and abides by the social work principles of meeting clients where they are and treating every client with unconditional positive regard.
Cayla Tepper, LSW