Licensed Psychologist (CO, DC, MD; APIT)
Dr. Saryn Levy (she/her) is the founder of Capital Psychology Group. After completing her undergraduate studies at Emory University, she attended the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. Her training experiences include past affiliations with Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Brooklyn College, and the Brooklyn VA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center.
Saryn later worked at Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow and subsequently as a Licensed Psychologist. She taught in University of Denver's undergraduate and Counseling Psychology graduate programs. She also worked at Georgetown University's student counseling center before establishing this practice.
As a therapist, Saryn takes a warm and collaborative approach to treatment. Her clinical interests include eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal dynamics, and identity development. She approaches therapy with awareness that much of our present is informed by our past, that our interpersonal relationships are central to our well-being, and that learning to acknowledge and accept all parts of ourselves relieves suffering. She utilizes interventions primarily rooted in identity-affirming, HAES-informed, psychodynamic, and EMDR lenses.
Saryn also values providing comprehensive assessments aimed at clarifying professional, educational, and psychological strengths and needs. She is licensed in Colorado, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. She also holds Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT), granted by the PSYPACT Commission (#11596, issued 6/3/22; for additional information please read here).
Psychology Associate (DC)
Psychologist Candidate (CO)
Dr. Mackenzie Jessen (she/her) grew up in Wyoming and attended George Washington University on a running scholarship. After graduation she worked in various organizations and fields, including teaching English to professionals in Spain and to students in South Korea.
Mackenzie’s interest in psychology grew out of her curiosity about people and her exposure to different cultures. During the 10 years that she lived and worked in New York City, she began her psychology studies and research experience at Columbia University before transferring to City College to complete her master’s degree. At City College, she had the opportunity to provide counseling to first and second-generation immigrant students from around the world.
As part of her doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of Denver, Mackenzie continued her work with students in public and private universities, as well as at a community mental health center specializing in services for refugees and immigrants. Additionally, Mackenzie’s pre-doctoral internship included specialized training working with transgender and gender expansive clients.
Across settings, Mackenzie is interested in the ways in which environment, cultural identities, and underlying social systems shape our experiences. Mackenzie seeks to learn more about her clients’ intersectional contexts and believes that profound change can occur through mutually empathic and empowering relationships.
Mackenzie’s interests include identity exploration, existential issues, cultural homelessness, intergenerational conflict, family of origin issues, and trauma, as well as working with LGBTQ+, first-gen and non-traditional students. She is licensed as a Psychology Associate in Washington, D.C. and as a Psychologist Candidate in Colorado, under the supervision of Dr. Saryn Levy.