Mikita Brottman is a professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the heart of downtown Baltimore. She is also a writer of non-fiction, and a psychoanalyst certified through NAAP. She has a D.Phil in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, and a Ph.D in psychoanalysis. She has worked in a voluntary capacity at the Jessup Correctional Institute as part of the JCI Prison Scholars Program, and also as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Check out her "mesmerizing" true-crime podcast, Forensic Transmissions. Mikita lives in the old Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with her partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and their French bulldog, Oliver. 

You can contact her at: mikita.brottman@gmail.com

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 MELISSA DAUM                                                     

MELISSA DAUM                                                  



Melissa Daum is a therapist in private practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is particularly interested in feminine psychology as it relates to motifs in fairy tales, myths, and culture. At her alma mater, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Melissa taught courses on dreams and psychopathology.  Melissa has given presentations on alchemy, erotic transference, and Jungian theory.

Melissa studied costuming and fashion before turning to depth psychology, and has worked on several touring productions of Broadway musicals as well as in regional theater and opera. Melissa has also been a yoga instructor for seven years. She is trained in trauma sensitive yoga. 

Melissa is available for individual and couples therapy.

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Check out her advice column in the style blog, bldg45.