Philosophy In building a collaborative therapeutic relationship, my approach is based on respect and compassion. I strive to honor each person's unique life experience by tailoring my clinical approach to best meet their individual needs and/or goals for therapy. Therapeutic goals can include focusing on a specific situation and the accompanying depressive or anxiety symptoms. Some individuals may need support in working through a traumatic event. For others, a goal could be recognizing some lifestyle patterns, sometimes existing since childhood, that no longer coincide with one’s values and goals for the future. We will collaborate to assess what has been working and what may need to be adjusted. Each interaction is different, and I work to provide a safe and comfortable space for individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and patterns in order to facilitate meaningful change in their lives.
Education M.A., Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy Specialization, 2008, Adler University B.A., Psychology, 2005, University of Central Arkansas
Licensure Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Illinois, License Number: 180.009804
Specializations Anger Management Family Conflict Substance Use Self Esteem Depression Divorce Anxiety Life Coaching Self-Harming Relationships Trauma & PTSD Mood Disorders Grief Eating Disorders
Experience Throughout my professional background, I have worked with diverse individuals and populations to assist in recognizing and utilizing their strengths while facing life’s many challenges. I have specialized training in crisis intervention and trauma informed care, most recently utilized in working with the refugee population at Chicago O’Hare. I am trained in and have worked from therapies including Feminist Therapy, Harm Reduction, Art Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychoanalytic, CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I completed my MA Clinical Practicum focusing on eating disorders in a Chicago private practice. My experience includes working with clients of all ages in Chicago’s public schools, shelters, intensive outpatient settings, non-profit agencies, and private practice.