Philosophy It is my priority that you feel understood. Long standing, sustainable change occurs when we delicately balance comfort with newness. For this reason, it is important that I balance curiosity and questions with support and understanding. If we set the stage together with that in mind, we will make a lot of progress. My approach is dynamic and relatable. Asking questions, being curious, experimenting with new things, celebrating successes, understanding motivations, and expressing emotions are all part of what we will do together. Continually acknowledging this process occurs within a system of oppressive social structures, I strive to work from an intersectional antiracist position. After many years in this field I have come to firmly believe that people grow, change, progress, and heal within supportive relationships. It is consistently my goal to provide that supportive relationship to each and every person I work with.
*As a person, and a therapist, I strive to challenge the oppressive systems of white supremacy, sexism, misogyny, the gender binary, anti-fatness, ablism, heteronormativity, and indigenous invisibility, embedded in our culture and within ourselves.*
Credentials Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Training Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy Advanced Training in Substance Abuse Counseling Advanced Certification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Level 1 and 2 Somatic Abolitionism (ongoing participant with ERE)
Approaches Relational Psychotherapy Substance Use Counseling Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Attachment Theory Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Relational Cultural Theory Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Experience My previous experience includes helping a wide range of clients in such varied locations as a community mental health agency, an inpatient chemical dependency rehab, an outpatient hospital setting, a group counseling practice, and a housing facility for homeless families. From 2010 to 2020 I was a part time faculty member for the School of the Art Institute Chicago’s Art Therapy Masters Program. Since 2010, I have worked exclusively out of my Bucktown/Wicker Park office providing individual therapy to adults.