Philosophy I believe each of us strives to create our story in which we are validated, empowered, and at peace. As stories often go, we can get lost in the weeds of negativity, coming from the world around us – or even ourselves. Other times we can struggle to understand the text, images, and events right in front of us. As a therapist, I will work with you to help you create the best chapters of your life, writing a narrative that you can rely on for years to come.
My approach is motivated by the last 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, as an educator and then psychotherapist. My foundation in education and mental health drives my understanding of how you process information, and how you learn to accept or attempt to change. I see myself as a compassionate and straightforward therapist, who uses your existing abilities to tackle the world you live and work in. I also work with you to explore the over-whelming or traumatic experiences that you have struggled with to move forward in your life. At the root of my values, is the idea that we can all create our own happy ending – we just may need some help getting started.
Credentials Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Professional Educator Licensed (PEL)
Training MSW, Florida International University, 2009 B.A., University of Florida, 2000
Approaches Trauma Informed Practice Couples Therapy Adolescent Counseling for Emotional & Social Disorders Gender identity and sexual orientation exploration/support Affirmative Therapy with LGBTQIA and Queer Individuals & Families Depression & Anxiety Body Mind Connection Life/Career Transitions Grief and Loss
Experience I began my career as a middle school teacher in Florida wanting to live up to the images of every great teacher in books and movies. At the heart of all my literary and big screen heroes was a drive to understand and work more closely with people they strived to empower. That principle encouraged me to pursue my Master in Social Work, earning my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
I’ve had the honor of working with members of the LGBTQIA/Queer community, focusing much of my work with couples and those affected by HIV/AIDS. My goal to create a safe and brave space for my clients, including individuals and couples, lead to my work with Gilda’s Club, assisting those touched by cancer, through therapeutic support groups and educational workshops. As a recent transplant to Chicago, I took a position that married both my passions of education and mental health as the Clinical Director of UCAN Academy.