My Approach to Helping
I have a solid foundation in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), a time-tested and evidence-based treatment that has been found again and again to be effective for a wide range of issues that clients bring into treatment including depression, anxiety, panic, relationship issues, family-related problems, substance abuse, and more. CBT is involves education of coping skills, increasing awareness of one's thoughts (cognitions), beliefs, and behaviors, and using coping skills to make adjustments in service of increased health and functioning.
In my work, I have found that this truly effective mode of therapy is most useful when it is meaningful and relevant to your life in real-time. Other helpful schools of thought that I am invested in and make use of frequently are interventions based in mindfulness (a current buzzword that again, is backed by scientific evidence and years of eastern culture that demonstrates how frequent mind-lessness has made us less aware of our internal and external worlds) and ACT (said as one word, 'ACT,' it stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; a branch of CBT with a particular focus on values, mindfulness, and committed ACTion). Finally, I take care to keep myself updated on the latest research and training that is relevant to my work and interest and to make sure the individuals I encounter in treatment are having their needs met. Because of this, you can rest assured that if for whatever reason one of us comes to feel we are not progressing in our therapeutic relationship as expected or desired, I am part of an ever-growing network of competent professionals and will make it my priority to help you find a provider who can better assist you.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to my work at NSCC, I maintain a position at one of the northwest suburb's leading behavioral health teaching hospitals where I work with adult patients who have acute and complex issues. It is here that I previously completed both my pre- and post-doctoral training with focuses on adult issues and chemical dependency, and psychological testing and evaluation, respectively. As a core team member in an Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, I conduct group therapy; individual, couples, and occasional family sessions; case management services, consultation with psychiatrists and other treatment providers, and supervision of doctoral and master's level interns. I will be continuing on for the foreseeable future with the hospital while seeing clients at NSCC three evenings a week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
If you are in need of a therapist in the Barrington area and are intrigued by the mission of North Star Counseling but cannot come in on one of the days listed above, I strongly encourage you to stop by our website! My colleague and business partner Tracey Richter, LCPC, sees clients at NSCC on Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, and Fridays. She too has a strong clinical background with competence in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions. You can read more about her particular areas of clinical expertise and interest at our website.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in working with young adults 18-30 and clients who are experiencing problems related to emotion regulation. Those struggling with emotion regulation often describe it as feeling like their emotions are in control rather than themselves, which can result in trying to cope with strong emotions by using unhealthy behaviors like substance use, self-harm, and other impulsive or destructive patterns. Such symptoms and behaviors often spill over into many, if not all, parts of a person?s life including difficulty at work, in relationships and in living a mindful and balanced life. I have also received specific training and supervision working in a chemical dependency partial hospitalization program as part of my pre-doctoral internship, providing group and individual treatment to those in early recovery from a variety of substance use disorders. Finally, I occasionally see clients with acute and severe mental health conditions (e.g. Bipolar disorders, severe depression and suicidality, and psychosis) and have followed them post-hospitalization due to my 5+years experience working and training in PHPIOP and inpatient mental health settings, dealing with crisis stabilization, and assisting these individuals with transitioning back to their lives and maintaining the gains made while at a higher level of care.