My Approach to Helping
I use a relationship-based, client-centered, integrative, and collaborative approach to counseling. I consider all domains that make up a whole person - mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is my philosophy that with patience, determination, trust, and a meaningful connection, insight and healing are attainable.
I am passionate about supporting individuals while they navigate the various trials that occur in life. I find that it is helpful to validate strengths and motivations as a way to empower individuals to take control of their own lives.
It is my goal as a therapist to help people begin to address their presenting issues by first providing them with unconditional support in a safe space. Together, we then work to uncover underlying sources of pain, connect the impact that thoughts and feelings have on behaviors, strengthen self-awareness and acceptance, explore and incorporate effective coping skills into daily living, and relieve distress to ultimately improve functioning and quality of life.
More Info About My Practice
I earned my Bachelor of Sociology and Bachelor of Music Performance from Northwestern University, and then received my M.Ed. in Counseling from DePaul University, where I focused on both Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as School Counseling. I have since become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I also hold a Professional Educator License with an endorsement as a School Counselor for ages Pre-K through 21.
I have worked and volunteered in a variety of mental health settings including a therapeutic residential school, a Chicago Public Schools K-8 school, a crisis call center for homeless youth, a nonprofit organization supporting grieving youth, and a LGBTQ+ community center. I am drawn to working with a diverse clientele and have experience with individuals ranging from preschool through college age. I am well-versed in individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.
In addition to identifying as a committed lifelong learner, both personally as well as professionally, I am an avid musician, runner, nanny, reader, friend and family supporter.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
ADHD, Academic Underachievement, Addiction & Substance Use, Adjustment & Transition Concerns, Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Bullying & Peer Relationship Concerns, Career Counseling, Child/Adolescent/Adult Counseling, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Communication, Coping Skills & Stress Management, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Dissociation, Divorce & Blended Families, Domestic Abuse & Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Gender Dysphoria, Grief & Loss, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ+ Concerns, OCD, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse, Sleep & Insomnia Issues, Somatic Symptoms, Special Needs, Spirituality, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma & PTSD, TBI, Women's Issues