My Approach to Helping
My focus is to help clients find relief from troubling symptoms, enhance overall understanding, and strengthen coping methods with the aim of improving overall functioning and to simply feel better.
Being grounded in client-centered therapy, I collaborate with clients and aim to listen reflectively, as well as help examine and explore the thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiological symptoms that can get triggered, using primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT, techniques as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, techniques and mindfulness. I also provide psychoeducation as well information on any pertinent research findings in order to help empower clients.
I have a broad range of experience across 20 years, and have worked with adults of all ages and stages in life, challenged by stress, depression, anxiety, parenting and relationship issues, loss, developmental disabilities, as well as psychosis. I have worked in various settings around Chicago, including providing home health to parents families of kids in the Early Intervention Program, working with homeless moms and kids in homeless shelters, working with severely mentally ill individuals in impoverished nursing home settings, working in outpatient clinics and on an inpatient unit, as well as trained working with dually diagnosed individuals in a partial hospitalization program as well as in a community outreach program.