My Approach to Helping
I concentrate on building a strong, trusting relationship with you as a foundation for the counseling process. I use an integrative approach, combining many different techniques, to best suit individual needs of my clients. I enjoy using experiential techniques such as art, mindfulness, meditation, breathing techniques, and movement as I believe that addressing the mind and body connection is crucial in counseling. Although I borrow from multiple theories, my main theoretical approach is client-centered counseling.
To me, counseling is a collaborative and supportive relationship and I believe that healing comes from being heard, being cared for, accepted for who we are, and from practicing self-love and self-acceptance. This is what I will strive to help you to feel during our time together. I understand that counseling is not an easy process as it involves confronting our deepest thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I seek to aid you in your process of self-discovery and healing, keeping in mind that you are an expert on yourself. Through this process, I am hoping that I can help you gain additional insights into yourself that would allow you to come up with new ideas and perspectives on things that have been on your mind.
About Me: As a self-care enthusiast, I indulge in various self-care activities such as yoga, aerial arts, reading, watching Netflix, hanging out with my cat (Khaleesi) and my friends, going on nature walks, rollerblading, and taking on various DIY projects. I also love traveling!
More Info About My Practice
I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor, serving Illinois clients remotely. I have obtained my Master of Science of Education in School Counseling from Northern Illinois University. Throughout my time at my university, I have worked with adolescents, young adults, and adults of diverse backgrounds in different settings on a number of different issues, having worked the most with anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relational problems, and grief and loss. I am also certified in Trauma-Informed Counseling and as a Grief Group Facilitator. Having specialized in school counseling, I am well versed in academic, social, and collegecareer counseling. Prior to my master’s degree, I have obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and minored in art.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Including, but not limited to: Anxiety, Body Image Issues, Career Counseling, College Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Coping Skills, Depression, Codependency, Identity Development, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Relational Issues, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Esteem, Trauma, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Peer Relationships, Workplace Issues, Stress, Addiction, ADHD, Adoption, Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Suicidal Ideation, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Chronic Illness, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Diet and Nutrition, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Drug Abuse, Dual-Diagnosis, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Infidelity, Learning Disabilities, LGBTQIA+, Men's Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Racial Identity, Self-Harming, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Sports Performance, Substance Abuse, Teen Violence, Transgender, Traumatic Brain Injury