My Approach to Helping
I founded IntraSpectrum Counseling in 2009 in support of my vision of offering an integrative, strength-based approach to help clients develop their own authentic voices and pursue their unique paths to individual fulfillment. I am deeply devoted, professionally and personally, to the empowerment of disenfranchised groups. As such, I am highly attuned to the issues facing minorities and other victims of discrimination in our culture as well as the immense pressures to minimize diversity and difference to which they are subject.
My approach is warm, collaborative, insight-oriented and attuned to each client’s specific needs; my work is highly informed by psychodynamic, feminist, relational, humanist, attachment, and existential theories. Areas of specialization include LGBTQI-affirmative therapy, disordered eating and body image, gender identity, sexuality, relationships and intimacy, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma.
Prior to founding IntraSpectrum Counseling, I served from 2007-2009 as Intake and North Shore Eating Disorders Program Coordinator at Insight Psychological Centers. I spent my post-doc year as Staff Therapist and Coordinator of Eating Disorders services at YellowbricK, Inc. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2006) from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, following completion of my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center. As a doctoral candidate, I trained for three years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry, in the Outpatient Treatment Center. I received my B.A. in Psychology (2000) from Duke University.
I am honored to be recognized as an innovator and catalyst by Northwestern University’s Office of Global Marketing and Communications to mark the 150th year of coeducation at Northwestern.