My Approach to Helping
People seek therapy for many reasons. A key factor in your recovery is your relationship with your therapist. I provide a supportive, safe, judgment-free space to explore your needs. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. We collaborate to nurture meaningful changes in your life. My experience includes work with couples, individuals, families, and groups.
I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate and Registered Dual Disorder Professional (RDDP).
I have extensive experience helping clients with both mental health and addiction. I graduated from Georgetown College with a bachelor's degree in business administration, then completed a master of social work at Loyola University Chicago.
I draw upon psychodynamic theory, using a strengths-based and solution-focused approach. I use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to examine and challenge problematic thoughts and develop alternative approaches. I use mindfulness, and have training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). I also understand that not all styles work for every client, so I help you find that which works best for you.
I am the owner of New Hope Recovery Center, which is located in Lincoln Park. I'm the president and clinical director, and my private practice is also located in Lincoln Square. I have held positions at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, The Center on Halstead, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and New Hope Recovery Center.
More Info About My Practice
My specialties include addiction, interventions, LGBTQI issues, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, self-injury (such as picking, burning, cutting, and hair-pulling), depression, social issues, mood disorders, personality disorders (borderline, antisocial, narcissistic, etc.), OCD, trauma, bullying, domestic abuse and violence, loss and grief, self-esteem, and hoarding.
I offer convenient appointments, including on weekends and in the evening. Full price is $120 for a 45-60 minute session, but I offer a limited number of sliding-scale slots based on financial need. We can discuss these options at your first appointment.
I offer in-person and Skype therapy for those who cannot meet face to face. I accept check, cash, and all major credit cards, and am an in-network provider for Cigna, Aetna, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I work with other insurance companies, but bill as an out-of-network provider.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have primarily focused on addiction and mental health issues in the LGBT community. I feel particularly adept with this community and issues as I have focused my training and education towards these dynamics and being a member of the community spurs my interest to help them achieve best possible outcomes.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The most important factor in choosing a therapist is the alliance between the therapist and the client. I work very hard at establishing trust, open communication and respect with my clients. I recognize that therapy is a sacred process and that an individual is entrusting me with the deepest parts of their and I never want to betray the client's trust in any way.