My Approach to Helping
If you have felt like you don't know who you are anymore, you are not alone. Sometimes we lose track of our true selves as we meet the needs of others. Perhaps you have raised a family and wonder "now what" or feel a general lack of connection with those you love including yourself. Or you may have an overall sense that something is not right in your life.
Therapy is a unique relationship in which a special kind of conversation takes place. Self-awareness is the first goal, which can lead to small changes and ultimately major growth. Working with a therapist who is a compassionate, nonjudgmental listener but who also offers insight, ideas and an ability to refocus in a safe space can help.
You are worth the extra care that a calm, accepting therapeutic relationship represents. I understand that just making the call to a therapist can be overwhelming and that you may have many questions about how this works. I will do my best to address your very important questions in our first telephone call. My clients find me to be dedicated, creative, flexible and curious. Let's speak and see if I can help you.
More Info About My Practice
I am in network with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, Aetna, Magellan and Cigna Behavioral Health.
My office is located at the southwest corner of Wolf Rd. and Cermak Rd. in Westchester in Tower One of the Westbrook Corporate Center. The Suite 300 sign reads "HQ, a Division of the Regus Group." Renting from Regus (a global workplace) offers my clients an extra layer of confidentiality because it is not strictly a psychotherapy practice. There are a variety of types of professionals working in the suite and you may feel more comfortable that it is not obvious to others that you are seeing a therapist.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
After several years in the insurance industry, I took some time off to raise my children. As I contemplated returning to work, I thought about a career change. It occurred to me that I was good at listening to coworkers' problems and offering support and advice, especially relationship problems. I obtained my Master's of Science in Marital and Family Therapy degree from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in 1998.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Therapy can seem vague and even scary to people who have never seen a therapist. It may seem unlikely that talking can help, especially when avoiding or ignoring problems seems to have worked in the past. My first goal is to provide information about what you can expect in our work together to help you feel comfortable with the process. This can often be accomplished in our first telephone conversation.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
My clients can expect to be treated with dignity and respect. The judgment they have often felt stops here as we work together to find solutions. Our therapeutic relationship will give you the space to explore so that you can discover the answers you hold inside.