My Approach to Helping
I feel that the relationship that I have with a client is the most important aspect of counseling. With a safe and trusting environment, my clients and I can collaboratively work through their specific needs together. I believe clients should feel as though they have power in counseling, in their decision-making and in their lives. I believe open and honest communication about ones' difficulties and the counseling process is key to success. I hope to create a brave space where clients can be vulnerable, try new things and speak openly in a position where they feel accepted rather than judged. Counseling can be uncomfortable, and it can also be fun and rewarding. I find it important to bring humor to counseling in addition to the hard work that occurs at each session.
While I use different approaches and techniques with each client; a strengths-based approach is central to my work. Everyone seeking treatment does so with strengths that continue to bring success throughout the journey. The first of these strengths is making an appointment and seeking the change for which they are ready. These strengths are often the driving force behind successes in treatment, help to build courage and tap into other strengths and assets.
I have experience with and enjoy working with a range of clients both in terms of ages and reasons for seeking treatment. I find the counseling process an adventure and this is true for children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Forming a relationship and becoming a piece of someone’s life is an honor and i strive to work just as hard as my clients throughout this process.
I use an eclectic orientation including aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based, Person-Centered, Expressive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and others. This is important because each individual is different, and I do not believe that one orientation can encompass the entirety of a person. What works for one person will not work equally for another. Clients are willing to be open and flexible with me, and I owe the same to them.
I graduated from Adler University with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a CACREP accredited program. I also received domestic violence training through the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Prevention Board. I have experience working in a variety of settings including Inpatient, Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Partial Hospitalization (PHP), and forensic locations. I have experience with group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy.