Feeling disconnected? Frustrated? Lost? My hope for you is to have more moments of satisfaction and connection in your life. You may be having a difficult time with effective communication, managing reactions to challenging relationships, recovering from traumatic experiences, and/or coping with loss or change. As you face these difficult situations and try to change your approach, it is important to practice self-compassion and acceptance. It is hard work to change habits, but you do not have to face these challenges on your own. As your therapist, I will provide guidance and support in skill-building, modifying ineffective habits, and practicing compassion and acceptance along the way.
Together we will set clear and achievable goals for our work together. With acknowledgment of past and present experiences, I will guide you through using your natural strengths, supports, and new skills in managing symptoms of doubt and indecision, and celebrating growth and acceptance.
I am a board-certified and licensed professional counselor. I have extensive professional experience with marriage and family life, dating and attachment, parent-child relationships, work/school satisfaction, belonging and sense of community, and chronic stress management. Common goals among my clients have included: managing anxiety (social, performance, romantic) and depression, effective communication, trusting others, building emotional intelligence, improving sex life, and utilizing mindfulness and somatic-based skills.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Iowa, where I focused on neurobiology, clinical psychology, and human development, from a trauma-informed orientation. Specifically, I am interested in how trauma impacts our brain development, the relationships we form, our decision-making, and even our day-to-day wellbeing.
I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University. I completed specialized training in relational trauma, focusing on development, cultural implications, gender and sexuality, and connection to our somatic experiences. For those seeking to deepen their sense of self and others through an extended therapeutic-relationship, I also have educational and clinical experience with psychodynamic therapy.
Recently, I volunteered with Career Transition Center of Chicago where I supported clients in pursuing satisfying and meaningful careers. Additionally, I earned a certificate as a domestic violence (DV) advocate with Pillars Community Health care. In this role, I supported victims of DV through education, empowerment, and inspiration.
Clinical Specialties and Training:
Anxiety and Depression
Cultural considerations in therapy
Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
Neurobiology and emotional intelligence
Somatic awareness and interventions
Trauma-Relational and Situational
Women’s identity and social/cultural pressures
I offer the following evidence-based approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
Mindfulness-based stress reduction
I am currently training to become an HSP (Highly Sensitive Persons) Therapist, in addition to integrating brain-based interventions into my practice.
I look forward to partnering with you in pursuing your best, most authentic life.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
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