In the Swedish language, smultronställe means “a place of wild strawberries.” This word is used to describe a place discovered; one that is cherished and returned to for comfort and relaxation, as it offers respite from sadness, stress, and other life hardships. As an individual who identifies with the Swedish culture, much of my personal and professional inspiration has been cultivated from this term, as I believe that each person deserves their own smultronställe.
I operate with the understanding that a strong and healthy relationship is built on a foundation of communication, respect, boundaries, trust, and support. As such, I believe a strong and healthy therapeutic alliance is best developed within an environment that embodies warmth, acceptance and allows clients to feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.
I view each client for who they are; an exceptional person who has an unparalleled life story that’s rich with unique experiences and personal identities. In considering that no two people are alike, I work collaboratively with clients to develop individualistic action plans and treatment plans that utilize evidence-based interventions and modalities of treatment, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
I received a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. My resume is colored with a wide range of experiences, having supported and treated diverse populations of individuals within a multitude of settings. I have worked with adults and youth in community mental health and inpatient treatment settings. As a post-graduate student, I obtained a Professional Educator License with an endorsement in social work, providing me the opportunity to support adolescents and their families within a secondary education setting. My history has afforded me extensively, clinical experience in providing support and treating individuals experiencing addiction, ADHD, adjustment, anger management, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, OCD, PTSD, school-related issues, suicidal ideation, and trauma.
It requires an incredible amount of vulnerability to engage in the therapeutic process. As such, I feel honored when a client allows me to assist them in their courageous journey of self-help. In return, it’s my passion and desire to support clients in achieving their goals; and if they’re in search, to help them to discover their own personal smultronställe.
Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay
ADD/ADHD Behavior Therapies • Addiction/Substance Abuse • Adolescent/Child Psychotherapy • Adult Psychotherapy • Alcoholism • Anger Management • Anxiety • DBT/CBT • Depression • Domestic Violence • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Phobias/Irrational Fears • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts
Education and training
- Loyola University Chicago, Master of Social Work