Throughout periods of life, we often find ourselves feeling lost, overwhelmed, or as if we are repeating the same cycles over and over again. Sometimes we don’t feel comfortable in our own bodies or we feel incapable of carrying complex, mixed, and sometimes conflicting emotions. I personally understand these cycles and the power of guided discovery, growth and healing. By using a direct evidenced-based approach, I help my clients find meaning again, break free from destructive cycles, and live their very own unique and authentic lives. My sessions are engaging, collaborative, supportive, and can even be fun! Clients can expect to be heard and challenged in my process of facilitating personal discovery, growth and lasting change.
I utilize a direct but compassionate eclectic approach to therapy. By incorporating aspects from internal family systems, cognitive behavior therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy, I can help you better understand your inner-self in order to facilitate permanent healing. I focus on the therapeutic alliance, creating a safe and supportive space for you to challenge yourself. I will help you notice, understand, honor and nurture your emotions. I understand that the client is the expert in their own life and will help you discover your path to inner-healing.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, I love my city and I am proud to serve its people. I also enjoy playing video games (team Playstation!), saying hello to dogs, visiting museums and live music.
I am a Licensed Social Worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents and young adults. I earned my BA in Psychology from DePaul University and my MSW from the University of South Carolina, along with a Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies. I have worked in various settings, including residential rehabilitation, adolescent acute psychiatric inpatient and community mental health. My diverse clinical experience assists clients in addressing many concerns, such as depression, anxiety and panic, eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and self-harm, life transitions, unresolved trauma and more.
Blue Cross Blue Shield • Humana • Self pay • Aetna • Medicare • United
ADD/ADHD Behavior Therapies • Addiction/Substance Abuse • Adjustment Disorder • Adolescent/Child Psychotherapy • Adult Psychotherapy • Anorexia Nervosa • Anxiety • Borderline Personality Disorder • Bulimia • Child Psychotherapy • DBT/CBT • Depression • Eating Disorder • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mood Disorders • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts
Education and training
- DePaul University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- University of South Carolina , Master of Social Work
Honors and awards
- University of South Carolina HERO Award;
- Exploratory Factor Analysis: Clutter Quality of Life Scale. Beatrice Pacyga, Rachael Suffrin, Juline Girts, Bianca Gambino, Dr. Joseph R. Ferrari, DePaul University, Chicago, IL & Catherine Roster, University of New Mexico at ICD Conference 2014, Nashville, TN.