Serving people in their pursuit of fulfillment and liberation is my sincere passion. I see every single one of my clients as an individual with many intersectional identities and unique experiences. I believe that the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist embodies restorative qualities in and of itself.
With hope and unconditional self-love, I believe that this therapeutic connection and space is transformative. To be in a space where one feels heard, seen, validated is truly a remarkable experience. I feel that human connection- therapy- is one of an art form; that which is vulnerable, warm, and nurturing. One of my fundamental values while doing this work is to create a safe space and create a mirror where individuals are invited to reflect upon the parts of themselves that create their personal narrative and allow for the ability to rewrite their story- to rewrite their future.
As a Certified Domestic Violence Professional and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I have worked in the field within a number of settings over the course of my academic and professional career, including: substance use and gambling addiction recovery program, Cook County Department of Corrections, youth in care residential treatment facility and group home, domestic and sexual violence shelter and counseling center, and community mental health organization based out of local police departments and the courthouse.
I continue to base my work in humanistic ideals focusing on the client being the expert on themselves while providing unconditional positive regard as he/she/they engage in their search for meaning and healing. Throughout this healing process, I also utilize my commitment to including holistic, expressive, and somatic methods, while approaching this work with a trauma-informed perspective in order to regain safety within the body and mind. I will incorporate mindfulness, meditation, breath work, writing and art, and movement in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Further, while gaining skills to strengthen the mind-body connection and incorporate self-care into daily life, I assist individuals in ‘connecting the dots’ of their experiences in order to better understand the ‘pieces of the puzzle’ thereby integrating psychodynamic ideologies to the therapeutic process. I do this while employing the framework of several therapeutic approaches, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. While engaging in this work, I find it imperative to not only focus on the pain that one may experience but also their light, strength, and capability for unlearning unconscious and/or toxic messages of love and relationships with self and others from their painful experiences of the past.
Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay • Humana • Aetna • Cigna • United • Tricare
Addiction/Substance Abuse • Adjustment Disorder • Anger Management • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Daytime Sleepiness • DBT/CBT • Depression • Domestic Violence • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • Life Coaching • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Mood Disorders • Occupational Difficulties • Personality Disorder • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts
Education and training
- University of Illinois- Chicago, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology, Law, and Justice
- Adler University, Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Forensic Psychology
- National Board of Certified Counselors