Areas of Expertise & Interest
It takes courage and curiosity to begin the therapy process and I admire those who are able to do so. I believe that the psychotherapy process is greatly influenced by the therapeutic relationship. I work to collaboratively create a therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding.
I use warmth, compassion, and at times humor, to deliver direct feedback. My approach is collaborative. Together, we explore the constraints that may be keeping one from their goals as well as identifying one's strengths. I come from an integrative perspective as I recognize that every individual, and relationship is unique. In my systemic training, regardless if I'm meeting with an individual or family, I tend to think about clients in the context of their relationships.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing a wide range of issues. Areas of expertise include parent-child relationships, adolescents with behavior and/or emotional issues, pre-marital assessment, trauma, anger, self-esteem, stage of life issues, loss, depression and anxiety.
The couple relationship is one aspect of life that I believe we as a society, rarely talk about openly. I work to create a warm, open, collaborative environment to assist couples on their journey at all stages of life. These stages may include premarital, parenting, "empty-nest," divorce and/ or blended family. Some common issues I regularly help with are communication, intimacy, family of origin, parenting, infidelity and/ or divorce contemplation.
In my spare time I enjoy cycling, running, reading and spending time with family and friends.
I earned my Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006 from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. During my time at the Family Institute, I received extensive clinical training in their Bette D. Harris Clinic along with several community programs.
Following graduation, I worked in private practice and then joined The Learning House, as a staff therapist in the therapeutic day school. Through these experiences, I was able to hone my skills as an integrative family therapist utilizing a systems perspective while working with individuals, couples and families.
Prior to joining Glenview Counseling Group in 2013, I worked at a faith-based private practice in Naperville, Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center. There I continued to work with individuals, couples and families while integrating faith and spirituality. I also facilitated premarital workshops and became a trained facilitator in the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment.
I am a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently in the process of training as a AAMFT Approved Supervisor.