Areas of Expertise & Interest
Each individual, family or couple seeking counseling comes with their own unique set of circumstances, experiences, and challenges. I believe that building a strong and trusting relationship is the first step in the counseling process. This relationship allows for collaboration and personal growth with each client. Exploring difficult emotions and life situations can be challenging. My approach to treatment is engaging and active. I strive to help guide my clients to a better understanding of themselves, as well as build upon life skills, distress tolerance and coping skills.
I believe in utilizing many different treatment methods in order to meet the needs of my clients. We will work towards common goals by using tools from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. We will look at the obstacles and barriers that have prevented growth in the past and work towards turning them into opportunities for positive change.
Some common issues that I regularly work with are Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Aspergers Disorder, Life transitions/adjustments and Weight Loss. In addition, Adolescents and their families are a population that I have spent significant time helping in various settings. I enjoy the connections that can be formed with adolescents, as well as the challenge of working with their behavioral difficulties that can be seen in many settings. In working with adolescents, I believe that the involvement of the family system is the most efficient way to foster change.
Having been a college athlete I also have a passion for working with athletes that are experiencing stress or difficult emotions related to their sport of choice. Balancing athletics with personal and academic life can be a challenge. I enjoy helping other athletes find that balance and work on aspects of sports psychology.
In my free time I enjoy watching/playing sports, outdoor activities, travel and spending time with my family.
I received my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Psychological Services in 1997. I was a member and captain of the Northwestern University Women’s Basketball team. During this time I completed a Practicum at Peer Services, a outpatient substance abuse clinic. I then went on to complete my Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 1999. During the final year of my masters program I worked in the Student Services Center at Loyola University providing counseling and study skills services to the Loyola student community.
I then went on to work several years as a Youth Specialist at Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook. Youth Services is an outpatient community mental health agency serving the Glenview/Northbrook community. I provided individual, group and family therapy as well as case management to our clients. I was also involved with outreach and counseling services at the local high schools. This role also allowed me to provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate level interns.
Following my time at Youth Services, I worked for several years as a Youth & Family Counselor at the Learning House, a therapeutic day school in Wheeling, IL for 8th-12th grade students experiencing severe emotional and behavioral symptoms preventing them from being successful in their mainstream high schools. I also continued to provided supervision for undergraduate and masters level interns.
I have been in private practice since 2007