Areas of Expertise & Interest
I am an experienced and compassionate therapist who believes in providing a safe and consistent relationship to explore feelings and develop coping strategies. I embrace an empathic, supportive, and direct approach to treatment. With experience and training in several modalities of therapy, I provide a safe environment that is designed to help meet clients where they are on their journey and build on their strengths. I work with clients towards developing more empowering coping and communication strategies both individually and within relationships. I believe that therapy is a unique partnership that focuses on your goals. My ability to engage individuals in the change process through talk, art, and play therapies contribute to working out long-term solutions.
I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Some common issues that I regularly help with are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Depression, Coping with Divorce, Grief and Loss, Anger Management, Trauma, Anxiety, and Family Conflict. I use several empirically-based treatment modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Psychodynamic Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy to best meet the needs of each client. I often work with children and adolescents who are experiencing stress related to school, grief issues, coping with divorce, and anger issues. I also strongly believe in working with families collaboratively to cultivate change and growth. In addition, I partner with school-based personnel and other mental health providers to better support my clients.
In my free time, I enjoy running, traveling, movies, and spending time with my family and friends.
I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduation, I worked at a residential behavioral treatment center in the northern suburbs of Chicago. I provided therapeutic services for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues. During this time, I also had the role of an individual therapist for residents at the center.
While working at the residential treatment center, I pursued a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago (Jane Addams College of Social Work) with a concentration in Mental Health. During graduate school, I completed internships at a child welfare agency and the University of Illinois Medical Center working in both inpatient and outpatient units.
After graduating from Jane Addams, I began working at a child welfare agency in the Chicago area as a Child Welfare Therapist. I provided individual and family therapy to both foster care and adoptive clients within a child welfare setting. The treatment focus with this population often centered around attachment, trauma, grief, separation, and loss issues. During this time, I also co-created and developed curriculum for parenting classes that helped parents gain a better understanding of development, attachment and trauma issues.
After working as a clinician for over six years at the child welfare agency, I began working at a community mental health agency as a clinician for ten years. I provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults experiencing a wide variety of challenges. I co-facilitated a B.O.Y.S. (Building On Your Strengths) group that helped clients on the Autism Spectrum develop social skills, peer interactions, and anger management skills. I also co-facilitated a therapeutic summer camp program for children ages 8-12 which helped them develop problem-solving skills, social skills and peer interactions.
I received my License in Social Work in 2001 and became clinically licensed (LCSW) in 2004. I have participated in numerous trainings and professional development workshops related to Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma, divorce, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, grief and loss, mood disorders, and anger management. I have been a member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers since 2000.
I joined Glenview Counseling Group in October 2014. I enjoy offering comprehensive services to clients of all ages with a focus on trauma, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anger issues, depression, anxiety, divorce, and family conflict.