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"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear." -S. Collins
If you're here, you still have hope - that's the only thing greater than fear. I'm glad you've decided to reach out for help; from here, it can begin to get better. Counseling can reduce your symptoms of distress, improve relationships, and help you feel more in control of your situation and feelings. Instead of taking a deficit "something's wrong with you" view, my approach is to focus on building on the positives you already have going for you, and your situation. We'll use your strengths as a guide for helping you heal, gain insight, problem solve and create new, constructive, forward-moving behaviors and actions.
I offer counseling for individuals from children to adults (age 3 and up), couples, and families. Yes - I take insurance, both in and out of network. In addition to treating Anxiety and Depression, I specialize in helping clients with:
Services are available online and in person, with the exception of children under 6, families, and play-therapy.
- Personality Disorders or struggles
- Relationships and family issues.
- Polyamory / Open Relationships
- LGBTQIA- specific issues
- Self esteem
- Self harm
- Child Therapy
- Play therapy for children and adults.
- Feelings of Abandonment
- Gender and sexuality identity
- Sexual functioning
I understand that starting counseling can be intimidating!
If you’re new to counseling, you may not be sure what to expect or even what to say or where to start. Even if you’ve been in counseling before, starting with a new therapist can feel frustrating. However, just by being here, you've already taken the biggest step to improving your well being, and are on a voyage to transform your life or relationship. With me, you can expect active listening, empathy, and honest feedback in a setting that feels most comfortable to you and not the stereotypical canned or cold-feeling response.
Authentic, client-centered counseling is at the heart of the work I do.
With warmth and an unconditional positive regard, I create a safe environment in which to explore your stressors, emotions and goals. It's a place where couples and families can discuss their hurts, joys and needs openly, and without so much fear as going at it alone. Focusing on those strengths, talents and unrealized growth, you’ll create positive and proactive thoughts about yourself. Through mindful thinking and productive thoughts, you’ll form or improve upon healthier behaviors, to ultimately arrive at doing positive actions. Through this encouraging dynamic, counseling becomes a holistic, person centered process that allows for self-discovery, healing, and restoring your wellbeing.
I use a person-centered approach by providing authentic, client-centered counseling sessions. Partnered with evidence based treatment that incorporates the latest research, we’ll work to get your body, mind and spirit reconnected to each other again. I always tailor the approach and plan to your individual or your family/relationships needs.
Education and Qualifications
I am a licensed counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, and am a nationally certified counselor. I earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, and am a PhD candidate in Community Psychology. I have used my passion for helping others with clients across settings, such as: Traditional, in person private practice counseling and through the county health department, internet counseling, crisis and trauma therapy in emergency rooms, and in psychiatric hospitals. I also conduct research at DePaul University and National Louis University, speak at Psychology conferences and help communities across the globe on subjects of LGBTQIA-issues, Technology Addiction, and Transformational Learning.