I firmly believe in the ability to make a positive change in ones' life with the appropriate support. Life is hard! Without a doubt, we all face challenges in different realms of our daily interactions, such as our relationships with families, friends, school or at work. While these events and changes are inevitable, sometimes it can leave us feeling hopeless, helpless, and lost. I strive toward creating a collaborative, supportive, and therapeutic relationship with a focus on identifying effective ways to manage life stressors.
"Balance and Purpose comfort the soul", a mantra that has carried me through many situations, reminds me of the importance of caring for self and others. Together, we will work together to identify healthy and positive paths to cope with mishaps.
Reflection on alternative ways to respond to new challenges is imperative to emotional growth. I would consider my approach to be holistic and integrative as I genuinely believe in tailoring a therapeutic approach to match the needs of the client.
I enjoy working with people of all ages, especially families who are together through adoption, people experiencing multicultural or systemic issues, people working through gender identity development, and children with mood related disorders or behavioral issues.
Applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play Therapy, my goal is to create a safe and empathetic environment to foster hope and healing. I provide an accepting, culturally sensitive, and non-judgment environment so you can express your inner thoughts and experiences freely. I appropriately use humor in sessions to remind us of the importance of human connection and the effects of the gift of laughter.
I'm a big family person, my family is my everything, and I believe that working with families is paramount in helping people reach their goals. I work primarily with children, adolescents, young adults, and families struggling with anxiety and depression. I grew up in the Western Suburb of Chicago and can understand the unique challenges that young people struggle with in their daily lives. I'm genuine and compassionate and have an easy time connecting with diverse groups.
I have a Master's Degree in Counseling and I am currently completing my Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Adler University. I have experience working with diverse populations, in various settings to include, residential facilities, in-patient hospitalizations settings, partial hospitalization day programs, and community mental health centers providing individual and family therapy and psychological assessments.