At Next Step Counseling, I work with a variety of clients, making a positive impact in their lives. Clients that I work exceptionally well with are those struggling with life decisions, identity, self-expression, depression, anxiety, trauma and grief. Additionally, I’m passionate about working with the LGBTQ community, women-identified clients, and those impacted by social injustice. It’s important to me to incorporate a culturally-informed approach that takes into consideration your unique cultural background, beliefs, and history.
I believe that counseling is an opportunity for self-growth, vulnerability, exploration and resolution. This process can be incredibly rewarding. I seek to make this process as safe and enhancing as possible by providing an open and accepting environment. While providing this safe space lacking judgment, I hope that clients will have the opportunity to take a deeper look into their life experience and explore their values and goals.
I aim for my clients to feel heard, understood, and validated. My client’s describe me as a warm and genuine person where they feel connected and seen. I believe the counseling process supports building genuine and healthy relationships with oneself as well as with those around you in your life. In my work, I support client’s in exploring emotions, while also looking beyond unhelpful thoughts as well as finding core desires, meaning and resolution. I find that unhelpful thoughts can make people feel stuck, and by detaching from these thoughts, a freedom can be experienced. I combine Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to provide a balance that allows clients to explore current beliefs while working toward self-acceptance and setting value-informed goals. Additionally, I have experience in crisis counseling, which has her to aid individuals in their most vulnerable state. Lastly, I’m excellent at helping clients recognize their resiliency and discover solutions.
I completed my masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University and passed my professional counseling licensing exam. In my free time, I enjoy reading Young Adult fiction, gardening, baking cookies, and watching anime. I also enjoy taking care of my pets, which include many fish, and a shih-tzu named Cocoa.