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’m completing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University. 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.