Seeking help is a sign of strength. Therapy can lead to new insights, better relationships, and a more fulfilling and happy life. Our world is more complex, fast paced, and demanding then ever before. This can make feeling content, having a happy family, or raising healthy children a challenging and confusing task. I can help you makes sense of your journey, help you find ways to improve your relationships and walk with you as you take the needed steps to change and improve your life.
I am an empathetic and understanding therapist. I listen to my clients and focus on their strengths and desired outcomes. I utilize an eclectic blend of practices to facilitate successful outcomes for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with a range of difficulties. My warm, non-judgmental, engaging style enables me to gain therapeutic rapport and begin the healing process. This is especially important when working with children and adolescents, but applies to adults, as well. I have helped many individuals overcome trauma, as well as, improve levels of functioning. I have helped parents improve their ability to manage difficult behavior and improve family relationships. I have helped adults find their strengths, overcome losses and difficult pasts, and improve their relationships.
I have been practicing for 18 years. My clinical experience and training was obtained at Loyola University Chicago. I received a Master's degree in Clinical and School Social Work. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a Master's degree in Education. I served as a research and teaching assistant for the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Purdue University. My training includes serving in a community mental health center working with adults, couples and children. I gained experience with foster care families, families with chronically ill children or who have lost children, and with teens using substances. I have served in therapeutic, public and alternative schools for emotional and behavioral disordered children and teens. My special interests include working with children and families with a range of issues including trauma, abuse, ADHD, executive functioning deficits, adjustment to loss and divorce, as well as, behavior and emotional difficulties. I utilize play and art approaches to engage teens and children, as well as, traditional talk therapy. For all clients, I utilize humanistic, and strengths-based approaches and cognitive behavioral therapy. I provide trauma specific treatments of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
I received the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Award by the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (Calumet). I have been active in my community raising awareness about the affect of environmental pollution on children's health. My environmental advocacy work is profiled in a book entitled, "Taking Action, Saving Lives" by Notre Dame Professor, Dr. Kristin Shrader-Frechette. My beloved daughter, Emily, is on the cover of this book who suffered from a rare brain and spinal cord cancer and passed away in 1998.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four children. I like to read, exercise, cook, decorate and garden in my spare time. Thank you for visiting my website, and I look forward to talking with you!
Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling for Adults, Teens, and Children.
Family and Couples Therapy.
Behavior Management Training for Children.
My mission is to heal hearts, facilitate growth and self-discovery, and help you make the changes you desire for more satisfying relationships and a fulfilling life.