Focus: Individual therapy with adolescents and young adults, Eating Disorders, Body Image, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Self-Harm, Substance Misuse, and Life Transitions
Life can be incredibly complex and overwhelming, full of twists and turns we often do not expect. As both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a human being, I have witnessed how receiving professional therapeutic support can guide individuals towards finding a sense of safety and comfort within themselves in a world of ever-shifting dynamics that can distract from or exacerbate the challenges we experience internally.
As a therapist, I place emphasis on humor, authenticity, empathy, and patience to create a safe space for my clients to begin exploring both internal and external experiences that contribute to feelings of distress, loneliness, and uncertainty in life. Utilizing mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, I work with individuals to re-instill and preserve individual autonomy. I have found that these practices aid my clients in recognizing the inherent power to create positive changes in one’s life. I view the client-therapist relationship as a collaborative partnership with emphasis placed upon tailoring treatment plans to align with client values. I firmly believe that when provided with access to mental health education, positive skills-based training, and a supportive therapeutic environment, all individuals have the capacity to flourish.
I completed both my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in social work with specializations in clinical mental health and substance misuse treatment at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor by the Illinois Certification Board, and completed my graduate-level clinical internship with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Chicago. In addition, I have experience treating eating disorders and associated mood and anxiety disorders at the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care. I look forward to working with you to create a comfortable space where you feel safe to explore the hard parts of life.