I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and have experience working with adolescents, college students, adults, and families providing outpatient individual and group therapy, crisis support, psychosocial educational support groups, and clinical services. I have worked extensively in both community mental health outpatient environments and residential treatment settings.
I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. I am a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Illinois and also belong to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I have experience and knowledge working with individuals experiencing and coping with the following: depression, anxiety, mood regulation and stabilization, ADHD, life transitions and adjustments, self-esteem concerns, relationship issues, trauma, and psychotic disorders.
By using a person centered and holistic approach to therapy, I will provide a warm, comfortable, and safe environment for clients to work toward their goals and needs. I believe a therapist’s role is that of a guide and teacher who provides support and helps to bring out the internal strengths of the clients they work for. Although I use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, being able to use the strengths and resources of a client is at the core of making positive outcomes and changes. Finally, during this important partnership I feel that being able to laugh and using a client’s creativity can also be used during the therapeutic healing process.
The therapeutic tools and approaches I use include the following: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, and Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy. I provide culturally sensitive and gender sensitive approaches, as well as an eclectic and strengths-based approach to therapy with individuals and families. I look forward to working with my clients every day and am grateful to share my passion and love for working as a therapist.