I practice therapy because therapeutic relationships are a powerful tool for healing and growth. I believe the root of many mental health needs are grounded in systems that do not support and nurture the complexity and diversity of human needs. I became a social worker to work both to challenge systemic inequity and also to sustain impactful interpersonal connections where people feel seen and valued in order to elicit change at multiple levels. While being a therapist is my job, the relationships I create through my work are deeply meaningful to me.
I work with youth, adolescents, adults, and people in relationships (families, romantic partnerships, etc.). I have extensive training and experience working with people who have experienced trauma, loss, or chronic stress as well as those seeking to heal from relational or attachment injuries. I also support people around general life transitions, moral injury, work or school stress, self-esteem issues, and identity development. It is important to me to provide an affirming space for LGBTQIA+ folx and to be culturally responsive to all identities including those working to integrate anti-bias and anti-racist learnings into their sense of self.
Therapy with me is a highly collaborative process and because everybody’s needs and goals are different, I do not have one standard approach. I always show up with empathy, without judgement, and do my best to truly know, affirm, and support every person I meet. I believe that our experiences, relationships, and environments shape our thought processes and reactions so I bring that context to help elicit understanding and change. While the process will be largely driven by the client, it is my ultimate goal to help others gain security in their understanding of themselves and their inherent worth.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
I am trained in Trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Introduction to Theraplay