Making the transition from the business side of psychology to the therapy side was born of a desire to connect directly with people’s stories one on one. My connection to therapy began long before my actual training as I have always been deeply involved with listening to the stories of others with compassion and curiosity.
Having my clients feel heard and seen motivates me every day. Therapy is a chance to put yourself, your relationship, or your family first. It is a safe space to be heard, to feel seen, and to create new meaning out of your life that leads to growth and/or understanding.
Therapy, to me, will always be a form of self-care. I have found a deep sense of peace in my own personal therapeutic work and I want to help my clients make sense of and make peace with their own stories. This can include work on shame reduction, recognition of the influences of larger systems and their impact on the client’s life, and development of a holistic mind-body connection.
I work with individuals, couples and families struggling with anxiety, depression and other life changes and adjustments. I also enjoy working with couples to navigate all phases of life, which may or may not include marriage, divorce, parenthood, communication struggles, division of labor, and issues with sexual intimacy.
Other areas of expertise include working with women in all areas of perinatal mental health and all stages of their motherhood journey. I am also a body and sex positive therapist who enjoys incorporating mindfulness exercises and techniques into my therapeutic sessions.
Additionally, I feel a deep calling to help those who are preparing for their end-of-life phase through compassionate end of life planning and encouragement in seeking self-acceptance at the end.
I will meet clients where they are to address the issues and life stressors that are getting in their way. As someone who leads with curiosity, while attuning myself to the energies of those around me, I will provide a safe space for compassionate listening and co-collaboration of meaning within my clients.
My goal as a therapist is to work collaboratively with my clients to help you understand, make sense of, and make peace with their own story. As a systemic therapist, I believe it is crucial to understand the relationships to people and larger systems that impact each client’s world. I hope to empower all my clients to walk away from therapy with the knowledge that they are the experts in their own lives, and I am here to help tap into that knowledge and use it for growth.
I completed my B.S. in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago
I am certified in Level I and II of Gottman Method Couples Clinical Training
I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and a student member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
Outside of my clinical work, I can be found in the kitchen trying to master the perfectly flaky pie crust, or outside on a long nature walk with my two young daughters.