I am a licensed Psychotherapist specializing in treating a variety of issues facing adults, both individually and within the context of interpersonal relationships. I believe in setting goals in therapy, assessing progress regularly, and adjusting strategies when necessary. Helping my clients feel heard and understood while also encouraging them to mindfully reach their best potential is integral to my approach. In addition to maintaining my private practice in Schaumburg, IL, I also spent 5 years on staff at the Center for Addiction Medicine at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, one of the premier behavioral health hospitals in the state of Illinois. I have spoken to our community presenting Family Night Lectures on the topics of Addiction Disease Management and Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) and Assertive Communication in the Family. I also have lectured on the topics of: Family Roles in Recovery, Cross-Addiction, Stress Management, Boundaries, Managing Shame and Guilt, and Forgiveness .
I have experience working with individuals, couples and families, and as a graduate of Loyola University specializing in Clinical Social Work, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. I have a Master of Social Work with an additional specialization of over 500 trained hours, and 3 additional Masters level classes, in addiction counseling. This has led to me being awarded my CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) license in the state of Illinois. I also have over 1200 trained hours working in addiction, mood management and grief and bereavement counseling. Additionally, I have a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University in Communication Management. I enjoy interweaving assertive communication training into my therapy services. I have additionally completed training at Coach University and have an extensive background in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. Among my areas of expertise are managing mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, treatment for addiction and addictive behaviors, grief counseling, career counseling and managing medical stress. I am also a fully trained EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) practitioner and enjoy exploring neuroscience based approaches to therapy. I am a mindfulness practitioner and often educate my clients about mindfulness tools for emotional wellness. I have been trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) strategies for therapy.
I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and direct feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic coupled with specialty in CBT and ACT therapies. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Education - Loyola University (MSW), Northwestern University (MS), Indiana University (BA)
Licenses - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Illinois
Professional Memberships - National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Illinois Association of Social Workers