Every person has a story that needs to be heard, yet too often these stories are never told because of the shame, fear, or grief the person feels. That is why I strive to create trust and safety with each of my clients as they take the risk to pursue healing and growth in their lives. I consider the stories clients share with me to be a precious gift that I must steward well. Together, we will work to loosen the hold that shame and fear have had in their lives and prepare them to walk in greater freedom.
Who I Serve:
I work with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. I have a heart for helping people come out of relational hiding patterns to experience greater safety and trust. Relationships touch every aspect of our lives and are powerful to either destroy or restore. This is particularly evident in families and marriages. I consider it a privilege to walk with them to develop stronger relational bonds in which each member can feel understood, cared for, and appreciated.
I also love to work with those who are navigating multiple cultures and struggling to handle all of the transitions and losses involved. This can be particularly confusing and difficult for children and adolescents as they are developing their peer groups and beginning to form an identity. I seek to build on the individual’s strengths that he or she brings to assist them in moving forward.
- Grief and loss
- Relational boundaries
- Emotional regulation
- Intercultural or life transitions
- Faith-based concerns
My first priority with clients is to develop a secure client-counselor alliance from which we can do further work. Early on in the process, I attend to clients’ motivation level, values, and ambivalence to help clients clarify their goals for therapy and increase their readiness for change. Because of the uniqueness of each person and their experiences, I seek to tailor my approach with evidence-based treatment to fit their needs. I am a strong proponent of attachment theory which attends to our innate need for connection. So when working with couples, I primarily draw on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to strengthen their bond with each other. I am also happy to explore clients’ struggles with them from a faith perspective when desired.
- MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL
- BA in Psychology from Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN
- American Counseling Association
- Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Illinois
- International Association of Trauma Professionals