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Personal Statement

I understand that individuals and families reach out for support and answers when they are hard pressed for solutions. Unexpected challenges can surface during life transitions, raising our children, and caring for our families. However, seeking help is a courageous step towards taking action to make things easier for yourself and family to thrive. I provide support and empower the best in every client. I work alongside you to identify your needs and goals. You can expect me to listen to you non-judgmentally, while giving you concrete skills and tools to implement a wide variety of techniques and resources that will be beneficial to you and your family.

Who I Serve

Children ages 5-11 years old
Teenagers 12-18 years old
Young Adults- College age
Adults

Specialty Treatment Areas

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Gifted, Twice Exceptional, and those with learning disabilities

Additional Treatment Areas

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral problems
  • Body image and belonging
  • Bullying and peer conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Highly sensitive child and adult
  • Parenting skills
  • Play Therapy
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • School refusal and anxiety
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Social skills development

Theoretical Approach

My approach to treatment focuses on using play to help children communicate their difficulties and their desires. Because this therapy utilizes toys and play (a child’s natural medium of expression), children can express their feelings more easily than through words. Play therapy is recognized as an effective method for treating children’s emotional and behavioral struggles.

I also use cognitive and expressive therapies, such as role playing, sand tray, and art. These therapies work well with older children and teens. The child takes the lead in this process, and I facilitate the creation of a new narrative in their therapeutic work.

My treatment approach with teens, young adults, and adults is also strength based, utilizing a collaborative cognitive systems approach. This approach is based on understanding all the parts of one self, which includes feelings, negative beliefs, internal conflicts, and protective behaviors. Our collaborative therapeutic work will move you towards understanding yourself through cognitive problem solving, mindfulness and coping skills.

Education/Certifications

  • Licensed Social Worker in the state of Illinois
  • Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Master of Science, Gerontology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional
  • Certified Grief Counseling Specialist
  • Certified Mindfulness-Informed Clinician Level 1

Affiliations/Memberships

  • National Association of Social Work (NASW)
  • Association of Play Therapy
  • Illinois Association of Play Therapy

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