My approach as a therapist stems from my belief that clients are the experts on their lives. Each individual brings their own unique experiences, perspectives, and beliefs into the room. My role is to walk alongside each client by offering support and knowledge to reach the goals we create together. I trust that the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect to change. Therefore, I prioritize building rapport and trust with each client through empathy, acceptance, and transparency.
The above rings especially true when working with children. Being someone that struggling young people can depend on is the reason I became a therapist. I pride myself on meeting each child where they are at by allowing them to feel heard and understood. I love working closely with families and ensuring that parents also feel supported throughout the therapeutic process.
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them” – Magic Johnson
Who I Serve
I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults. I work with a variety of internalizing issues including anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. I am especially passionate about working with girls and young women to foster their self-worth. I have years of experience working with children and enjoy being someone that young people can depend on. While working with families, I believe it is just as important to support parents/guardians by working towards goals we create together.
Specialty Treatment Areas
- Emotional regulation
Additional Treatment Areas
- Emerging adulthood
- Domestic violence and teen dating violence
- Parenting support
I practice an eclectic approach. I believe in meeting my clients where they are to determine which theoretical approach will support them best. My foundation as a therapist stems from Person-Centered Therapy, which comes from a place of remaining non-judgemental and showing complete support and acceptance. A few of the research-based approaches I utilize include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Strengths-Based Therapy, play therapy, and art therapy.
- Private pay
- BCBS PPO
- Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois
- Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Northern Illinois University
- Bachelor’s in Psychology - Illinois State University
- Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP)
- American Counseling Association
- Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling