Therapy is meant to be a completely individual experience, and I treat it as such, with deep compassion, non-judgement, and empathic attunement.
I want to provide support and encouragement for each of my clients, and it’s my goal to offer them practical resources that they can put into practice immediately in their lives. I use both modern approaches and tried and true methods to fit each client’s individual needs with understanding, no matter who they are, or their particular walk of life.
Everyone can achieve more personal growth and strength, and it’s an honor to work on that together.
So, who am I?
I am a licensed professional counselor and completed my doctoral training in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My doctoral dissertation explored the relationship between employee burnout, inpatient psychiatry, and trauma-informed care. My previous research examined the developmental impact of stress/trauma on the evolving brain as well as how the rewiring of neural networks can regulate the brain’s sensitized and dysregulated stress response system through evidence-based psychotherapy.
I have committed to depth and breadth throughout my clinical experiences, working in a variety of mental health settings (e.g., outpatient clinics, hospitals, VAs, residential, corrections, community mental health, teletherapy platforms, and now private practice) with diverse populations (e.g., ethnic and racial minorities, sexual minorities [LGBT+], marginalized communities with significant health disparities, individuals in rural communities with difficulties accessing mental health care, and individuals across the lifespan), all of which have afforded me the opportunity to treat individuals with a wide-range of acute and chronic mental health concerns.
Beyond this work, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, playing with my cat and dogs, watching a good show, and reading a good book.
I work well with…adult individuals and couples committed to their growth and healing. The kind of people who are engaged, motivated, and actively involved in the therapy experience. Typically, my clients are interested in increasing insight and self-awareness of their problems, exploring their psychosocial patterns, developing more adaptive coping strategies, and processing the cognitive and emotional aspects of their experiences while mindfully engaging in behaviors that align with their values and goals. These are usually the kind of people who are exhausted with suffering and recognize there must be a better way.
My clinical focus primarily consists of working with adult individuals or couples experiencing post-traumatic stress, anxiety and/or depression, relationship difficulties, work burnout, grief and loss, anger mis-management, major life transitions with adjustment problems, and identity development issues intersected with culture, age, ethnicity/race, gender/sexuality, and physical/mental health conditions.
What I’m like as a therapist:
I believe the foundation of a helping relationship lies in fostering a safe space in which a person can show up as they are and reveal their vulnerabilities in the presence of a therapist who holds them in positive regard, while highlighting their strengths and exploring together areas of growth. Within this therapeutic space, I work collaboratively with individuals and witness their transformative self-healing as they learn to tap into reservoirs of inner strength, courage, and self-care. In addition, I understand we are multi-faceted beings and therefore like to emphasize the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual (if desired) and experiential aspects of an individual’s multidimensional identity as a way to honor and explore the whole person.
While my clinical experiences have been deeply rooted in cognitive-behavioral approaches (e.g., CBT, ACT, and DBT), I have also utilized EMDR, Internal Family Systems, motivational interviewing, solution focused brief therapy, and psychodynamic interventions. I recognize flexibility in therapeutic work is critical to the wellbeing of the clients I work with, and I tend to gravitate towards a relational, insight-oriented, emotionally focused, integrative therapeutic approach depending on the client and issues at hand. With every treatment angle, however, I understand the importance of utilizing a culturally sensitive evidence-based framework with a trauma-informed, multicultural lens.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
IL Postdoctoral Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Masters in Clinical Psychology from the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Post-doctoral fellowship at the Cook County Health Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Chicago Clinical Associates Private Practice.
American Psychological Association approved pre-doctoral internship at Regional Mental Health Systems.
Chicago Clinical Associates.
Cook County Health Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
Regional Mental Health Center.
Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center Behavioral Health Services
Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center (VA)
Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System
Humboldt Health, formerly known as Norwegian American Hospital
A Course in Miracles
Spending time with my loved ones
Creative therapeutic writing opportunities
Self-regulation and mindfulness practice