ABOUT ME

We may be a fit to work together if:

  • You thrive when sessions are collaborative and goal-oriented. My approach is to create a partnership with you, where we’ll work together to identify your needs and make progress toward the goals that you set for yourself. 

  • You are open to "homework" i.e. actively reflecting between sessions on what came up for your during your last session and implementing some of the techniques you learned

 

  • You are comfortable with the fact that my practice is inclusive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and affirming of all identities. In my work, I honor the autonomy and integrity of the people coming to me for help.

 

Here's what you can expect when we work together:

 

  • I will teach you how to handle the difficult emotions that come up when setting boundaries with others (and yourself)

  • You will learn  how to break big problems down into smaller, achievable steps

  • I will hold space for you to talk about what holds you back, and work with you to find ways to overcome those blocks

  • I will help you come to a deeper understanding of who you are and where you’re going in your life

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My Story

I've been obsessed with human behavior and relationships since I was a little girl. I was what Tony Robbins calls a "practical psychologist." It's how I made sense of my homelife while growing up. Predicting patterns of behavior helped me to soothe and protect myself in a very unpredictable environment. 

 

You see, I not only counsel Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA/ACA) - I am one. I know firsthand how it feels to live in a perpetual state of fight or flight. I know what it means to try to be a perfect daughter, falling into the trap of hyper-achievement and projecting a facade of confidence while really beneath it all, I was anxious, lonely, insecure, and angry. These are the kinds of secrets we keep as ACOA. 

 

I kept that facade going until...I didn't. I was about to turn 30 and looked at my life and it didn't feel like me. I knew I couldn't go into my 30's with this facade. My inner wisdom whispered to me that I wouldn't make it if I did. I was already relying on unhealthy coping mechanisms and my marriage was falling apart. 

So I got help. Thanks to a few dedicated therapists and coaches - along with some family and friends - I had the support I needed to heal and improve my life. 

Eventually, I began to feel like I was coming home to myself. My life began to flourish in ways I had never thought possible. I knew my next hurdle to tackle was my career - that didn't feel like it fit either. I've always felt that I was born to help others - and I wanted to help others have the same transformation and liberation that I experienced. 

I enrolled in grad school for clinical psychology in 2010 and have enjoyed a career as a therapist for a decade now. No longer a "practical psychologist," I find such joy  in my work because I’ve been where you are and I know how hard it is to try and figure this stuff out on your own. I’ve been burned out, confused, overcome with grief and anger, and caught up in anxiety and people-pleasing. I’ve been there, and now I want to be there for those who are going through those struggles, as well.

When I'm not in the therapy space, I love to read, be outdoors, see as much live music as I can, and laugh until my belly hurts while spending time with friends and family.  

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in IL

  • EMDR certified

  • Gottman Method Certified - LEVEL 1

  • MA - Clinical Psychology