I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist specializing in individual, couple and family therapy. In addition to my work in private practice, I worked for 9 years at a family service agency as a clinician and a family life educator. From 2006 to 2013 I also provided social work consultation at a pre-k through 8th grade private school in Chicago.
With over 16 years experience as a therapist, and as a graduate of Loyola University Chicago specializing in mental health, I am currently working with a broad spectrum of adolescent and adult clients. Among my areas of expertise are: treating anxiety and depression; parenting support; assisting clients with life transition issues related to experiences such as loss, separation and divorce, job loss, and young adult and midlife transitions; grief counseling; premarital counseling; working with parents who have children with special needs; relationship issues; and stress management. I previously trained and worked as an attorney in the Chicago area before continuing my education and changing my career path. I am passionate about my work as a therapist and my warm and supportive style helps my clients to quickly feel comfortable and ready to engage in therapy.
I am an active participant in therapy whose therapeutic approach is to provide a safe environment, support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Loyola University Chicago, M.S.W.
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois, B.A.
Additional Professional Training:
Certificate of Professional Achievement in Family and Divorce Mediation, DePaul University Center for Dispute Resolution
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Advanced Family Therapy
Spirituality and Social Work
Gottman Couple's Therapy Level 1
Speaking and Support Group Experience:
I have extensive experience speaking on the topic of "Parenting a Child with Special Needs: The Parent's Emotional Experience" and as a group leader facilitating support groups on a wide range of topics, including separation and divorce, effective parenting, pre-marital counseling, and parenting children with special needs.