As a clinical therapist, I believe above all in my ability to be a holder of hope and an agent of change. This involves bettering myself, both personally and professionally, in order to assist clients of all cultural backgrounds in growth, healing, and reaching their potential.This belief’s foundation was laid during my undergraduate career at the University of Scranton where I was awarded the privilege of interning at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Children’s Advocacy Center, supporting and empowering children and their families who have experienced physical and sexual abuse. This experience solidified my passion to utilize my strengths and skills to advocate for and with clients, and lead to my pursuing the professional path of becoming a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a focus related to the evidence-based treatments of trauma.
Upon graduating from the University of Scranton, I immediately began my graduate career at Arcadia University. During my time in the program, I specialized in both the treatment of trauma as well as child and family therapies. My clinical training and internship opportunities allowed me to connect and work with clients of all ages both in the foster care system and in community mental health settings. I received my master’s in counseling psychology in 2017 and upon graduating, was awarded the Samuel M. Cameron Graduate Award for demonstrating excellence in the area of evidence-based and multicultural practices.
My experience has continued to build upon itself after moving to Maryland, where I was able to become a dynamic member of a highly trained clinical team. Through facilitation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups, providing direct family and client support, and being responsible for Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient intake assessment and program coordination, I was able to further my learning and training to better serve our clientele. This experience enhanced my passion for and competency in treating adolescents and teenagers facing anxiety, depression, suicidality, and self-harm. After moving to Illinois in 2018, I worked at a local outdoor behavioral health outpatient agency with individuals, groups, and families experiencing mental health symptoms related to anxiety, trauma, depression, ADHD, and life transitions.
Areas of Specialty
My clinical focus includes treating children, adolescents, families and adults from a strengths-based perspective across varying backgrounds and populations. I am collaborative in my therapeutic approach, working with clients to develop and achieve their treatment goals. I have specific training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy related to the treatment of PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression.
Other Areas of Clinical Focus
In addition to my specialty areas listed above, I provide services in the following areas:
– Life Transitions
– Work Stress
– Interpersonal Challenges
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Arcadia University
B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from University of Scranton