I was raised in Leland, Illinois. I knew from a young age, my dream was to be in a helping profession of some sort. Initially, I was going to school for a degree in elementary education. During my time in my education program, I realized how passionate I was about working with students and their families. I was intrigued by family dynamics, parenting styles, and observing how family life impacted children’s social-emotional-cognitive ability’s while in the school setting. I chose to change my major and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies, with an emphasis in Family Social Services at Northern Illinois University. After graduating, I worked at one of the largest homeless shelters in Illinois. During, my time working as a case manager, I spent hours speaking to guests about their life experiences and their goals to create change within their lives. This led me towards my path of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.
In 2017, I graduated with my Master’s degree in Applied Family and Child Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. I provided clinical services in community mental health for 7 years. I have worked with families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. During my time in community mental health, I also was the program coordinator for Family-Based Treatment in Eating Disorders.
I find it important to create a safe and healing space for clients to process difficult emotions, life experiences, and current challenges. I believe my clients are the experts of their own lives. I encourage them to find strength in their personal stories in order to create long term meaningful change.
Attachment Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Bowen Family Systems, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.