I am licensed in Illinois as a Clinical Psychologist. I have been in private practice for over seven years. Prior to private practice, I worked several years at a hospital in both inpatient and outpatient levels of care. I have advanced supervised clinical training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Resolve Through Sharing, and perinatal mood and anxiety training through Postpartum Support International. I am certified in Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home, which is an educator program to help you and/or your partner transition to- or become acclimated to parenting, form a secure attachment pattern with your baby and your partner, learn emotion-coaching parenting and attachment parenting techniques, and enhance marital satisfaction after baby arrives. My areas of expertise include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, birth trauma, miscarriage and infant loss, couples, relationship difficulties, depression, and anxiety.
Empathy, acceptance, and genuineness are three qualities that I believe are the foundation for building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship. My therapeutic approach is integrative as I implement emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral, attachment, and psychodynamic therapies. I also use experiential techniques to help you work through painful emotions, identify self-criticism, learn how to engage in self-soothing, break unhealthy relationship patterns, and resolve any unfinished business. My therapeutic method and treatment interventions are uniquely tailored to you depending on your presenting problem, life history, and moment-by-moment processes. I work with you to learn how to regulate your emotions and develop positive coping techniques for dealing with internal conflicts that have led to unhealthy relationship patterns. In couples therapy, I work with you and your partner to strengthen friendship, appreciation, and intimacy, learn how to manage conflict appropriately, respond emotionally to each other’s underlying needs, and help create new ways of interacting to strengthen and validate attachment and emotional bonds.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)