I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I knew at an early age that I was called to be in a helping profession. A psychology class my junior year of high school helped me narrow my focus to clinical psychology. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Saint Louis University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Theology. I spent a semester of college abroad in Rome through Loyola University Chicago. I came back to Chicago after my undergraduate work and pursued my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, receiving my master’s degree along the way. I have worked in many settings including: out-patient and in-patient substance abuse, senior living facilities, university counseling, and private practice.
I feel that my genuine approach to the therapeutic relationship and my willingness to challenge and engage individuals has helped me assist others in navigating life’s obstacles and improving functioning and quality of life. I approach each therapeutic alliance with openness and a willingness to utilize methods and tools from a variety of evidence-based practices depending on the needs of the individual. I work primarily with adults 18 years of age and older.
My Approach to Psychotherapy
I am psychodynamic in orientation but also integrate tools and techniques from other approaches based on the needs of the individual. I utilize evidence-based practices from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy. Mindfulness, assertiveness, communication, and boundary-setting are skills I have found to be helpful with a variety of presenting issues.
Areas of Clinical Specialty
Anxiety and Mood Disorders:
Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders interfere with our ability to function well and enjoy a meaningful life. Anxious thoughts can impede one’s ability to concentrate, sleep, and engage meaningfully with others, while depression can impact one’s motivation, energy, and ability to experience pleasure. Utilizing a variety of techniques, I work with individuals to decrease anxious and depressed thinking, improve sleep and energy, and increase and improve one’s connections with others.
My approach to women’s issues has been impacted by my personal and professional experiences. I have had a long-standing dedication to the understanding of women’s issues that began as a child and was influenced by my father’s medical practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This grew over the years as I worked in his office. I eventually co-founded a women’s issues interest group at my graduate school. I completed my therapy practicum at Northwestern University’s Women’s Center and I have gone on to provide psychotherapy to many women from teens to older adults, regarding issues including fertility, divorce, career/professional concerns, parenting, etc.
I have utilized testing to determine diagnosis, aid in treatment planning, and evaluate individuals as candidates for bariatric or other surgeries. I have specialized in this area and built psychological testing services from the ground up for my post-doctoral residency site and continued services there for the past 5 years.
Other Areas of Clinical Focus
I also work with individuals who have concerns including but not limited to: relationship issues, professional issues, life transitions, issues of faith and spirituality, health concerns, grief, trauma, anger, and self-esteem.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Psi Chi – National Honor Society in Psychology (Lifetime Member)