I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in developing a better understanding of how others think and behave. As a result, I took my first psychology course in my senior year of high school. My interest continued to grow when I attended the University of Illinois-Champaign and took an Introduction to Psychology course. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and later attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy-Schaumburg) where I earned my Master of Arts and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology.
My clinical experiences have varied from private practice to hospital settings and I have worked with a diverse population of individuals ranging from 5-65 years old. Most recently, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. During my internship year, I worked with individuals on an inpatient unit addressing severe and persistent mental illness. I have experience in individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and psycho-diagnostic assessment.
My Approach to Therapy
A healthy therapeutic experience is built upon honesty, integrity, and respect. Therapy is a collaborative experience and I work with my clients to explore their symptoms, as well as their short and long-term goals, in order to determine the best course of treatment. A good therapeutic relationship is essential to achieving symptom reduction as well as healthy pursuit of goals.
Areas of Specialty
I work with individuals ranging from 18-65 years old. My primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and, dependent upon the needs of the client, I utilize other evidence-based approaches including: Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). I have been trained as a generalist and assist individuals in a number of areas such as: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, communication skills, anger management, life transitions, grief/loss, and trauma.
Depression is a mood disorder that impacts not only one’s emotional state but also may interfere with one’s ability to complete daily responsibilities. It is characterized by low, depressed mood as well as a loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. Quality of sleep, eating habits, and energy levels may all be affected when one experiences depression. Both biological and environmental factors may cause or contribute to one’s symptoms. I typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals explore the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In doing so, I work with the client to develop ways to challenge these patterns that cause or maintain symptoms related to depression. Interpersonal Therapy can also be an effective method for treating depression, particularly when depression is related to interpersonal issues.
Building and maintaining relationships is an integral part of a healthy life. We all have struggles in this area from time to time. I have assisted clients with many issues pertaining to relationships, including but not limited to: developing and practicing effective communication skills, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and healthy emotional expression.