I was raised in Northern Illinois and have lived in the Midwest my entire life. I attended Northern Illinois University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies. My interest in family dynamics and my desire to work with children and families led me to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
I received my Master’s degree in Applied Family and Child Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. During my graduate training I was fortunate to participate in a multicultural exchange program, teaching therapy concepts at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. This unique experience encouraged a professional interest in diversity and cultural difficulties within family systems. I also pursued additional training in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
Areas of Specialty
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have experience with clients of all ages, including children as young as three years old. My training as an LMFT provides an ability to treat a variety of needs. I typically use an integrated therapeutic model which utilizes elements of humanistic, experiential, and systemic approaches rooted in attachment theory. This approach helps to create powerful bonding events that lead to lasting change.
Families increasingly experience a wide variety of stressors and unique problems. Internal and external stressors may impact a family’s ability to function effectively or adapt to crisis. Family therapy often incorporates the family as a whole and is designed to address communication concerns, unhealthy interactions, discord between family members, or other varied stressors. Lasting, positive change within the family is created by addressing family dynamics, incorporating coping skills, and fostering family resiliency.
I believe that the experience and expression of emotion are central to the way couples structure their relationships and central in the process of changing such relationships. Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) is an effective systemic approach which emphasizes changing cycles of interaction. This type of therapy focuses on changing both the interactional cycle and each person’s inner experiences.