Being raised in a diverse neighborhood from the Midwest instilled in me an appreciation for each family’s unique history. My passion for studying family and societal functioning stayed with me as I pursued my undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University, where I majored in Sociology. As I found myself working in a criminal justice setting, I noticed people spoke often of their family networks, and the direct impact it had on their recovery. I wanted to assist individuals in feeling empowered when managing relationship concerns, and later pursued my Master’s in Applied Family & Child Studies, with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University.
I have been able to apply my clinical skills in partial hospitalization programs, community mental health, as well as within a private practice setting. I enjoyed tailoring services which were specific to the needs expressed in my community, and was thus able to provide individual, group, and family therapy. As an Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), I aim to assist my clients in becoming aware of their role in the surrounding environment, as well as identifying ways to positively impact their school/peer/work/family atmosphere. I have been fortunate to provide a welcoming space for my clients where they can achieve personal growth and learn information that is relevant and practical for their day-to-day lives.
Areas of Speciality
Being an MFT allows me to work with a wide range of people. I work with clients 5 y/o and above, as well as individuals, couples, and families. My past work experience has been built by routinely addressing concerns of: anxiety, ADHD, depression, behavioral disorders, relational conflict, identity formation, life transitions, blended families, spirituality, parenting, grief, codependency, self-esteem, involvement in the criminal justice system, and stress. I employ a variety of therapeutic approaches, which include: systemic approaches, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), PMT (Parent Management Training), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and many others.
Certificates and Supplemental Training
In addition, I have pursued trainings in working with LGBTQ individuals, Mood Disorders in African American Families with Chronic Illness, as well as Parent Management Training. I am also a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.