I was raised in Bartlett, Illinois. While growing up I found that I had a passion for assisting others during difficult times, something that continues to grow and mold my professional endeavors. I attended Arizona State University to obtain my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies. During my undergraduate studies, I was provided with a diverse curriculum of courses taught by talented professors with a wide range of experiences and skills. My undergraduate experience was enriched by the additional experience of working as a research assistant in the stereotype threat lab. I returned to Illinois to attend graduate school at Roosevelt University, where I earned a Master of Arts degree in the field of Clinical Professional Psychology. At Roosevelt, I was provided with training in assessment and interventions, as well as the theory and research that supports these practices. During this time, I also completed a clinical internship working with developmentally disabled adults in a therapeutic day school setting. Following the completion of graduate school I began work in a community mental health agency where I was able to hone my clinical skills and interests.
My training and job experience combined with my passion and warm demeanor prepared me for my career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I believe that connecting well with my clients will aid in the development of the strong trusting relationship needed to assist them with navigating through life’s barriers, and help them reach the goals they have set for themselves in the therapeutic process. Every client comes to therapy with their own unique experiences and concerns. I strive to provide my clients with best care by tailoring my approach based on individual needs and the use of evidence based therapeutic techniques. I work primarily with adults and adolescents and I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and non-suicidal self-injury.
Areas of Clinical Specialty
I have a special clinical interest in eating disorder treatment. Eating disorders are disturbances in the relationship a person has with food, either a severely restricted food intake or severe bouts of overeating. It is also not uncommon for a person with an eating disorder to have disturbances in body image and feelings of low self-worth. The amount of time a person with an eating disorder spends obsessing about food and body image, and the discomfort that the disorder creates, interferes with their daily lives. Commonly known eating disorders are: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and eating disorder, not otherwise specified. In these cases, I tend to utilize a combination treatment of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist my clients with developing a greater psychological flexibility and commitment to behaviors that enrich their lives.
Self-injury, or self-harm, is deliberately harming one’s own body, and is typically done impulsively and used as an unhealthy coping tool to manage emotional pain and discomfort. While self-injury may initially make a person feel calm, it’s usually followed by feelings of shame/guilt and the return of those same uncomfortable emotions the person was attempting to avoid in the first place. Self-injury is often linked with a variety of disorders, including but not limited to, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. I tend to utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a treatment approach to assist clients with reducing/eliminating self-injurious behaviors, and developing a greater ability to regulate his or her emotions in a healthy manner.
Other areas of clinical focus
In addition to my specialty areas listed above, I also provide services in the following areas of women’s issues/transitions, anxiety, anger management, depression, adjustment disorders,
social skills training, couples/partner relational issues, and maladaptive coping skills.