I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has provided services and cultivated relationships with individuals, adolescents, and families since 2003. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2002 earning a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. I began my career working with youth and families in crisis and/or justice-involved, as well as youth in-care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). I then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Xavier University in 2008. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2019 and have over 17 years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, and families who present with multiple risk factors and few protective factors.
Research shows that as many as 40% of children and adolescents will endure at least one traumatic experience in their lifetime. While most individuals successfully recover from the event, others struggle to cope with the memory of the trauma. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has proven effective with individuals who have experienced trauma. In addition to CBT, I use other evidence-based treatments, therapeutic modalities, and techniques including but not limited to Reality Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. My goal in therapy is to empower clients to identify, develop, and utilize positive supports, skills, strengths, resources, and coping strategies which will help them process the traumatic experience more effectively. A holistic, strength-based, solution-focused approach guides my practice.
Outside of work, I am a complete foodie! I love to cook as well as try out new restaurants. I also enjoy spending quality time with my 17-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter who keep me on my toes in every way!