Presenting Concerns – Adults: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, First Responders, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, Men’s Issues, Mood Disorders, PTSD/Trauma, Substance Abuse (after other treatment), Trauma, Women’s Issues
I earned my master’s degree in social work from Aurora University in 1990. I have been working in the field of social work for over 30 years, focusing on the area of behavioral health and co-occurring disorders. I have held my LCSW since 1994. I have worked in inpatient units and partial hospitalization program/intensive outpatient program levels of care within the hospital systems. I have also had experience with hospice and grief/loss issues.
I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, stress
management, life transitions, grief/loss, and trauma. I help clients to feel more in control of the management of their lives and the decisions they make. We will work collaboratively to identify goals, the source of distress, and what’s perpetuating the issues. I will work with you to develop the tools to navigate and overcome the obstacles and struggles that are being faced.
I believe that everyone’s life can be enhanced by learning new adaptive coping strategies within therapy. I will partner with clients to find the best avenue to approach goals. I work with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques as well as dialectal behavioral skills to focus on strength-based goals for the client. I believe that the rewards can be immeasurable if you are willing to put in the time and effort into yourself and building up your self-esteem and self-confidence through therapy. I believe in making an authentic connection with clients and providing supportive feedback, while we walk path to resiliency and wellness together.
When not working I spend my time with my husband of 25 years, an adult son and young daughter. We also have our dog Lucy who really enjoys being with her family. Our family enjoys traveling, going to museums, and spending time with our family and friends.