GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST
As a therapist, I work to understand each client through their own unique experiences from their past and present and create space to process what those experiences means to them. I believe that therapy should honor and validate a client’s lived experiences while helping them heal from trauma and emotional challenges.
I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP CONNECT WITH PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY ON A DEEPER LEVEL AND HELP THEM THROUGH A DIFFICULT CHAPTER IN THEIR LIVES.
WHEN I WORK WITH CLIENTS, I LIKE TO FOCUS ON HOW PAST EXPERIENCES ARE influencing THEIR PRESENT LIFE AND HELP CLIENTS CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS AND AUTOMATIC THOUGHTS THAT are barriers to HEALING AND HAPPINESS.
Every client is different and I use an integrative approach to meet your own individual needs. During our work together, I will help you identify your strengths and embrace your experiences in order to cultivate self-acceptance and personal growth. Through self-exploration, we can work to shift limiting beliefs and identify a fresh perspective that aligns with your goals and values. I will help you make meaning of your own lived experiences and find motivation and hope for the future you wish to create.
When I work with clients, I incorporate THREE THINGS to create positive change:
acceptance | mindfulness | self-compassion
WHO I WORK WITH
I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, and major life changes. I specialize in people in the LGBTQ+ community, and helping male-identified clients cope with men’s issues.
My area of expertise is helping people from the LGBTQ+ community explore their lived experiences and break through the barriers to happiness and fulfillment.
WHAT IF I AM SCARED TO BEGIN THERAPY?
A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
- I completed my Masters in Education in Clinical Mental Health from DePaul University.
- I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
- I have completed a 27.5 hour Living Brave course by Dr. Brené Brown focusing on Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy.
- I am working toward becoming certified by the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
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