WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST
There are so many factors that contribute to who we are. From our relationships with friends, family and significant others, to our early educational experiences and professional performance. What we identify as our strengths or our perceived weaknesses can play a role in shaping how we see ourselves and affect the choices that we make.
I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP PEOPLE CONNECT THE DOTS THAT MADE THEM WHO THEY ARE TODAY, AND LET GO OF THINGS THAT NO LONGER SERVE THEM.
As a therapist, I use a relational Approach, which supports insight and awareness of self in daily life, guiding individuals to achieve a greater sense of autonomy and lead to personal growth.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to live a meaningful and joyful life if given the space to reflect and heal in a supportive environment. I also believe it’s important to hold space for things like vulnerability, courage, and shame, and integrate Brene Brown’s research in my work with clients, utilizing techniques and strategies to help individuals integrate it into their personal and professional lives.
When I see clients, we focus on the past, the present, and the future to help us co-create a plan of action for our work together.
WHO I WORK WITH
My area of expertise is working with adults who are going through significant life transitions such as graduating from college, adjusting to a new career or coping with career difficulties. I can also support individuals who are starting or ending a serious relationship, contemplating other major life decisions or experiencing a Quarter Life Crisis. Finally, I have experience in pet loss, supporting individuals who have aging or sick pets and are coping with unique grief after losing your loved one.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO WORK ON IN THERAPY?
A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
- I received my Masters in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge.
- I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
- I have a background working with adolescents and adults struggling with alcohol and drug use, which often co-exist with anxiety and depression.
- I has advanced training working with couples, and have completed the Emotionally Focused Therapy Training, based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson. The EFT model helps couples grow within the context of their relationships and cope with co-occurring symptoms of complex issues such as trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
- I understand the unique challenges of cross-country relocation and can support clients in the adjustment period that follows.
- I completed a 27.5 hour Living Brave course from Brené Brown focusing on Vulnerability, Courage, Shame, and Empathy based on Daring Greatly and Rising Strong programs.
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”―Brene Brown
Practices mindfulness & gratitude
Loves gentle yoga
Likes to journal