As a child, I took sailing lessons on Lake Michigan. At times we were required to sail the boats alone on the open water. Getting tossed around by giant waves on a tiny boat with nothing but water for miles felt confusing, overwhelming, and, at times, terrifying. As I grew up, I realized how often life can feel the same way. In my over ten years of experience as a licensed counselor, it has been my joy and privilege to empower clients to navigate the rough waters, giant waves, and changing winds that life can throw at us.
I received my Master’s in Education in Community Counseling through Loyola University Chicago in 2005 and have been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. My career has included extensive work with adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds and in a variety of settings that range from at-risk youth on the south side of Chicago to training other professional counselors. I have taught classes and workshops on mental wellness topics for colleges, churches, and community programs.
I have received advanced training in using both CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Narrative approaches in therapy. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques that are always deeply rooted in each client’s unique story and their goals for growth and change, including helping them articulate what those goals may be.