Why I do what I do…
Since the age of 7, I have listened to others. My purpose in life is to help heal emotional and psychological scars. This is my destiny. I’ve spent several years counseling and advocating for citizens, veterans, service members and women; I’ve gained invaluable experience working with the IL Dept of Human Rights, Department of Veterans Affairs, and serving in the US Army. Listening is what comes naturally. There is no better feeling than that of helping someone else to release burdens or realize their purpose in life. I truly believe that to lead, you first must serve. I often say to be blessed you must bless others.
I believe that healing requires a sacred environment that is free of judgment. The therapeutic process is a collaborative endeavor in which I assist clients in clarifying actionable goals for treatment. I use a varied methodical approach, as therapy is not a cookie cutter science. I draw from a variety of interventions, holistic practices and methodologies to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. These evidence based practices consist of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psycho-educational Group Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have a strong focus on cultural humility, diversity-informed practices, trauma-informed care, and compassion focused therapy. I offer an intuitive, warm, open, encouraging, and direct attitude. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. Additionally, I am able to go beyond the traditional lens of formal therapy and guide clients using intuitive awareness and readings. My goal is to advocate for each client, while simultaneously teaching clients how to advocate for themselves. The desired result is a more full, balanced and happy existence.
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I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media Arts and Theater. It is here that I learned my foundation for effective communication. As a graduate student, I completed a rigorous Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California. My specialty track was clinical social work with families, military service members and veterans. I hold certificates and specialized training in military social work, perinatal mental health, and telehealth therapy. The foundation created during my communication studies was pivotal in my transition to social work, as my undergraduate degree afforded me communicative skills and styles that translate well with a diverse demographic of clients.