I began my career in Mental Health over twenty years ago when I was working as a manager and buyer for a clothing store. My undergrad degree was in textile and apparel technology because I love working with textiles and fabric. I was unsure what to do after graduation and I came to Chicago to visit a college roommate. I loved the energy and diversity of the city and moved here 3 weeks later.
I spent the next few years working at the Apparel Center in the wholesale side of the industry and then trying my hand at the retail side. I did, however, find myself talking to the customers about their issues and offering ideas and feedback probably a lot more than normal. One of the customers was a woman attending graduate school at Loyola University School of Social Work. I didn't know this was the type of degree to become a therapist and discovering this was like a light bulb went off, as they say. I went back to Graduate school and have been in this field ever since.
I have been working in Community Mental Health since 1996 and it has been extremely gratifying being allowed to help people on their journey to wellness. I have training in DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing and best practice models for psychotherapy. My approach is systemic, eclectic and personalized to the client. Though I have worn many different hats at the clinic where I work, I have a passion for individual therapy and couples counseling.
I will never forget the first time a client told me, "I think I'm ready. You gave me the tools and now I think I can try it on my own." It is such a mutually rewarding relationship, that of the therapist and client. I can't imagine doing anything else.
- Anxiety Disorders - Depressive Disorders - Adjustment Disorders - Relationship Issues - Family Dynamics - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Sexual Abuse and Trauma - Personality Disorders - Eating Disorders - Health and Wellness
I am providing Teletherapy and phone sessions during this time. Telehealth is covered by all insurance carriers just like in office visits. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.