I am committed to helping individuals create space for healing and well-being. Drawing from a variety of holistic psychotherapy approaches, I tailor the therapeutic intervention to meet your needs, combining experiential (body-based) and psychodynamic (mind-based) approaches. Together, we will identify your goals and how we’ll measure results. You will learn to regulate your inner state so you can feel more peaceful and grounded– even when things get rough. By working on setting clear expectations with yourself and others, you will notice improved relationships and ease throughout your day.
My clinical interests include working with 16+, emerging adults and adults at all phases of life experiencing difficulties from anxiety, depression, burnout, stress, life transitions, unresolved trauma, or challenging relationships. Tapping into your inner resources, we will uncover various parts of you and the role each plays in your life, replacing patterns or behaviors that no longer serve you.
My mindfulness-based approach is rooted in person-centered therapy, with touches of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Polyvagal Theory, and mindfulness and breathwork exercises.
Part of the reason I am confident as a therapist is because I have had good therapy myself. I know the stress of parenting, challenges of life transitions, healing and recovery from trauma, disconnection from loved ones and feel the weight of our country’s political divide and the global impact of climate change. I have worked hard to embrace my nature as a Highly Sensitive Person and have experienced firsthand the healing benefits of receiving support and care from someone attuned to me and my needs. Because I have found hope during hard times, I know it is possible for you too.
A long and winding road has taken me from school social work, emergency services in San Francisco and DuPage County, yoga in Chicago, stay at home mommin’ in Colorado, and all the way up to the present day in outpatient therapy in Elmhurst. The common thread throughout it all has been to serve individuals as they guide themselves back to their authentic Self and live a full life with meaningful connections. My experiences have shaped my worldview, and I come to therapy looking through a feminist and family systems lens.
Trauma and PTSD
If someone was to ask you what they should know before going - what would you tell them?
The best approach is the one that works for you, sometimes finding out what doesn’t work can lead to what does. Be open and honest, and we will find pathways to create the change you seek, identifying your “trailheads” along the way that may lead to deeper understanding of the “why” and greater awareness of the “how.” I find it is helpful for clients to reflect on the past in order to understand the present, and then, with intention, make conscious decisions for the future.
Personally, I find solace and healing through information. Reading about different therapeutic approaches or listening to individual’s lived experiences aids me in gaining a more thorough understanding of the human experience; throughout our time working together I will most likely recommend a book or podcast. Work in between sessions is optional but I see more rapid growth and shifts in progress when clients dedicate time and energy to do the work independently and consistently.
Please also know, you set the tone. We can slow it down or speed it up based on your readiness and comfort. I welcome your feedback and direction, even though I may be proficient in the field, you are the expert on You. The strength of our relationship is important to me and to the success of our time together.
On a quest to find my latest hobby, I have taken weaving classes, tried pickleball and tennis, and even roller skating lessons.
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