Specializing in anxiety/OCD, health anxiety, & chronic health conditions. Providing LGBTQ affirming and competent therapy for over 20 years.
Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
I have experience and expertise working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary & queer, and LGBTQ adjacent people on issues that are directly, and indirectly, related to sexual/affection orientation or gender. I am dedicated to working with members of the community – including cisgender partners of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people.
I have a certificate from the International OCD Foundation's Behavioral Therapy Training Institute for the treatment of OCD with Exposure Response Prevention and CBT. I have also done extensive study and consultation with more experienced professionals keep myself up to date on the latest in treating anxiety and OCD.
The obsessions of OCD are repetitive thoughts, images or impulses that feel out of a person's control. The compulsions are repetitive thoughts or behaviors that are meant to get rid of the obsessions. For people with OCD, these obsessions & compulsions occupy a significant amount of time and get in the way of living life. Many people with OCD never talk with their therapists about OCD. I have specialized training in Exposure Response Prevention to help people find relief from their symptoms.
OCD does not have to take over your life, and you are not alone. Some of the ways that OCD shows up in your life can be startling or terrifying, and it usually hones in on things that are really important to you. OCD is not an adjective, it is a serious condition that is treatable. I have specialized training in Exposure Response Prevention which is the most effective treatment for OCD.
Anxiety. Anxiety adds a dimension of intensity for some folks that others can't quite understand. It is more than feeling stressed out. Living with anxiety doesn't have to be debilitating, and you don't have to rely on short-term anti-anxiety medications to manage it. I use mindfulness, CBT and draw from other theoretical orientations to work with people living with anxiety.
My work in medical settings like hospitals and primary care has given me a foundation for assisting people who are managing a chronic or terminal illness. I know that whether an illness has been formally diagnosed or not, navigating the health care system can be daunting. I can help you to advocate for yourself, to develop plans for longer-term management of illness. For people facing a terminal illness, we can work together to talk about how to make the best of the time you have.