I help survivors become thrivers; to find their power within to heal the suffering and grief of trauma and move towards a life worth living.
Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL
I have helped interpersonal, combat, health, or environmental trauma survivors in community mental health, hospital, VA, and intensive outpatient settings. I have worked with people suffering anger outbursts, panic attacks, and severe dissociation. I am skilled in a variety of interventions that can be adjusted to fit your needs.
Pressure to conform to social norms can be overwhelming and interfere with living. A person cannot possibly be living their best life if they are detached from their authentic self or feel trapped by traditional gender norms . I have worked with people who identify all along the gender spectrum from curious and questioning to fully transitioned. Supporting and helping them find their authenticity is one of the most rewarding parts of my professional work.
Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse has been at pandemic proportions long before global events made the word commonplace. Untreated interpersonal trauma can wreck havoc on a person's sense of self and ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life. I have worked with countless women and men who have abuse histories and helped them find a path through the pain.
My relationship work is rooted in the Gottman Method. The therapeutic process focuses on increasing interpersonal understanding of each partner’s worries, fears, and hopes; increasing mutual appreciation, respect, and fondness; identifying and effectively responding to bids for affection; improving conflict management and understanding the role of conflict in a healthy relationship; increasing effective communication skills; and developing a shared narrative for the future of the relationship.
At the core of CBT therapy is the idea that thoughts, feelings, and behavior are interrelated and making changes in one area can affect the other areas. I frequently use CBT interventions (along with DBT and ACT) to build self-awareness, identify opportunities for change, and support you in developing more helpful and effective coping skills.
My therapeutic style is grounded in Relational-Cultural Theory and focused on building a strong therapeutic connection while exploring relationship patterns, relationship- and self-beliefs, improving self-worth, and modeling relationship effectiveness. I have focused my professional training on becoming an expert in trauma-informed, empowering, and multiculturally sensitive psychological care with a highly developed understanding of how gender issues impact interpersonal relationship.