Licensed Clinical Social Worker on a mission to improve mental health. My goal is to make your therapy experience a positive one.
Clinical Social Worker in Elgin, IL
I have lupus and RA . I understand what is like struggling with get a diagnosis and living with an invisible illness. So often people with these types of illnesses are invalidated by medical professionals and are not believed. I create a space where clients are validated and listened to. I assist clients advocate for themselves in upcoming medical appointments, provide strategies to cope with various symptoms, and how to communicate with others about their condition(s).
Depression can look different with symptoms including struggles with hygiene, completing daily tasks, trouble with sleep, sadness, numbness, irritability, tearfulness, isolation, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or attempts and more. I will explore your specific symptoms and utilize various therapeutic approaches to help improve your symptoms including reframing thoughts, identifying distorted thinking patterns, affirmations, prescribed behaviors, and increasing social connectedness.
Anxiety can be exhausting and extremely uncomfortable. I will assist clients in regulating their nervous system using a variety of strategies including breath work, mindfulness, self-soothing, and exposure therapy.
I utilize values as a compass to help clients achieve meaning and direction in their lives. Additionally, several cognitive diffusion techniques and metaphors are extremely helpful for individuals who struggle with negative thoughts and excessive rumination.
I have facilitated several DBT skills group in both intensive outpatient program and in typical outpatient therapy. Distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills have been extremely to helpful to several clients and can assist with a variety of issues, especially mood and personality disorders.
I utilize CBT often, understanding the connections between our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors. This allows us to intervene and change how we feel with reframing or thoughts, calming our bodies, or engaging in behaviors resulting in improved mood.