No matter your circumstances, there is hope. I can help you approach life with more confidence and peace.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
Abuse can be difficult to talk about, or even to name. Abuse comes in many forms - physical, emotional and sexual. If you think you may have been abused but you aren't sure, we can absolutely discuss that. I will help you identify ways to stay safe, set boundaries, and empower you to make the choices that feel right to you. If you were previously in an abusive relationship but are no longer, it will often continue to impact your life. I can help with that, too.
Whether you have generalized anxiety, panic attacks, or phobias, anxiety can be incredibly overwhelming. Anxiety can impact your sleep, your relationships, and even school or work. My field experience has exposed me to anxiety in many different forms. My clinical training has given me a number of grounding and mindfulness tools. If you've tried deep breathing or meditation before and it didn't work, I get it. We'll collaborate on coping skills that work for you.
Burnout can be caused not only by jobs, but also unpaid labor like caregiving, parenting, and relationships in general. My personal and professional experiences are what make me an expert at treatment of burnout. I will help you figure out how to feel in control again, using self-care skills, boundary-setting, and re-assessment of priorities.
Imagine a life where you are as compassionate towards yourself as you are towards others. Hard to picture? I get it... but it is absolutely possible through the practice of self-compassion. Rather than basing your self-worth on your appearance, achievements, or how many followers you have, you'll learn to be kind to yourself! I'll give you the tools and encouragement to make it happen.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is all about identifying your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and the relationship between them. In my experience, CBT is most effective when combined with mindfulness techniques. Sometimes it's not the CONTENT of your thoughts that matters, but the POWER you give to your thoughts. Mindfulness helps shift some of the focus into your physical body, where we manifest a lot of stress and emotions, often unknowingly.
I've been using motivational interviewing techniques since my first social work internship in 2012. I've taken multiple trainings in MI over the years. It's incredibly effective for folks who are on the fence about making changes.
I've been practicing mindfulness for about 3 years, and am certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. To me, mindfulness is not just meditation - it is a way of life that has brought me and my clients more awareness, acceptance, and peace.