About My Clients
When anxiety, stress, and pressure start to get the best of you, it's easy to feel worthless or broken. I want to help you learn to change your negative self-talk and face the things you’ve been avoiding. You would never dream of calling your loved ones “worthless,” “failure,” or “incompetent," yet you have no problem saying those things to yourself. Therapy should support you in building a happy life, but how can you be happy when you constantly bully yourself?
My Background and Approach
I received my Bachelors in Sociology from Bradley University and my Master of Social Work in Mental Health from The University of Illinois at Chicago. I have years of experience in clinical mental health with children, adolescents, and adults. My approach to therapy is always through a self-compassion framework. I believe that authentic happiness does not come just from managing your mental health symptoms, but through overcoming the barriers to loving all parts of yourself. Therapy can be heavy sometimes, but it shouldn't be something you dread. I use humor to strike a balance between challenging and enjoyable, and make the process feel human rather than medical. When you really get engaged in therapy, it can transform your life.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Therapy is such a broad field, with so many unique approaches and theories. There is truly something for everyone. Some therapists like to use mindfulness and spiritually guided practice, but I tend toward more of a logic-based and practical approach. I want to convey a skill or idea in such a way that someone might say, "that makes so much sense." I believe this helps people gain a deep sense of understanding of and connection with their own thoughts and feelings.