Post-Graduate Fellow

CherVALUES AND PHILOSOPHY

My approach to therapy is based on the belief that acceptance and compassion are key to finding healing. To find that in therapy you need a non-judgmental relationship to explore your feelings, patterns, and struggles. It takes time to build trust and safety and I feel privileged to be able to be with someone on that journey. I also believe we are influenced by our culture(s), families, and systems. Sometimes the coping skills we’ve developed no longer serve us in our current lives, and we need a new approach. I tailor my interventions to each person's needs and goals, incorporate mindfulness and mind-body integration, and help individuals understand their patterns and learn coping skills to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. We all have patterns of thoughts and beliefs that have been taught to us or influenced by our families, society, and culture(s). Sometimes we want to carry those thoughts and beliefs with us and other times they may no longer be working for us. In much the same way, our bodies hold patterns, such as where we hold stress and tension in the body. I think it’s important to recognize how these patterns, beliefs, and thoughts may have helped us survive, and to develop compassion around that as we grow and learn into different ways of being. As a social worker with over eight years experience in non-profits, I am especially passionate about helping activists, organizers, and helpers to develop self-care and boundaries to be their best selves.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a concentration in Community Practice. I received my Bachelor of Social Work from Western Illinois University. I was most recently a case manager in the Men's Residence at the McGaw YMCA working with mostly older adult men on financial and housing stability, managing mental illness, and improving or managing chronic health
conditions. I also worked as an organizer in the Fight for Fifteen campaign, as
a youth worker at the Crib, and as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence. In addition, I completed Live Oak's certification in yoga-informed psychotherapy in the fall of 2016. Outside of Live Oak I work at a group practice in the West Town/Noble Square Neighborhood of Chicago.

RANGE OF FOCUS

* Trauma Recovery
* Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ individuals
* Self Care for Helpers and Activists
* Depression
* Anxiety/Stress
* Grief & Loss
* Life Transitions

Degrees and Certifications

Bachelor of Social Work Western Illinois University 2006
Master of Social Work University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2009
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2016
Certificate in Yoga Informed Psychotherapy 2017

Office Hours

Friday 11:00am-2:00pm (Belmont)
Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm (Belmont)

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite 400

Chicago

IL

60657

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773.880.1310 ext. 7896