Psychotherapist

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I believe we all posses the inner resources necessary for healing and transformation. My job as a therapist is to guide clients in connecting with their inherent source of strength, compassion, and wisdom. I work collaboratively with clients to facilitate lasting change, deepen self-awareness and understanding, and create space for a more authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling life.

Training and Experience

I received my graduate degree in counseling from Naropa University, a contemplative, Buddhist-inspired school in Boulder, Colorado. At Naropa, I studied both eastern and western psychology and developed a foundation for becoming a relational, holistic, attuned therapist. The contemplative focus inspired me to study meditation in greater depth, and mindfulness practice remains a significant focus of my life, both personally and professionally.

I have an undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. My BA is in Studio Art, and I’ve always valued the creative process as form of expression as well as a form of healing. I enjoy incorporating creative therapies into my work with clients, and find that artistic expression can greatly enhance and enrich the healing process.

My professional experience has included therapeutic work with adolescents, children, couples, and families, as well as individuals seeking personal change. My focus areas are gender and sexuality, anxiety, family of origin and relational issues, stress reduction, and identity formation. My experience includes working in urban community mental health, helping develop a rural LGBTQ counseling program, supporting HIV affected adults, and facilitating substance abuse prevention groups for at-risk youth.

Degrees and Certifications

Naropa University, MA Transpersonal Psychology- 2012
Lawrence University, BA Studio Art- 2007
Gestalt Institute of the Rockies
Completed a year-long Gestalt therapy training program centered on a relational view of human development through the lifespan, with a special focus on couples and family therapy.
Internal Family Systems- Level 1
Certified in Level One of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model. IFS is a collaborative, body-based therapeutic modality that focuses accessing the client’s inherent sense of wisdom and balance.

Psychotherapy

My therapeutic approach is rooted in mindfulness, awareness, and integration of the whole self. I envision my role as collaborator and facilitator in your journey towards balance, authenticity, and contentment. We’ll work together to identify areas of vulnerability and areas of strength, and find ways to create the change you’re seeking in your life.

Range of Focus
  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Trans* and Gender Variant Populations
  • Gender and Sexuality Issues in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Relational Issues
  • Couples/Family Therapy
  • Spirituality and Contemplative Practice
  • Women's Issues
  • Identity Formation
  • Emerging Adulthood
Availability

Monday-Thursday

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60657

1740 Ridge Ave., Suite 218
Evanston, IL 60201

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773.880.1310 ext. 7299