Psychotherapist and Training Coordinator

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Values and Philosophy

Therapy is about stories: the story of an individual or a family. Through therapeutic work we are able to better understand our story as it is written so far, and we are able to do the work to become the author of our next chapter. Therapy is about empowering yourself to be the agent of change in your own life. We will work together to help you write a story of authenticity that allows you to begin living your best life.
If you are starting to or thinking about coming out, transitioning, questioning your gender or sexuality, or just trying to understand yourself, we will work together to help you form a narrative that will strengthen your authentic identity. If you are an adolescent who is starting to write their own identity and struggle through the difficulties of this time, we will work on crafting a tale that feels hopeful and gives room to let your individual beauty flourish.

Psychotherapy

By building a genuine and honest relationship, exploring the patterns in your life, building healthy connections between mind and body, and with no shortage of the healing power of laughter we will work together to help you achieve your goals. We will focus on strengthening healthy communication, rebuilding coping methods, creating insight, and creating a deeper self understanding. Creativity is vital to any story, and we will use your strengths and unique talents to find inspiration for new therapeutic techniques tailored to you as an individual. I believe taking control of your story happens with the creation of a trusting relationship where you can begin to understand yourself and your experiences from a new perspective.
In addition to my general psychotherapy practice, I have a special focus on working with individuals who identify, or are thinking of identifying, as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans/gnc community or outside of the gender binary. I believe there are many ways to experience and express sexuality and gender, and we will work together to help you form a sexual orientation and/or gender identity that feels true and honest to who you are or who you wish to become.

Education and Experience

I received my bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University in both Psychology and Gender Studies in 2007. While at Purdue I participated in an internship program where I worked with adolescents in the juvenile criminal justice system, helping them rebuild their lives and work towards a more promising future. Through this work I was able to experience helping adolescents who did not believe they could have a better life work towards creating one for themselves and finding hope. Afterward, I attended Roosevelt University’s program for mental health counseling, and achieved my masters in 2009. While completing my masters I worked at St. Mary’s Outpatient Behavioral Health clinic, assisting families, children/adolescents, and adults. After graduating I began my clinical career working at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School as a dorm counselor in their residential therapy program for adolescents. I became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in 2012, and shortly afterward began working as a psychotherapist at Live Oak. During my work at Live Oak, I have developed a particular interest in sexual and gender diversity, in addition to my ongoing interest in families with adolescents and emerging adults. In 2015 I became the Coordinator for the Graduate and Fellowship Training Programs at Live Oak. In 2016 I became a Clinical Supervisor. Outside of Live Oak, in 2014 I began teaching at Roosevelt University as an adjunct professor, where I teach Theories of Group Counseling as well as Theories of Career Counseling.

Trainings

I am available to provide trainings to organizations on a variety of topics. I have provided trainings for therapeutic organizations, schools, community mental health agencies, conferences, juvenile justice centers, and more. By using an engaging, upbeat, and open minded style that encourages growth I am able to make learning accessible and exciting. I will work directly with your organization to tailor a training designed to fit your unique needs. Here are some samples of trainings I have provided:

• Affirmative Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals
• Affirmative Practice with Sexual Diversity
• Positively Reframing Reluctance and Resistance
• Running Successful Group Therapy

Range of Focus

• Gender identity development and sexual orientation
• Individual and family therapy
• Adults, Adolescents, and children,
• Family conflict
• Anxiety, Stress, or Depression
• High functioning autistic spectrum disorders
• Issues related to attention, focus, and executive functioning
• Relationship issues
• Life transitions

Degrees and Certifications

BA in Psychology, Purdue University – 2007
BA in Gender Studies, Purdue University – 2007
MA in Mental Health Counseling, Roosevelt University – 2009
Post Graduate, Working with LGBT clients, Live Oak – 2010
Year-Long Intensive Narrative Therapy Program, Evanston Family Therapy Center - 2017

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday and Saturday – please call or email for available times.

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

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773-880-1310 ext 7622