Robert 300x278Values and Philosophy

In my life, I struggled to see the value in acknowledging painful and uncomfortable parts of myself. Eventually, I discovered that running away from and protecting against the pain of loss caused a great deal of suffering. Rarely do people share the isolation that comes from grief and loss; instead, they keep these dark parts hidden. With therapy, I believe that pain, loss, and adversity can be integrated as natural part of life. The illusion of normalcy because it can exist unchallenged creates and sustains stigma and other isolating biases.

Often, we believe the myth that being completely self-sufficiency is the best way to live. The truth is that we need each other, and seeking help is stronger and more courageous than trying to do everything alone. Finally, I feel that everyone has their own strengths that deserve to be honored.

Training and Experience

I started my journey at the University of Washington psychology department learning about the mind and what makes us tick. Volunteering at King County Crisis Clinic gave me tools and experience in emergency situation. At Full Life Care I was given the amazing opportunity as a registered counselor to serve adults age 18 to 95 who were coping with various stressors and losses. I also became aware of the resiliency of the human spirit, and the social stigmas that affect those who are differently abled. Working with Chicago’s mentally ill homeless community gave real life examples of social inequality and the importance of wrap around supports for persons with mental illness. Lastly working and training at Live Oak has given me he support and experience of the community which has allowed me to grow into my current therapy practice.

Range of Focus
  • Grief, loss and isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-esteem, confidence and identity
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Chronic pain or illness
  • Stress management
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Survivors of suicide
  • Families of differently abled children
  • Spirituality

Therapy is not dependent on one life event or one aspect of a person, but a process in a lifelong journey. This therapeutic journey can take many positive forms including connection, authenticity, and compassion. If you make the choice to trust me as your therapist and bring me into your inner world, one of the rewards of therapy would be an experience of sharing and connection that is free of judgment and stigma. Since therapy is unique for everyone, I empower everyone to explain what works for them in therapy and to have a therapeutic relationship tailored to their specific needs and goals.

In the safety of therapy, the foundation for healing and growth is built. When we are ready, we are empowered to remove the barriers that limit us and free to reframe parts of ourselves to feel more whole. This process creates meaning out of the past and present, using our strengths and resiliencies to make our now what we want, and seeing a future with hope.


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Contact Information
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Chicago, IL 60657

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Chicago, IL 60602

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