Psychotherapist

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I was born with the ability to see situations from multiple vantage points, which has led to my intense compassion for all kinds of human suffering. So much suffering comes from feeling alone in our particular experiences and being without the tools and support to achieve and heal. As a therapist I am privileged to have the training and passion to journey beside people so they do not feel alone or judged, and so solutions can be explored for becoming the people we want to be, sometimes despite the world we live in.

I believe that happiness comes from being our authentic selves and finding places where it is safe to do so. I was born with the temperament, desire and ability to empathize with others. Being a therapist is being my authentic self and brings me great joy.

My therapy practice is driven by a belief that if anyone had been through what you had been through, they would be exactly where you are. I also believe in equifinality, the idea that there are multiple paths to the same destination. My job is to help you find your unique path to your unique goals.

Education and Training

After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia College, I worked for three years with teens in inpatient drug treatment, facilitating therapy groups and family counseling. I also developed and ran a wilderness therapy program and a work training program for youth. I saw how much of addiction was driven by trauma and neglect both in the home and in our communities.

I received my Masters in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. During my graduate training, I provided child, family, couples and individual therapy through the counseling center associated with the university. This gave me the unique opportunity to practice many different theoretical orientations in therapy sessions while I was learning them in the classroom. As a result, I feel I have the fortune of a very eclectic approach. I also accomplished my goal of acquiring better skills to work with people suffering from the effects of trauma and addiction.

I spent the following 4 years providing evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy to dually diagnosed women in Oakland, California. I was moved by the experience of being among a team of caring women helping women. It was here that I began to put into practice my specialization in trauma treatment and the treatment of addictions, including addiction to substances, sex, food, money, and codependency. I facilitated up to 10 groups weekly on topics ranging from relapse prevention to mindfulness. I also continued providing individual, couples, and family therapy. During this time I began mentoring other therapists and interns.

In 2011 I became the Clinical Manager of a program for anyone identifying as female and trying to escape sexual exploitation, including prostitution, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Here I saw the devastation and isolation sexually exploited women experience in our society, particularly those who identify as transgender (I like to call them warriors). I became a passionate advocate and resource for transgender women in the San Francisco Bay Area and began providing trainings to community partners on the needs of this unique and stunning population. I helped develop this program into one that offered holistic care, which included case management, psychotherapy, group therapy, nutrition classes, money management, wilderness retreats, acupuncture, meditation, and massage. I truly believe in the value of addressing symptoms from many angles, as if untangling a knot. Along the lines of equifinality, this gives clients a chance to explore and discover modes of healing that work best for them.

I opened a private practice in 2012, focusing on the treatment of sex addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. There are stigmas that exist in society, making it difficult for some to reach out for help. I did and do my best to provide a safe space for any issues to arise and be worked through, whether someone identifies as a perpetrator, a victim, a survivor, or all of the above.

Range of Focus
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Self-Esteem
  • Addiction (sex, substances, food, debting, and codependency)
  • Affirmative LGBTQ Practice
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Mind/Body Connection and Relaxation
  • Identity Formation
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Loss and Separation
  • Attachment Issues
Degrees and Certifications

Clinical Fellow American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 2016
Clinical Member California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 2013
Marriage and Family Therapy License 2013
M.A., Counseling Psychology –JFK UNIVERSITY, Pleasant Hill, CA 2007
B.A., Psychology –COLUMBIA COLLEGE, Columbia, MO 2002
Additional coursework: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor, MI 1994-1997

Office Hours

Tuesday 4pm-9pm
Wednesday 9am-1pm
Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-9pm
Saturday 1pm-9pm

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

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773.880.1310 ext. 7292