“After all, a person is herself, and others. Relationships chisel the final shape of one’s being. I am me, and you.”
― N.K. Jemisin
Our relationships, with the world and with each other, are what form our identities. None of us exist in a vacuum. As a clinician, I strive to forge a relationship with you that is non-judgmental and empowering. I take a clinical stance that is open- minded and that honors you as the expert on your own experience. I hope that, by listening, validating, and staying curious, I can help you get the most out of your relationships with others.
I believe that we cannot begin a conversation about change without examining our environment and how it impacts us. Problems do not reside solely within us. In my clinical approach, I offer curiosity in exploring the ways in which our identities and mental wellbeing are impacted by oppressive systems of racism, classism, homophobia, and sexism. In our work together, I hope that we can acknowledge and talk openly about these systems and their effects. I use the techniques of Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help you see yourself as an agent of change who has the power to create your own narrative. Holding two seemingly opposite truths at the same time is difficult, and I believe that it is necessary to help us become empowered to live the lives we want to live.
I take a direct yet supportive approach in my work with individuals. I believe that we all have the power to create positive change in our lives and also, to truly engage in therapy, you must be ready to do the hard work of examining your life and have the courage to imagine and explore new ways of being.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2017
University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, 2015
University of Chicago, 2009
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellow
Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, 2017