Licensed Professional Counselor, ATR-P
Staff Psychotherapist, Valuing Difference Scholarship Coordinator
773.880.1310 ext. 7897
It is my firm belief that we each have the internal desire to lead a meaningful life and the potential to foster what we consider wellness. I value creating genuine therapeutic relationships with my clients where I honor their unique needs while assisting them to explore their internal strengths and enhance their capacity to experience positive change and achieve a greater sense of well-being. With each client, I cultivate a transformative process that supports and empowers the self because change is self-motivated. I offer a space that is to be embraced by each individual so that they may explore, understand, and accept their own lived experiences.
My clinical background is rooted in Art Therapy and Counseling. Creative expression in all of it’s forms is inherently healing and can often surpass verbal language when attempting to convey our thoughts and emotions. I recognize Art Therapy beyond the act of creating art. In my work, I encourage clients to view Art Therapy as simply the act of thinking creatively, abstractly, and metaphorically because when doing so enables us to better understand, discuss, or revise our life narrative.
My identity as a Black woman is woven into my practice and informs my areas of focus. As a person with multiple marginalized identities, I greatly value the role of multiculturalism within a relationship. This value is demonstrated in my work by affirming the language and identifiers we use to describe our experiences and ourselves. When we acknowledge and consider cultural differences as assets as opposed to barriers, we can foster healthy relationships with others, increase self-awareness, and challenge our own worldview.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2021
Art Therapy Credentials Board Incorporated, 2020
Drexel University, 2018
Eastern Illinois University, 2016