Others see you as strong, pulled together, and inspiring. You’re “the fixer.” The go-to person for everyone’s problems, but rarely spend time considering your own needs, desires, or limitations.
By day you are a leader, provider, parent, partner, student, or professional, but at night you lay awake. Feeling trapped. Floundering. You feel like an imposter. Immobilized by anxiety, self-doubt, and sadness you suffer in silence. Worried the facade is beginning to crack.
When are you going to begin making yourself priority and live the authentic, joyful, and vibrant life YOU were meant to live?
Therapy Can Help
First and foremost, therapy is about YOU.
Defining YOUR path to life satisfaction.
As your therapist, I’m here to create a safe and confidential space where together we’ll dig into the patterns in your life that have felt familiar and safe, yet keep you from living more fully. You have the capacity to unlock the change and happiness you’re seeking, and you don’t have to do it alone. Together we will work on those struggles that lead you to the life you desire.
People pursue or return to therapy from all walks of life and for a variety of reasons. For some, the catalyst may involve a major life crisis that is overwhelming and difficult to manage. For others, perhaps they’re experiencing a major life change or transition that may be difficult to adjust to. As a result, their relationships begin to suffer, personal issues become too difficult to manage, and/or physical ailments begin to emerge.
For some, there may not be a specific crisis or life transition with which they’re struggling, but rather they seek therapy as a proactive measure toward their own emotional health; or perhaps they desire personal growth; or wish to create a more meaning-filled and vibrant life.
From the first session, you will leave feeling hope again. Hope that things are going to move in a positive direction that feels healthy and right.
You’ll feel empowered that you don’t have to feel stuck in an unhealthy pattern.
You and your relationship don’t have to suffer.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
You may have been told that therapy is for the weak or for those whose faith in God is not strong enough. You might even wonder how talking about your issues can possibly make a difference.
On the surface, it may seem that dealing with your issues on your own makes you stronger, but suffering in silence and not getting support can make it harder on you and your relationships. It’s impossible to be strong in every area of your life and on your own all the time. Acknowledging your pain or struggles simply means you are human.
Holistic healing involves the mind, body, and spirit. Emotional health, physical health, and spirituality are not at odds with one another. I believe that spirituality can be the anchor that empowers one to face whatever comes up in therapy and the stresses of daily living.
Seeking help when you are struggling is one of the most healthy and courageous endeavors upon which a person can act. It takes courage to confront those issues we would rather avoid. It takes courage to delve into our deep interior world to face oftentimes complicated and uncomfortable emotions.
“Leap and the net will appear.”
Taking the first step is not easy, which is why pushing through your discomfort by making the call is the most difficult, but important step.
I LOVE the work that I do and I consider being a therapist a profound honor and privilege.
One of the reasons I hold this work so sacred is because I know first hand what it’s like to dismiss my own inner guide in order to fulfill society’s or others’ expectations. Like many of my clients, I once felt called to wake up from a status quo life. I was living a life that others approved of, but was not truly mine. This life looked fine and even highly successful from the outside, but on the inside I felt out of sync, inauthentic, and stagnant .
It was through my own healing experiences that I began the work of releasing the unattainable fantasy of what and who I thought I was supposed to be. I took the brave step toward living in my own authenticity and purpose, while also resting comfortably in the knowledge that I am a work in progress.
As I continue to shed my own worn-out stories and life patterns, I am committed to walk fully and compassionately with my clients on their path to creating a life of vibrancy and wholeness.
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
Along my journey to becoming a psychologist, I served in the United States Air Force where I had the privilege of serving my country, working with AMAZING people and traveled the world.
I received my Masters of Arts and Doctoral Degrees from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology where I received much of my clinical training in inpatient settings, community mental health centers, and college counseling centers.
Prior to transitioning into private practice, I held the positions of Associate Professor of Counseling, Associate Director of Clinical Training, and Director and Chairperson in the Counseling Center at Chicago State University. I currently teach courses in the Masters and Doctoral Counseling Programs at Argosy University in Chicago.
I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring their most personal narratives to therapy and collaborate with me toward their goals. Therapy with me will focus on identifying and removing emotional roadblocks so you can live a life of growth, authenticity, and purpose.
My commitment to understanding each unique individual experience has led me to continue to pursue training and education beyond my doctorate. In 2011, I received training in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, and I received Level I certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training (MBSR), all of which inform my work as a therapist.