Harm reduction, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
With over 20 years of experience as a mental health practitioner and advocate in the field of social services, I bring a strength-based, solution-focused approach to my work, identifying achievable goals as we navigate your growth and healing together. I provide a supportive and compassionate space to address, explore, and process life's transitions and stressors, while building upon your resiliency.
Therapy is an individualized journey and partnership between us. One in which I strive to assist you in identifying effective coping and self-care strategies to live your most authentic, joyful life. Goals stem from your inner guidance, wisdom, and sense of self.
BS - Social Work, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
MSW - University of Illinois Chicago
My decision to become a social worker was born out of my deep passion for social change and creating a career around making a difference in the lives of others, both on an individual and collective community level. I find working with and supporting people in a therapeutic role to be most rewarding when I can assist people in reconnecting with and trusting themselves.
I have been teaching group fitness classes for the past 15 years, which offers me an opportunity to support others in finding a love of movement, as well as a new comfort level and strength in their body-mind-spirit. Exercise is my primary means of caring for my mental health and joy.
Besides exercise, I love spending relaxed time with my husband, my 2 cats, and enjoying good food and coffee. Naps are also high on the list to reset and recharge, as well as listening to music.
My favorite non-profits are the animal shelters where I've gotten my dogs and cats over the years. I can't imagine my life without the unconditional love these amazing beings have given to me and want to support the organizations doing such important animal welfare work.
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