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.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency or crisis and needs immediate help, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Here are some additional crisis resources.