I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP). I graduated from Lewis University with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.
I began my career as a social worker for a private agency of DCFS. There I provided case management services for low-income communities and provided services for the foster children and their families who were in DCFS custody. I was able to help provide clients services addressing various issues including mental health, substance use, LGBTQ experiences, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
I later transferred to the clinical department where I was able to provide therapy services one on one to help the same clients process and heal from their experiences of trauma and/or removal of their children from their care. I worked with mostly adolescents and adults.
Simultaneously I worked with Guardian Angel Community Services where I was a volunteer clinician and provided therapy services to the victims of the domestic violence community and also helped service the emergency shelter for those who were fleeing a dangerous domestic violence situation. I worked with children, adolescents, and adults and also provided and ran group therapy services in the form of a women’s empowerment group.
I am experienced in working with those struggling with depression; anxiety; trauma; domestic violence; grief; relationships, parenting, behavioral, and career issues; financial hardship; self-identity; social skills; caregiver stress; adoption, and other difficult life situations.
I feel that I naturally connect with people easily and can provide empathy and validation to those who seek my help and services. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space and meet my clients where they are at when they come through my door. I actively try to understand my client’s point of view and am accepting of their feelings and emotions. I use positive, non-threatening communication to foster a collaborative and autonomous relationship with each client. I find that I am a strong support for my clients and believe that as a clinician we are our client’s greatest advocates. The client/therapist relationship is the most important factor in counseling, and I am committed to providing compassion, support, and encouragement to help each client foster a sense of personal growth to create a healthier, happier, better quality of life. I tailor each client sessions to the need of that particular client.
Clinical approaches and treatment modalities include: Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), culturally sensitive, and strengths based.