I am the owner and president of both Andersonville Psychology and Chicago Mindful Therapy. Currently, my focus has shifted to supporting our staff in their clinical work while also continuing to develop both practices. I am only working with the caseload I have built at this point and will not be taking on new clients for the foreseeable future.
In my work as a therapist, I rely heavily on the cognitive-behavioral framework. This means I focus a lot on helping clients identify underlying beliefs about themselves, the world, and the future that may not be serving them currently. Together we explore the possible roots of these beliefs and work to find evidence for or against them in the client’s life. I also employ mindfulness techniques and make use of the relationship between my client and myself. The relationship between a therapist and a client is a novel one. Much of its strength comes from its boundaries and from the therapist’s role as a non-judgmental observer and advisor.
After growing up in and around Louisville, Kentucky and completing my bachelors degree in psychology, I moved with my now-husband to Chicago in 2010 to begin graduate school at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where I earned my doctorate. I developed an interest in psychology after managing my own mental health struggles as a teenager. I consider myself very fortunate to have chosen a career that continues to be challenging, fulfilling, and exciting to me, and I have a great appreciation for the vulnerability and courage my clients demonstrate when we begin our work together.
Much of my clinical work and training has focused on the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to identifying as a member of this community myself, I have completed specialized training in working this population and I continue to build upon my knowledge base with periodic advanced training opportunities.