Over the course of my training, I have worked in various settings including community mental health, college counseling, substance abuse programs, trauma-informed intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and in private practice. Clinically, my interests include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, human sexuality and sex therapy, issues of self-esteem, and attachment theory. I am currently working on my dissertation, which focuses on intrasexual competition amongst women who identify as feminists.
Clinically, my therapy style comes from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework which aims to increase psychological flexibility through connecting deeply to values and the present moment. Additionally, I aim to incorporate other evidence-based interventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and often utilizes these approaches to foster and increase insight. I place emphasis on showing up as authentically as possible in the therapy room and strive to cultivate a comfortable, safe environment for sharing. For me, the strength of the therapeutic relationship is the strong foundation that supports effective therapeutic interventions, so continuous effort is made to provide affirmative, validating, and open dialogue. In addition to building and strengthening the therapeutic relationship, I aim to help clients build and strengthen relationships with themselves. Outside of my clinical work, I prefer to spend my time doing as much yoga as possible, tending to my many plants, and admiring my cat, Morty.
I am an advanced therapy extern pursuing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Adler University. I hold a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois.
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