I think success in therapy means that my client feels they have achieved goals and have methods to independently overcome challenges that they wanted support with for a time. Stating goals and looking at where a client started and how close they feel to their goals is one way to look at progress. I think some clients enter therapy having some difficulty thinking about their own strengths and resources, and finding success is partially learning how to focus on and utilize these strengths. I also believe in having straightforward conversations about progress, about when a client feels a method of therapy or particular idea does or does not work for them, and about achieving and setting new goals.
I enjoy collaborating with clients on their goals, and this is much of what we focus on initially. For some clients, talking about what is most difficult and thinking about positive change is a process that slowly leads to ideas for specific goals. Other clients may come with very specific goals in mind, and in that case, collaboration is more focused on what that end goal will look like, how it will feel, and how the client will know that the goal has been met. I think being able to envision life with goals met and challenges overcome is very powerful.
I respect that coming to therapy is a choice a client makes to do something good for themselves. For some people this may be easy and a common occurrence, and for others it's really a hurdle to try something new and share with someone they don't know. I have my LCSW, and social work strongly believes in the autonomy of the client. I believe people are the experts on themselves, and therapists are present to meet them where they are at and to help clients with what is most important to them. My personality is laid back and as a therapist I feel I'm open minded, accepting, and easy to talk to. My methods are based on what a client wishes to work on and they are client focused. I use solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness, and am working to learn more about IFS and additional forms of trauma treatment and to gain additional certifications to expand treatment methods.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Positive and negative change can be difficult, including things like moving, breaking up, adjusting to parenthood, or changing careers. It’s normal to feel stressed, however, life transitions can inhibit people from living healthy lifestyles.
Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors that cause problems in school, at home, and in social situations. Can include hyperactivity, impulsivity, defiant behavior, chronic patterns of aggression, defiance, disruption, and/or hostility.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Autism spectrum disorder
A developmental disability that impacts communication and behavior. Onset typically occurs during early childhood, but an individual may be diagnosed at any point in life. Severity of the disorder varies along a spectrum. Accordingly, challenges associated with verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal interactions, and restricted/repetitive behaviors vary as well.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
IL, LCSW, 149017983
MSW, Children and Families, Medical Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
I think of my work history as well rounded, and I currently enjoy working with adult clients in an online private practice format. Following my masters program, I worked with older adults and their families within skilled nursing, assisted living, and long term care insurance settings addressing accompanying planning and challenges. After years of this work, I began working with children and families at a private clinic. In this setting, I provided family therapy sessions, child therapy sessions, and social skills training and support for children with special needs. I currently work with adults of all ages, particularly those wishing to process experiences and make changes in their lives, those experiencing anxiety and/or depression, and those experiencing challenges within their families or relationships.
Fairfield avenue, Chicago, 60622, IL