I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintain a private practice in Westchester, Illinois.
I have over 19 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist. After a long career in the insurance industry, I attended The Family Institute at Northwestern University to specialize in marriage and family therapy. I worked in a variety of settings including post adoption, parent education, community mental health, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence before starting my private practice in 2009. My areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, relational issues, adoption, trauma and grief.
My approach is collaborative and solution-focused because I believe that people are generally healthy and have the ability to help themselves once they can learn what keeps them stuck and maintaining the problem. This insight will open up a range of solutions. Through emotional support and understanding along with practical feedback I help clients effectively address life challenges using a personalized approach tailored to each client. My clients find me calm, compassionate and nonjudgemental as I help build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I received a Masters of Science in Marital and Family Therapy (MSMFT) from The Family Institute at Northwestern University and currently hold a license in the State of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) #180-005049.
I am an Affiliate Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). I serve as an Individual Supervisor for graduate students in the MSMFT program at The Family Institute.
I am also a trained IFS therapy, having completed training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy (Level One). I believe that we all have a healthy Self and that it is normal and natural to also have an internal system made up of parts with distinct characteristics who function much like a family. We feel good when our Self is in charge and the system is in harmony. Therapy involves attention, not only to one's external system (partners, family, workplace, community) but also to the internal system, for the purpose of promoting healing, awareness and solutions. For more information on the Internal Family Systems Model please visit the website: www.selfleadership.org.