- Bachelors in Social Work from Anderson University
- Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2005
- Experience working with children on the Autism spectrum
- Specializes in postpartum depression and maternal stress and anxiety
- Skilled in:
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Family Centered Therapy
- Grief Counseling
- Crisis Therapy
- Coping with Chronic Illness
- Goal Setting
- Peer Relationships
- Relational Issues
- Socialization Skills
I live locally and am married with 3 young daughters. When I began my career 13 years ago working with adults and children with developmental disabilities and concerns about their mental health, I was inspired by their resilience and determination despite their physical and mental challenges. It was so fulfilling to encourage them to set and accomplish their goals. I decided that I wanted my life’s path to have the ability to come alongside with people and help them to overcome difficult situations. Following my masters education, I provided addictions counseling at the University of Illinois, and trauma, grief, and family centered counseling at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois and St. Francis Medical Center of Illinois. I have also worked in private practice counseling individuals, couples, children, and families.
As a mother myself, I understand the feelings of stress and anxiety that come with balancing work, life, family, and home. There is a delicate balance in caring for your family and remembering to care for yourself as well. I specialize in helping women identify areas in their life that are overwhelming and causing feelings of anxiety and depression. Together we create plans and strategies to reduce stress and increase their feelings of worth and self confidence while helping them cope and balance their everyday lives.
I have a passion to see people discover and embrace their purpose. It’s my belief that the challenges you face have so much to do with the influences of your past and present, as well as your environment and the world around you. Therefore, I utilize a holistic approach to counseling. I believe that everyone can benefit from having a safe place to talk and share what they are going through. Whether it’s a major life stressor or just a bump in the road, I strive to help every client identify the barriers to their success, and create a plan to develop their greatest potential.