Therapy Practice

I take a relational approach to ALL of my work because, as humans, we are wired to connect with others. Relationships are critical to overall wellness, health and healing. I find the things that bring clients into therapy are those that most deeply impact their interactions with the people closest to them.  

 

We all have the innate ability to affect positive change in our lives, but there are times when we need a caring professional to guide the way to becoming “unstuck.” Often, life experiences and patterns in our past contribute to the roadblocks that keep us stuck in our current lives and relationships. I help couples and individuals uncover the things that get in the way of fulfillment.  

 

While the strategies I use are all rooted in evidence-based research and theory, being human is my most important tool. My first order of business is always to gain an understanding of each person’s lived experience. What feels horrible and intolerable to me is not the same thing that feels horrible and intolerable to anyone else—including my partner.

 

I want to know what it’s really like to be in your life and relationships, without judgment. From there, I bring in theoretical principles to help explain and normalize what might be underlying the issues at hand. (Spoiler alert: It’s fairly unlikely that it is because you are losing your mind or are a horrible person.)


Much of my work focuses on addressing challenges resulting from life transitions, infidelity, and physical, sexual, or emotional disconnection. Through the therapy process, clients and I work collaboratively to identify interaction patterns, build skills to cope with relationship distress, and deepen understanding of both the individuals and/or their partners.

 

​I am LGBTQIA affirming and I value race, culture, and gender as critical parts of all of our identities.

Specialties

  • Relationship Counseling (couple and individual)

  • Infidelity Counseling

  • Intentional Separation

  • Discernment Counseling

  • Divorce Coaching

  • Sex Positive Therapy

  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Training

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois

  • M.S.,  Family Counseling -  Northeastern Illinois University

  • M.S., Secondary Education - Ohio University

  • B.S., Education - Ohio University

Contact

Tel: ​(844) 546-6642 ​ |  10024 Skokie Blvd., Suite 207 Skokie, IL, 60077

To book a session or inquire about therapy services, please call the office directly at (844) 546-6642. 

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