When relational stress, worry, fears, insecurities, hopelessness or loss become overwhelming, you do not need to suffer alone. I consider it a privilege to come alongside clients as they find meaning and hope in the midst of their circumstances. One of my greatest joys as a counselor is helping clients work through their struggles, find freedom and enjoy a full life.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and French from The College of William and Mary and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College. I have worked in a wide variety of settings including community mental health agencies, a church, private practice and a substance abuse center. Through these various experiences, I have found that my clinical interests include trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, addiction and life transitions. While I have worked with all ages, I especially enjoy helping middle school and high school students as they form their identity and deal with the stressors and questions that come from growing up and transitioning into adulthood. In order to best serve this population, I have received training in play therapy and incorporate play and art techniques into sessions to provide clients space to express themselves.
My approach to counseling tends to focus on attachment, the power of the therapeutic relationship and the importance of making meaning out of experiences. While I have counseled people with diverse religious backgrounds, I have a Christian worldview and love to integrate faith into sessions. That being said, I always follow your lead on how little or much you want to incorporate spirituality into counseling and tailor the therapeutic techniques used in session to you and your family’s needs.
Some of my favorite things include watching sports (especially when rooting for the Chicago Cubs or Bears), cooking, traveling, French language and culture, being outdoors and working out. I look forward to partnering with you for part of your journey towards a healthier and more purposeful life.