Being a young adult, whether you are in your teens, 20s or 30s, is challenging. You are supposed to figure out who you are, what you want to do with your life and navigate relationships with friends, family, significant others... all while managing everyday stressors. These are often overwhelming and lonely tasks to accomplish. I empathize with the challenges young adulthood brings and I am here to help. I aim to create a safe and supportive environment to explore what is going on, in addition to helping you develop the skills needed to create the changes you are seeking. I am not a therapist who will simply smile and nod and ask how things are making you feel. I am in it with you and will work just as hard as you. While therapy is a space for self-care, it is also a place for growth. I am not afraid to talk about anything, so bring it on.
I earned my Master's degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Technically speaking, I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, or LCPC for short. I work from a psychodynamic viewpoint, and incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness into my practice. I have extensive training in Dr. Brené Brown's work giving me the letters CDWF (Certified Daring Way Facilitator) after my name. Her work talks about shame, vulnerability, resilience and belonging. CBT, DBT and mindfulness provide great tools for coping in the moment and the psychodynamic elements get to the underlying causes and patterns to why things might be the way they are now.
In addition, I am both a trained artist and athlete. I believe that my experiences both coaching and being a teammate has informed my work as a therapist.