I love watching people make positive changes, and being part of that process.
As a child, I was surrounded by stories of people overcoming adversity and being resilient in the face of overwhelming obstacles. I became aware of the impact of family disruptions, medical illnesses and social connections and the meaning we give to the events in our lives. I also met people who had also experienced dislocation and lost loved ones due to issues of race, religion and culture.
I became an artist, painting “stories”about what it means to be human and the connection between ourselves and others. And I became a therapist, to understand those stories in a different way.
For more than 30 years, I have been helping people express their concerns, gain insight and increase their motivation to make significant changes. Having worked in a variety of behavioral health settings including private practice, health care and community organizations, I am committed to supporting people through difficult situations and times of crisis.
My focus is to help my clients and their families find hope, increase resiliency and develop the ability to persevere when there may not be easy answers. Together, we can develop and implement a plan for productive change.
People come into therapy for a variety of reasons: to create positive changes, improve family relationships or as the result of a crisis. When we first meet, I want to get to know who you are, what has led you to seek therapy, and how I can help. We all have pain in our lives at some point, triggered by a death in the family, impending divorce, a loved one's alcoholism, or simply feeling overwhelmed by everyday obligations.
I build collaborative and healing environments with my clients. I want to help you nurture your strengths, grieve your losses, and fill your future with greater possibilities.
University of Chicago, A.M. in Social Work
University of Illinois, Certificate in School Social Work
Southern Illinois University, Masters in Fine Arts
Ohio University, Bachelors of Fine Arts
Chicago Center for Family Health, Certificate in Couples Therapy and Families with Physical Illnesses
Professional associations and licensure
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
National Association of Social Workers
Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Illinois Licensed School Social Worker