Education

I received my Masters of Social Work in 1993 from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, where I specialized in behavioral health. I have completed trainings in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Behavioral Tech, University of Washington. My mindfulness background includes professional training in 2011 with Zindel Segal and Susan Johnson in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. I am currently in my third year of training to become a certified Somatic Experiencing therapist.

Background and experience

Most recently, I provided individual, couples, family and group therapy for twelve years at The Center for Contextual Change (at offices in Chicago, Oak Park, and Skokie).

My focus at CCC was on treating clients affected by trauma, particularly interpersonal trauma, in a systemic manner. I also provided therapy to clients struggling with adjustment issues, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and depression.

As director of Young Adult Programming at the Center, I facilitated regular peer consultation meetings and developed a workshop for other professionals (‘‘When Worlds Collide: Awareness, Attunement, and Actualization of the Emerging Adult.”)

Clinical specialties

  • anxiety, depression
  •  trauma, PTSD and developmental PTSD
  •  relationship issues
  •  life transitions
  •  challenges during emerging adulthood

Therapeutic approaches

My therapeutic approach is client-centered and eclectic. I use evidence-based approaches (CBT, DBT, and mindfulness techniques). Based on my client’s needs, some of my approaches include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  •  Mindfulness-based skills and practice
  •  Emotion Regulation skills
  •   Imagery
  •   Somatic Experiencing

Memberships

  • Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

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