I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and I decided to become a therapist because I enjoy helping people and have a natural ability to listen and empathize with others. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose University and earned my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University Chicago.
During my studies, I assisted with published research projects that addressed social justice issues, and I became very passionate about helping adolescents who experienced chronic, and big "T" traumas. I completed my clinical training at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Chicago that specialized in treating PTSD. After graduating from Loyola, I worked at an adolescent group home in Indianapolis where I gained valuable experience with crisis de-escalation and helping children and families involved in the welfare system. Many of my early experiences pushed my interest towards utilizing somatic psychotherapy interventions such as yoga, meditation, guided imagery, and deep breathing to effectively release tension and stress in the body caused by trauma. Inviting my clients to intuitively move and truly do what feels good, tends to increase awareness of their feelings and bodily sensations, as well as gain a sense of control and ownership over their physical body.
.... is to provide my clients with a comfortable space where they are able to share their narratives and collaboratively learn, grow and heal at their own pace. I am certified in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method, trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I practice somatic psychotherapy. I specialize in providing treatment to adolescents and adults with trauma backgrounds through using a holistic, mind-body approach. I have experience working with diverse populations with people of all ages addressing concerns such as anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, low self-esteem, and sexual abuse.