I believe in the transformative power of the therapeutic bond – I have experienced it as a client and I am privileged to share it with my own clients.
Life is Ever-Changing
With that change comes struggle, challenge, failure, and crisis. All of these things are essential to evolve. These changes require guidance and sometimes healing. Because everything in our lives grows from the base of our relationships, my practice is deeply rooted in family systems. I do not see therapy as something for the “afflicted”, I see it as a vehicle to help us reach our highest potential psychologically and relationally. My therapeutic approach comes from psychodynamic, cognitive, and attachment theoretical frameworks. This work is my passion, and my clients describe my style as warm and authentic.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois working with people from age 5 through age 65 of all races, genders, sexual orientation and cultures. I received my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University. Throughout my internship and clinical practice, I have developed skills working with children living with ADHD, Gender Identity exploration, Behavioral Problems, Depressive disorders and Anxiety. I have also cultivated a specialty in working with parents of special needs children.
My other areas of expertise are working with families of addiction and/or mental illness, couples counseling, anxiety/depression, mood issues and working with Transgender and gender queer teens and young adults. I am a member of WPATH and am part of Lurie Children’s Hospital Gender Non-conforming Clinicians Collaborative. I have completed continuing education in the areas of Trauma and Attachment, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Counseling for Transgender Clients, Ethics and Couples Counseling from the Male Perspective.
Prior to attending graduate school, I worked in the Marketing and Advertising industry for 10 years. As I focused then on research-driven, lifecycle solutions for clients I am proud to shift that focus towards life-stage focused clinical practice from a research-based approach. I am absolutely ecstatic to combine my business expertise and passion for helping others through Evolution Counseling, Inc.
Specialties & Philosophy
Specialties: depression, anxiety, adult children of disordered parents, individuals struggling with transition, behavioral issues, parenting issues and transgender clients.
Treatment Philosophy: I am committed to the long-term evolution and healing of all people regardless of race, sex, gender, gender identity or ethnicity.