I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and have provided outpatient individual therapy for 10 years. I spent the first half of my career providing therapy in community mental health centers; and the second half in an outpatient behavioral health clinic within a hospital. I developed an interest in the area of trauma treatment early on, and have focused much of my post-graduate learning on understanding the effects of complex trauma on individuals, and learning ways to help individuals reprocess their traumatic experiences. Some modalities I frequently use include EMDR, Polyvagal techniques, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, and Internal Family Systems; and incorporate self-care for mind and body into therapy. I believe in starting with what is most concerning to the client right now, and empowering individuals to find the techniques and self awareness needed to overcome life's struggles, develop resilience, and learn to care for themselves.
I value my Master's in Social Work degree, because of the consideration given to social systems and environmental factors, in developing a treatment plan and tailoring the therapy to address each individual's needs. I have an ongoing passion for learning and empowering others to learn and apply aquired knowledge and self-awareness to their personal experiences. I enjoy providing a therapeutic environment that includes safety, predictability, respect, humor, support, and connection.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149015750
Helen is a great therapist! She is very kind, funny, and open minded. She helped me so much with my anxiety. I ended up moving out of state where the laws require me to have a therapist in the same state as me, otherwise I would have loved to continue with her!
Written on Aug 15, 2021 after therapy with Helen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties
Helen is a very good counselor. She listens and is not judgmental at all. She is very good at making sure you know your feelings are valid. She’s a very good counselor.
Written on Aug 14, 2021 after therapy with Helen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Helen has been amazing! She is a great listener, and I appreciate her ability to give me constructive criticism without making me feel judged. She made it easy to discuss a lot of difficult subject matter and gave me some really great strategies to use when I'm feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Helen is patient, kind, and exceptionally gifted. I feel very fortunate to have been paired with her right off the bat, and would highly recommend working with her!
Written on Jun 30, 2021 after therapy with Helen for 3 weeks on issues concerning coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue