I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I have been practicing mental health therapy for more than 15 YEARS. I have earned a Masters of Science in Community Counseling degree from Eastern Illinois University. I currently work in private practice in addition to working online with Betterhelp. I believe that ANIMALS are a great benefit to our mental health. I use ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY in my office location. I work with a certified facility dog named Sheldon, to help clients feel comforted during sessions. I enjoy hearing about client experiences with their animals as support or comfort. I will offer my experience in ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY to help any client who may have questions or comments regarding their own animal as emotional support at home.
My therapeutic style is to meet you where you are in every aspect of your life. I feel it is very important to provide each client with a down to earth, non-judgmental approach. I draw from many different theories, depending on each client’s needs. I often draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Person Centered Therapy. In addition, I will draw from a variety of other theories and techniques depending on the client’s goals and needs within each session. I believe every person is different and the approach should be tailored to that specific individual.
I can help with ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, Bi-POLAR DISORDER, RELATIONSHIP ISSUES, SELF-ESTEEM, CO-DEPENDENCY, INTIMACY DIFFICULTIES and MANY other personal issues or concerns. I have a great amount of experience working with LGBTQ clients as well.
I feel privileged to be able to help and become a part of each client’s personal journey. I believe that we, as human beings, all need support from others at some time in our lives.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IA LMHC 099853
IL LCPC 180007006
I have been with Karla for a almost two years now and I love her. I feel like Karla really understands my issues and helps me work through them in the best way for me. I have already recommended her to several friends and family members. 10/10 for sure.
Written on Sep 21, 2020 after therapy with Karla for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties
Karla is amazing at creating a calm, safe atmosphere to talk through each week's struggles and wins. I look forward to each week's session for the perspective I gain and to recommit to the gentle, small steps towards self confidence and healing that have already done much more for me than I could have done alone.
Written on Jul 31, 2020 after therapy with Karla for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Before trying BetterHelp I had been kind of burned out by therapists. But when I had my first video session with Karla I knew I had found that person I need. Someone to listen and be understanding. But who will also call me on my sh*t when I need it. I look forward to talking to her.
Written on Jul 28, 2020 after therapy with Karla for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and adhd
I love Karla, she is amazing. She suggest different ways and techniques on how to manage the anxiety. Since I been working with her I feel more calm my approach to things have changed
Written on Nov 21, 2019 after therapy with Karla for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
Karla is absolutely incredible and I recommend her to everyone!
Written on Jul 11, 2019 after therapy with Karla for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
I always appreciate her help whenever I need some advice. The breathing technique she taught me has helped and made a significant change in my anger control or when I'm anxious in general. She's awesome!
Written on Mar 15, 2019 after therapy with Karla for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties