I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois and I have been practicing for 16 years. I received my Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002 with a specialty in Children and Families. I have worked a variety of different venues such as agencies, schools and residential treatment facilities and have experience in both individual and systems therapy. Treatment modalities that I use are Analytical, Cognitive-Behavioral, Strengths-based, Solutions-Focused therapy depending on which combination suits my client. Some areas in which I specialize are issues related to anxiety, low self-esteem, issues related to divorce/separation and family concerns.
In my approach, I allow for my client to direct the treatment plan and formulate their own treatment goals, which can change throughout treatment. The hallmark of therapy is the therapeutic relationship, so it is extremely important that the client feels a great level of trust and support. I believe that gaining insight into why behaviors occur can help to change behaviors. Overall, I see the therapist's role as one of support, guidance, active 'listening', and empowering the client to make positive changes. In my time as a therapist, I have done work with clients who deal with issues ranging from very severe mental health struggles to less severe issues related to new adjustments in life such as job changes or changes in location. I have had many experiences that have shaped my outlook and have strengthened my ability to be empathic towards my clients. Some of those experiences are divorce, being a single mother, endless dating, and being a professional in the helping field, managing life after loss and many others. I show much of myself in my work as a therapist as I think it is important to the therapeutic relationship to show a genuine self.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
I also have experience in LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression
LCSW #149014012 (Expires: 2019-11-30)
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