Welcome! There is no beauty in "settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." It is time to be courageous and see what might be causing you to settle. While it may require hope, perseverance, and patience, you'll be glad you did!
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois. I received a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University (NU), training at The Family Institute at Northwestern. Additionally, I have a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, focusing on Marriage and Family from Liberty University, obtaining clinical training in faith-based solutions. Perhaps the greatest gift of these two opportunities is that Northwestern is a liberal school and Liberty is a Conservative Christian school. The convergence of the two ideologies on my professional work with individuals and couples aligns with the profession's aspirational core values of acceptance, appreciation, and diversity inclusion.
I am trained with a systemic view of change, using empirically-based information that the profession and I know works. I hold a firm belief in unconditional positive regard, goodness, and the importance of interconnectedness among ALL humanity. It is an honor to be used as an instrument of healing for another. I do not take the responsibility lightly as I strive to remain curious, nonjudgmental, and compassionate for ALL people. I will be showing up with my A-game, and I look forward to helping you.
When working with individuals, I specialize in relational concerns, anxiety, stress, shame, depression, and compassion fatigue. I focus primarily on high functioning individuals such as nurses, doctors, pastors, or therapists experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, or compassion fatigue. You may have sleep issues, sadness, apathy, tiredness, anger, fear, or lack of attention to your emotional needs. At the same time, you are so good at hiding it that no one notices. Often, you may not feel seen or understood.
Working with couples, I specialize in communication gridlock and emotional disengagement. Another focus of specialization are couples trying to move past an affair or a financial betrayal. I also have a passion for premarital education and assisting couples with cohabitation issues. Perhaps one or both partners is considering divorce or separation; I can help here as well.
I utilize Gottman therapy, Prepare/Enrich, Discernment Counseling, and Financial Therapy in the context of couple work. I use cognitive-based approaches, the IFS model, mindfulness, psychoeducation , and compassion fatigue techniques for individuals. I believe couples and individuals need mental health check-ups, ensuring you are not sliding into a relapse from prior therapeutic work. Regardless of the problem, all require a relapse plan and relapse prevention plan.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Forgiveness, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
IL LMFT 166.001443
CO LMFT MFT.0001949
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Very nice person who is truely engaged in other people
Written on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Steven for 7 months on issues concerning career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Steven has been a huge advocate in my mental health. He has made me feel safe when we are in our sessions. I have a long road ahead of me but my sessions with Steven has made me feel like it's all achievable.
Written on Dec 06, 2021 after therapy with Steven for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Steven has been a wonderful help to me and I would highly recommend him!
Written on Aug 27, 2021 after therapy with Steven for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt
I am feeling much more relaxed after only two sessions
Written on Jun 14, 2021 after therapy with Steven for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd