I utilize compassion, relationship-building, and a gentle approach to create a collaborative environment. I specialize in anxiety, relationship distress, self-esteem, depression, substance use & life transitions for all people, especially folks ages 18-35. I have a special interest in working with Highly Sensitive Persons. I am passionate about social justice and serving historically marginalized groups.
I completed my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marquette University. I have over 10 years of experience, and I have enjoyed using my training as a licensed psychotherapist to help many different people from all walks of life. I aim to empower others, create awareness around difficult situations, and ultimately support people in creating meaningful lives and relationships.
I primarily use a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) framework which means we problem-solve together to understand and change the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with your fulfillment and success. More specifically, I utilize TEAM-CBT (TEAM=Testing, Empathy, Assessment of Resistance, Methods). This is an advanced application in cognitive-behavioral therapy developed by Dr. David Burns, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University. I attend a weekly TEAM-CBT training group led by Dr. David Burns himself.
I practice self-care using yoga and meditation, and if you're open to it, I may include some tenants of mindfulness in our work together. I am currently participating in a four-month Buddhist Psychology training program for clinicians offered by Matthew Brensilver through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. I will often incorporate other theories and skills (e.g. psychodynamic, acceptance & commitment therapy, etc.) with the understanding that each person's treatment should be individualized to their specific needs and preferences.
Prior clients have shared that they find me to be warm, welcoming, and non-judgemental.