You may struggle with entrenched feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, or shame. You may feel disappointed and frustrated by your relationships. Or, you may be going through a difficult transition at work or at home. You don’t have to suffer or struggle on your own. I will work with you to help you better understand yourself, identify what’s getting in the way, and take the steps you need to achieve greater fulfillment — in your relationships, your work, and most importantly, within.
I look forward to getting to know you, hearing your story, helping you see your strengths, and being a voice of encouragement. As part of our work together, we’ll utilize tailored approaches and techniques from evidence-based practices that will help you gain insight and perspective, learn coping skills and strategies, and make the necessary changes to achieve your goals.
I specialize in working with adults who are dealing with trauma/PTSD, anxiety and stress, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, parenting struggles, and career challenges. My approach is warm and encouraging and I strive to create a safe space in which you can freely explore. I believe insight is important, but equally important are the actions that result in change. I encourage my clients to experiment with “trying on” new ways of thinking about themselves and what’s possible.
One of the major underlying tenets of my work is the power of neuroplasticity — the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. The brain is literally remodeled through life experiences, gene expression, biological processes, thought patterns, and behavior. When we practice new ways of thinking and acting, those ways eventually become habit and our old, unhelpful patterns fade.
I also place a lot of importance on continuously educating myself. I love reading about and listening to new ideas about psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness, and actively bring this knowledge to my work.
My Background and Education
I bring a unique perspective and skill set, as well as life experience, to my work. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I enjoyed a successful career in the corporate world for 18 years. There, I developed business vision and strategies and led teams through coaching and collaboration. I bring this same results-orientation to you, as my client, helping you create a vision for your life and working with you toward this vision. My experience in corporate America gave me an insider’s view of the rewards and challenges of a demanding work environment, so I bring deep empathy to the pressure you may be feeling. I can help you clarify your professional and personal values and priorities, navigate professional relationships and issues, and help you to improve how your work and life outside of work complement each other.
Here is my quick story. I earned a BA from Knox College where I majored in Mathematics and Economics, graduating summa cum laude. I then earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I spent the next 18 years in leadership roles in brand management within large corporations and as an independent marketing strategy consultant. Throughout my career I was involved in the community as a volunteer and really felt gratified by this work.
As much as I enjoyed my time in the business world, I wanted to make a difference in others’ lives on a personal level, just as I did as a volunteer. Contemplating a new career was scary, but I decided to return to graduate school at Northwestern University. There I earned an MA in Counseling and graduated with academic distinction. I received my clinical training in community mental health settings and at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, and gained valuable experience as a practitioner at Urban Balance, a group private practice. I am now a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and am deeply satisfied that my purpose is to help people discover how they can live a happier, more fulfilling life.