"I do not believe in labeling people, but instead, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and support they need to live their best lives and be their best selves."
Each day I bring my authentic self to my practice. I often have my clients tell me, "it's so nice that you are a real person". I find bringing my fully flawed, constantly growing, and healing self allows my clients to feel comfortable and safe to bring their full selves to session. I encourage a collaborative client centered approach using a variety of techniques and therapeutic modalities. My most utilized approaches include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), and DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy). These techniques are evidence based, widely utilized, and easy to apply.
My belief is that everyone can benefit from therapy. It's not just for the chronically mentally ill, but for wellness, healing, and maintenance. Because I'm a social worker and an imformed by social work and sociology, I take into account clients' environments and the societal structures and systems that influence their mental and overall well-being.
I am always willing to provide guidance or resources to help alleviate some of the stress that results with issues such as housing challenges, food insecurity, lack of insurance coverage, discrimination, social injustice, toxic work environments, medical gaslighting, and poverty. We can work together to figure out how you can advocate for yourself, access available resources.
During my time in the field, I have worked with a variety of populations including children, adolescents, families, adults, and seniors. My experience includes working in a mental health hospital system in various levels of care, therapeutic school, hospice care, and non-profit agencies in areas of community mental health and domestic violence. I have worked as an outpatient therapist and clinical supervisor mentoring graduate students and indviduals in the field pursuing clinical licensure status. I also have extensive experience in private and group practices.
My ideal clients are mature adolescents or adults throughout the life span looking to improve their mental health. These clients may struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidality, self harm, or borderline personality disorders. I also help people navigate life's typical challenges such as loss of a loved one or pet, career challenges or job loss, failure to launch, seperation or divorce, interpsonal relationship challenges, aging, chronic stress, and romantic partnership challenges.
I am an animal lover often going anywhere my dogs can come too. I enjoy spending time outdoors kayaking, biking (I cheat it's an ebike), riding scooters, enjoying a pool day, and spending time at Lake Michigan. I also enjoy photography, playing video games, going out to eat, concerts, and comedy shows. My self care practices include daily gratitude, meditation, sound baths, yin and restorative yoga practices, spending time with friends and family.
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