About Me I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and have worked with adults, children, adolescents and families for twenty years. I attended the University of Wisconsin Madison where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1992. I completed my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997 at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois. I have worked in numerous settings including a residential treatment center, a crisis intervention agency, community mental health centers, an outpatient counseling center and now in private practice. I also worked providing in home counseling services to at risk children and adolescents for one agency and for young children (under the age of six) and their parents/families as part of an early childhood mental health program for a community mental health center. I have co facilitated groups for children of divorce and for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one through death. I have a special interest in working with grief and loss. In addition I worked for a brief time in a special needs classroom with children on the autism spectrum. Finally, I am also a parent of teenage twins and understand the struggles that we all go through as parents every day.
I work with children as young as two and up through young adulthood and college aged. I also see adults in my practice. I have an eclectic approach to therapy. I often work from a cognitive behavioral perspective helping you and/or your child change the way you think about things or respond to things to help reduce anxiety, depression, frustration and other negative feelings. I am also solution focused and help you to set goals for the changes you envision in your child's and your life. I strongly believe in family systems theory and involve parents and other family members in sessions. With young children and even some teens I frequently use play therapy as well as art therapy techniques. In therapy sessions I frequently like to incorporate mindfulness exercises that allow one to quiet and calm the mind and learn to relax and focus on the present moment and an inner quietness. This can be very helpful to adults and teens who suffer from anxiety, depression, strong emotions and self injury. I am a Christian counselor and also incorporate faith and spirituality if this support is helpful in treatment.