I celebrate the goodness and strength of my clients. I offer compassionate support to people who experience depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship challenges and significant life transitions. I am also interested in working with clients on issues of spirituality and meaning. It’s a privilege for me to join Mosaic Counseling & Wellness, and to work with clients 18 years of age and older at our Orland Park location.
I’ve always been a communicator with a penchant for healing. Earlier in life, I was a socially-conscious journalist and a teacher/scholar in the communications disciplines. Over time, I’ve sought to help people on a more personal level, and have trained and worked in the life coaching, hospice and chaplaincy fields.
I hold a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and am a Fellow of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy. As part of my prior career path, I earned a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a postdoctoral fellow in health communication and cancer prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
My orientation to therapy is primarily psychodynamic, though I also draw significantly from the mindfulness, person-centered and cognitive behavioral traditions. I have completed Level One training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and have used other emotionally-focused techniques with couples as well. I form a strong bond with my clients by listening deeply, relying on intuition and creativity, and following the client to the place where healing is most needed. Once there, we collaborate on the best ways to restore peace, balance and overall emotional health.