It takes courage to seek support from a therapist, which is why I work to create a space that is safe and affirming for my clients to be and explore who they are. I operate from a place of anti-oppression and radical empathy, and I believe you are the expert of your own life. Therapy should be a collaborative process that fosters growth, so I partner with clients to find opportunities to become the most authentic version of themselves, live a meaningful life, and achieve their goals.
I specialize in working with adolescents, and my approach is grounded in the belief that relationships can promote healing. I utilize a variety of therapy modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I know that our pain and suffering can also live in our bodies, so I approach therapy through a trauma-informed lens and may incorporate mindfulness techniques in our work together.
Master of Social Work, The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Master of Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Bachelor of Arts, DePaul University
During my graduate career, I worked in high schools with adolescents experiencing a variety of presenting concerns, meeting in both an individual and group setting. I have worked with both special education and general education students in eliminating the barriers to success through mental health interventions. Through that experience, I sought out training in Motivational Interviewing, ACT, and DBT, and I hold a Trauma-Informed Certificate from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. I have also attended trainings in Restorative Justice and seek opportunities for anti-racist education and action in my work.
Prior to my experience in the mental health field, I worked with at promise youth in education for almost a decade as a fifth grade teacher and nonprofit professional. Through that work, I learned the importance of collaborating with children and adolescents, families, community stakeholders, and systems in order to create pathways to expanded opportunity, particularly in our most marginalized communities.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance and HMO plans)