LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
I graduated from Aurora University with a Master Degree of Social Work. I have always had a passion for helping people, as I firmly believe that everyone has strengths and deserves an opportunity to succeed. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have a wide range of experience working with individuals, ages 12 years and older. My specialties include, but are not limited to, addictions, anxiety, conduct disorder, depression and self-harm. I utilize a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have several years experience working with people who live with Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders. Along with providing individual therapy, I have extensive experience working in the criminal justice system, where I have spent several years providing case management in the Cook County Court System. I have worked in correctional settings and am a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Dixon Correctional Center, where I provide mental health services to males sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections. While at Dixon Correctional Center, I have had the opportunity to provide therapy and treat males who endured significant trauma, by empowering them to recognize their strengths as a survivor.
As a Mental Health Professional at Dixon Correctional Center, I have had an opportunity to facilitate support groups and serve on the board for the LGBTQI community. Whether a person identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or is questioning their sexuality, this can be a confusing and scary time for a person, and I am here to help. My experience includes, but is not limited to, assisting in decision making regarding hormone therapy, providing a safe haven for a person to openly discuss their sexuality, and advocating for the rights and needs of this population. As a therapist, I recognize that everyone has different life experiences and goals on how they identify, and I believe it’s important to meet each client where they are at in their journey. Therefore, my goal is to provide a comfortable and safe environment, where a client can openly discuss their goals without judgment.
As a therapist, I believe in developing a rapport with my clients and providing an empathic environment that is non-judgmental. I look forward to working with clients and helping them achieve their goals and live the life they desire and deserve.