I am a therapist who believes that clients should be empowered to guide therapy based on their own goals. I strive to create a safe shared space for therapy where clients can explore their own feeling, thoughts, and experiences. I am committed to working with clients from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. My therapeutic focus is helping clients heal and grow as well as challenging them to develop their own skills for adapting to the many challenges of life.
My hope as a therapist is to help clients find their own strength, knowledge, and self-compassion. Gaining this self-awareness can help clients set healthy boundaries, interact with compassion to their loved ones, and escape feelings of being defined by their past. I often use the power of art, creative expression, and humor in my sessions.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, and people in committed relationships. My therapeutic interests include: parent/child relationships, couple dynamics, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, multicultural issues, and use of art in sessions.
My life has always been split between my artistic pursuits and my interest in the human mind/relationships. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Psychology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking. I also have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
When not in the clinic, I can be found in my garden, sketching ideas for my next artwork, or trying to learn a new language.