I love being a counselor! Most of my experience has been working with young people. I believe that counseling a person during their teenage years can have a huge impact on a person’s future because of the crucial life changes that occur during that time. I really enjoy working in a school, because I know that when I was in high school, school was like a second home to me. I enjoy helping create that comfortable homey environment to the students I serve.
In my therapeutic work I use a combination of Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected, and being aware of our habits is the first step towards change. When working with students, I believe it is important to help discover what the student’s goals are, and making steps towards those goals. Students are the experts of their lives, and my number one priority is to help and advocate for them when they need it.
I grew up in Downers Grove, IL, and I graduated from Downers Grove South High School. I received my master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and my Bachelor’s in Human Development Family and Community Studies from The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Personally, I’m an avid runner, and I have ran too many races to count! I am a certified group fitness instructor, and I also teach several group fitness classes. I love animals, and I have a German Shepard rescue dog named Luna. When I have free time I love to go out to eat, be outside, watch movies, spend time with my family, and exercise!
Education and Qualifications
- Master’s in Counseling Psychology
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
- Professional Educational License in Illinois as a School Counselor
- Board Certified Telemental Health Provider