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Since 2003, I have been working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Illinois, I am passionate about guiding clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, complicated grief, and family of origin issues toward healing and freedom. I enjoy working with difficult communication issues and patterns of conflict in couples and parent/child relationships by teaching individuals how to recognize and release themselves from repeating destructive coping patterns in their current relationships. I am trained in EMDR and utilize this and other strategies to help clients get unstuck from a variety of issues including PTSD, other trauma reactions, and phobias.
I offer family and couples therapy as well as premarital counseling. Using Systems approaches as well as Emotional Focused Therapy principles and techniques, I help relationships move toward greater intimacy and connection. As a trained administrator for Prepare-Enrich Premarital and Marital Assessments, I have these fantastic tools available to use with clients as well. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and their families and enjoy the unique aspects of working with this age group.
In my work with individuals, I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). For more information on this helpful treatment approach, you can go to http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/ . These approaches help clients gain insight as they identify root causes for problems and replace negative beliefs with more positive and adaptive ones. Clients also learn practical tools they can use at home.
My Christian faith and worldview shapes my life and work. If clients desire, I enjoy integrating faith into our work together. Addressing and integrating faith into therapy is the sole choice of the client and will never be forced or pressed. The therapeutic relationship is a safe place and free of judgment. I work with my clients to help them achieve the their own stated goals.
Please feel free to call me for any further questions or to set up an initial appointment.
Insurance: In-network with BCBS PPO, Blue Choice PPO, and Blue Choice Preferred.