I use she/her/hers or they/them/theirs pronouns. I am committed to staying curious, listening and approaching work with an appropriately timed sense of humor. My hope is to help clients find ways to be true to themselves, their feelings and their values so they can live the most fulfilling lives possible.
I view my practice through a trauma-informed lens. My clinical expertise and interests include grief, pet loss, aging, care giving, chronic conditions like HIV, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, substance abuse, chronic pain, depression, mood disorders and anxiety. I have worked extensively within the LGBTQ community and have a particular interest in working with partners of trans, GNC, and gender exploring people.
The core values of the social work profession are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. I share all of these values both professionally and personally. Particularly now, in our current world political climate, the importance of valuing the humanity of all people is integral to my practice.
In nearly twenty years I have cultivated a range of clinical experiences in a variety of settings including private practice, community health, primary care and acute hospital settings. In addition to holding a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, I have had training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and a certificate in Primary Care Integration from the University of Massachusetts. I have also completed the Illinois Domestic Violence Services 40-hour training.