I am a strong believer that therapy can help us move through challenging times in our life to a place of peace and continued growth. My role as a therapist is to help you discern what it is you want to work on and to provide you with support and tools to make positive changes in your life. My hope is that clients find therapy to be a safe and non-judgmental space where they are able to feel supported by me as they navigate through the difficulties in their lives and find new ways to cope and to grow. I practice from an integrated treatment approach which incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive, emotionally focused, and trauma-informed therapy models. Your goals for what you hope to get from therapy will guide our work together.
Individual therapy is a space that is all your own. Here you have the opportunity to receive support and discover how to get to the place that you want to be in your life. When life is stressful or painful, therapy provides a place where you do not have to be alone in your pain. Honoring and working through difficult emotions is part of the healing process and in therapy I will encourage and support you through that journey. I help clients dealing with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life changes, job stress, trauma, grief and loss, caregiver stress and compassion fatigue, relationship issues, and human-animal bond concerns.
We choose to be in a relationship because we are hoping to find support and love from that person and to offer it in return. When there is anger, hurt, and distress in our relationship it can be hard to resolve on our own. In couples counseling I help couples deepen their understanding of the conflict happening between them and how to find ways to be empathetic and understanding towards each other. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as a framework for my work with couples. To learn more about EFT, click here.
Supporting the human-animal bond
For many people, their pets are considered part of their family. And when a crisis situation arises with their pet, it can cause a great deal of stress for those who love and care for this pet. Even with a wonderful team of pet professionals providing support, some pet owners find it helpful to have their own counseling space where they can process their feelings and work through the difficult decisions they face regarding their pet. I work with people caregiving for a pet with “special needs”, making the difficult decisions about rehoming or euthanasia, and experiencing the loss and grief when saying goodbye to their pet.
If you are interested in setting up an appointment or have more questions about therapy, you can give me a call at (872) 216-0255 or email me at [email protected] I offer a 20 minute initial phone consultation at no charge to answer any questions you have and offer initial support.
Therapy sessions are 50-55 minutes long and the fee is $125/hour. Counseling services are often reimbursable by most insurance companies. I am a provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, Cigna, and Medicare, and I work with other insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. If you do not have insurance we can negotiate your fee in our first session. I currently have evening and weekend appointment times available and have an office downtown and an office on the northside of Chicago.