Approach to Therapy
My goal in therapy is to meet clients where they are and to tailor the therapy experience to meet their needs and goals. The aim of therapy for me is to help remove constraints clients have in the past or are currently experiencing that prevent them from living their best most rewarding, healthy, or balanced life in their relationship with themselves, their partner, family or friends. I believe the relationship between the client and the therapist needs to be built on trust and a safe space and I work to cultivate this in each session and therapeutic alliance. In addressing clients reasons for entering therapy this translates to my usage of an integrative approach focused on staying problem centered and change motivated. I believe in a straight-forward and transparent therapy with the aim of empowering clients to create lasting and impacting change in their lives.
Education and Training
- BS in Business Management and Leadership: Miami University
- MS in Marriage and Family Therapy: Northwestern University
- 200-hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Illinois
My experiences after completing my undergraduate degree in Business Management fueled my desire to work in the psychology field and helped lead me to the career of Marriage and Family therapist. While working in the business world for five years post my undergraduate graduation was rewarding professionally, I knew that when I began to academically explore the field of mental health in my research assistantship at The University of Hawaii that my past and future were meant to converge with my studying therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. The decision to become a Marriage and Family therapist emerged from the intersection of my personal, professional, and academic experiences which when examined retrospectively and collectively form a clear path that leads to my current position as a systemic therapist and provides a well-rounded skill set to bring into therapy with clients.
Additionally, my role as an MFT merged with my personal, professional and academic goals when I became a certiﬁed Yoga teacher in 2013. My drive for balance between mind and body created greater clarity in the type of work I aspired to accomplish and cultivate in my life. This training of patience, compassion for oneself and others, and truthfulness through words and actions, helps me bring a holistic and rooted presence into therapy and helps clients reconnect or deepen the connection between their bodies and their minds.