I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who specializes in working with young, and not so young, adults and artists/creatives who are struggling with life transitions, self confidence/self esteem, and issues of identity. I can help you manage the stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and uncertainty that often accompanies major life changes including career/job transitions, family/relationship changes, loss, and traumatic events. I will help you manage your self-critical voices and gain meaningful insights into your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions which will help empower you to make the changes you need. My approach is integrative, holistic, and strengths-based, influenced largely by my multicultural background and experience in the expressive arts and improvisational theater.
I earned my MA in Counseling Psychology/Drama Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA and my BA with a major in Neuroscience & Behavior from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. I have specialized training in the Expressive Arts Therapies and EMDR. I have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years and have provided a wide range of clinical services in a variety of settings including hospitals, social service and community mental health organizations, and counseling/psychotherapy clinics. I have also served as a former Clinical Director for a Holistic Group Psychotherapy Practice, Program Coordinator for the CIIS Drama Therapy Program, and Co-Artistic Director of Playback Theater Northwest, and am currently part of the Chicago based comedy Improv group the TherapyPlayers.
Whether you’ve attended counseling before or not, I make the therapy process comfortable, relaxed, and non-threatening . While exploring emotions can be serious, I find that there is also a place for lightheartedness and laughter. You’re already taking the first step and I hope to be part of that journey with you!