Having suffered with depression and anxiety since age thirteen, I know what it feels like when emotions have taken control of your life. It can be scary, shameful, and very isolating. I understand that while entering therapy can be uncomfortable, it doesn’t have to be. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to help understand the source of your pain and reduce the troubling symptoms in your life.
I believe my own experiences with anxiety, depression, and postpartum stress have made me a more empathic therapist. It has helped me understand on a very personal level the unique struggles my clients experience. I know firsthand the fear that can be associated with engaging in treatment. My mission in founding Empower Women Counseling is to empower women while reducing the stigma and shame associated with obtaining mental health counseling.
It’s okay to not be okay.
I have been a psychotherapist for nearly ten years with experience in foster care, inpatient, and outpatient hospitals. I received my Masters Degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in clinical social work. My most recent experience was overseeing an Intensive Outpatient Hospitalization Program. I worked regularly with suicidal and self injuring patients while providing comprehensive treatment programming. I have extensive experience in evidence based treatment of chronic mood disorders, crisis intervention, and psychopharmacology.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic. I utilize Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing Techniques, & Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT). Attachment theory focuses on identifying how unmet emotional needs in early childhood mitigates current issues of abandonment, fear of rejection, excessive need of approval from others and negative view of self. (Mikulincer, Shaver, & Pereg, 2003; Wei, 2008)
It is a privilege to bear witness to your journey of healing and I am grateful to be a part of it. If you are suffering with symptoms of anxiety or depression, take the first step to relief. Call me at 708-480-2016 to schedule a free 15-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about your specific situation and how I can be of assistance.f help.