Welcome to my page! I invite you to look around and get to know more about my and practice. If you think I may be a good fit, feel free to connect with me via the contact page.
I was born and raised in the Western suburbs of Chicago and have lived in the Aurora/Naperville area since. I attended DePaul University in Chicago where I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology. Later, I went on to achieve my Masters in Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital and private practice.
Throughout my years of experience in the field I have learned that most of our current problems actually stem from our past experiences. I practice with the belief that almost all mental health problems that masquerade as anxiety, depression, ADHD etc, are rooted in trauma. This is what led me to find passion in the area of trauma work. As a result, I have become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, have become EMDR trained, and regularly attend trainings and workshops to continue to ensure a high quality of care to individuals dealing with trauma or other anxiety-related disorders.
Within the realm of trauma, I am specifically interested in working with adults who may meet a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociation, Attachment Issues, and other Complex PTSD. I additionally work with individuals who struggle with boundaries, toxic or abusive relationships, or who are having difficulty emotionally regulating. I strongly believe in the mind-body connection and believe that successful therapy is holistic and incorporates physiological, cognitive, and neurological healing. Although diagnoses are important for some reasons, I do not focus on labels. Instead, I focus on the person, their problems, and their goals. By practicing this way, it eliminates stigmas surrounding certain diagnoses.
When I am not working as a therapist you can find me working on a home-improvement project, outdoors with my dog Ozzy, trying out a new recipe, or spending time with my husband. I really enjoy being physically active and try to find ways to do that daily whether it's hitting the gym, taking a pilates class, or taking my dog on long walks. I absolutely love my job, but if I wasn't a therapist I think it would be fun to be a chef or a meteorologist.