My counseling style is client-centered as determined by the needs of the client by focusing on strength-based approaches. I focus on helping clients achieve a more centered, balanced life by giving them the tools needed to grow within life's challenges. I utilize a holistic approach to address the functional, emotional, and psychosocial health of the clients.
I am an autism advocate who has more than 20 years of experience working with parents who have children on the autism spectrum. I also have experience with a wide range of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress. I also work with clients struggling with everyday life difficulties of grief and loss, relationship, career, and spiritual issues.
I have worked with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings which include the following: community organizations and social service agencies, prison, and in-home. I have an extensive background providing counseling, coaching, and social services to clients.
I am passionate about helping to empower clients by validating their feelings and progressing to their goals. I believe healing is a beautiful and complex process and counseling allows me to promote mental and emotional wellness. I remain present with clients to do the healing work with them as they journey to having a vibrant life.
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My typical process for working with a new client begins with conducting an assessment, explaining the process for counseling, and building rapport. I meet clients where they are, collaborate with the client to create goals, and stucture the sessions in a manner that is beneficial to the client.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is licensed in Illinois. I have a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University in Chicago, IL and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.